Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature
Course summary for local students
The Graduate Diploma Writing and Literature is designed to balance theoretical understandings with practical skills development. By providing a cross-disciplinary alternative, the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature will provide students with the opportunity to draw on the extensive range of units available across these specialisations.
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.
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. The course provides professional development opportunities for those already employed in publishing, education, library services as well as published authors. Throughout the course, students will be exposed, not just to knowledge of writing and literature, but also to practices and ways of understanding writing as a cross-disciplinary activity which intersects with other creative and communication fields in digital, promotional and multimedia landscapes.
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To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising:
- A maximum of up to 4 credit points of electives from Group 1
- A minimum of at least 4 credit points from Group 2
Group 1 Electives
|ALL743||Foundations in Narrative Theory |
|ALW740||Foundations in Writing Craft and Practice |
|ALL702||Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches |
|ALW732||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out |
|ALW730||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay |
|ALW729||Writing for Communication Media |
Group 2 Electives
|ALL701||Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary |
|ALL708||The Picture Book: Reading and Writing |
|ALL721||Writing Fiction for Young Adults |
|ALW783||Life Writing: Theory and Practice |
|ALW720||Narrative Nonfiction: Stories of Place |
|ALL705||Short Stories: Writers and Readers |
|ALL755||The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis |
|ACC717||Law, Media and Communication (Formerly ALJ724)|
|ACA715||Creative Enterprise Project |
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Entry requirements - specific
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.
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' background 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 Dip entry ||Reduction in course duration ||Remaining course duration |
|Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline ||0.5 year (4 credit points) ||0.5 year (4 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.