Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature
Course summary for local students
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 deakin.edu.au/fees.
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.
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.
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To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprised of:
- A maximum of up to 2 credit points of electives from Group 1
- A minimum of at least 2 credit points of electives from Group 2
Group 1 Electives
|ALL702||Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches |
|ALW730||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay |
|ALW732||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out |
|ALL743||Foundations in Narrative Theory |
|ALW740||Foundations in Writing Craft and Practice |
|ALW729||Writing for Communication Media |
Note: It is recommended that students include either ALW740 or ALL743 or both in their first trimester of study.
Group 2 Electives
|ALL701||Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary |
|ALL721||Writing Fiction for Young Adults |
|ALL755||The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis |
|ACA715||Creative Enterprise Project |
|ALL705||Short Stories: Writers and Readers |
|ALL708||The Picture Book: Reading and Writing |
|ALL783||Life Writing: Theory and Practice |
|ALW720||Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place |
|ACC717||Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)|
For course map see http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/current-students/course-structures/index.php
Entry requirements - specific
To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature applicants require:
- a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
- qualifications deemed to be equivalent; or
- extensive relevant work experience undertaken at a senior level as deemed appropriate by the Course Selection Team.
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, see here.
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.