Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature
Course summary for local students
2016 course information
|Award granted ||Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
This course is 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
Tel 03 5227 1359
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|CRICOS course code||083988G|
|Deakin course code ||A664|
The Graduate Diploma of 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 provides students with the opportunity to draw on the extensive range of units available across a suite of specialisations.
The Graduate Diploma 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.
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 of:
- 2 credit points of core units
- 2 credit points of Writing units
- 2 credit points of Literature units
- 2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication
|ALL743||Foundations in Narrative Theory |
|ALW740||Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing |
Writing & Literature Units
|ACA715||Creative Enterprise Project |
|ALC708||Blogging and Online Communication Techniques |
|ALW730||Creative Nonfiction: the Personal Essay |
|ALW732||Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out |
|ALL701||Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary |
|ALL702||Criticism of Literature for Children: A Variety of Approaches |
|ALL705||Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories |
|ALL708||The Picture Book: Reading and Writing |
|ALL721||Writing Fiction for Young Adults |
|ALL755||The Other Side of the World: Literature of Sadness - The Body - Mind in Crisis |
2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication
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.
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 or 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
Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
|Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)|