Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature

Course summary for local students


2016 course information

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes

This course is 0.5 years full-time duration or equivalent. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2016No fees defined
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

Deakin course code A535

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature offers a cross-disciplinary foundation in Writing and Literature. Students have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of units across specialisations in Children’s Literature, Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Professional Writing. The course provides specialised knowledge of critical and creative practices and ways of understanding writing, reading and preparing texts for publication as a cross-disciplinary activity. The course is designed for people with professional or personal interests in writing and literature who are seeking further professional qualifications while working.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


Career opportunities

The courses are designed for professionals working in fields requiring high-level analytical and writing skills, such as teaching, the public service and fields related to the publishing industry where flexibility and multi-skilling enhance employment opportunities.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature, students must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprised of:

  • 2 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point of Writing units 
  • 1 credit point of Literature units 

Course structure

Core units 

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

ALW740Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing

Writing units 

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALC708Blogging and Online Communication Techniques

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW734Script Writing

ALW736Advanced Poetics



Literature units

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALL705Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALL755The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis

ALL784Writing and Film

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Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature applicants require:

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline area; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.


A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Editing, English Literature, Literary Studies, Children's Literature, Professional Writing, Publishing, Creative Writing or Writing.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Cert entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year part-time (2 credit points) 0.5 year part-time (2 credit points

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage.