Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length

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) 

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$18,600 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au  

CRICOS course code083987J
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 considered 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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

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.

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP to assist in paying their tuition fees. For more information about HECS-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Full-fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The annual course fee shown has been provided as a guide only. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course a student enrols in and the study load (EFTSL) of the units undertaken. The EFSTL value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

To calculate the cost of each unit you can multiply the course price by the EFTSL value of all units undertaken.

The course based fees may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

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

Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist in pay their tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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, 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

Course structure

Group 1 Electives

ALL702Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW734Script Writing

ALW738Editing

ALW740Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing

Note: It is recommended that students include either ALW740 or ALL743 or both in their first trimester of study.

Group 2 Electives

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ACC717Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL705Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

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

ALL784Writing and Film

ALW720Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place

ALW735Script Writing B

ALW736Advanced Poetics

ALW739Publishing

ALW783Life Writing: Theory and Practice

 

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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.

Pathways

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.