Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length

2 years part-time or equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$19,530* - 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 A636

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing will advance and consolidate knowledge of Creative Writing theories, practice and skills for the conception, crafting, production and dissemination of creative writing outputs. Students will understand the complexities and opportunities of industries which employ creative writers and possible careers within an international and domestic context.

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.

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.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit 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 services.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will find employment opportunities in a broad range of organisations or will be able to pursue freelance or self-employment opportunities. Throughout the course, students will be exposed, not just to knowledge pertaining to their discipline, but also to practices and ways of understanding creative writing as a cross-disciplinary activity which intersects with other creative and communication fields in digital, promotional and multimedia landscapes. 

Creative writers have never been more in demand. Writers use the most flexible and powerful of technologies - language and the ability to tell stories. Graduates may embark on careers in the industries of online media, gaming, as communications officers in organisations of many kinds (both arts-based, corporate and within government), may contribute to the literary field as editors, online curators, prose or poetry writers, may continue on to jobs within academe or the TAFE sector, may strengthen their profile as secondary teachers, copywriters or within the changing field of print media.

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing, students must complete 8 credit points of study comprising:

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

ALW732Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

ALW730Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay

ALW734Script Writing A

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

ALW740Foundations in Writing Craft and Practice

Elective units


Trimester 1

ALW736Poetics of Writing A

Trimester 2

ALL783Life Writing: Theory and Practice

ALW720Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place

ALW735Script Writing B

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 Diploma of Creative Writing applicants require:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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. 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.

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)
 

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