Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature

Course summary for local students

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

0.5 year full time or equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$8,370 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Dr Elizabeth Bullen, +61 3 92443965, elizabeth.bullen@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

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 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.

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.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study comprised of:

  • A minimum of at least 2 credit points of electives from Group 1
  • A maximum of up to 2 credit points of electives from Group 2

Course structure

Group 1 Electives

Trimester 1

ALL702

Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW734Script Writing A

ALL727Contemporary Poetry

ALW738Editing

Trimester 1 or trimester 2

ALL743Foundations in Narrative Theory

Trimester 2

ALW740Foundations in Writing Craft and Practice

ALL722Texts for Young Adults

ALL706Histories, Fictions

ALW729Writing 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

Trimester 1

ALL701Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary

ALL721Writing Fiction for Young Adults

ALL755

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

ALW736Poetics of Writing A

Trimester 2

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALL705Short Stories: Writers and Readers

ALL708The Picture Book: Reading and Writing

ALL783Life Writing: Theory and Practice

ALW720Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place

ALW735Script Writing B

ALL784Writing and Film

ACC717Law Media and Communication[Formerly ALJ724]

ALW739Publishing

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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.

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

 

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