Bachelor of Creative Writing

Undergraduate degree

Study the craft of writing, the art of storytelling, creativity and the process of editing and revision. You'll explore narrative-driven works, creative nonfiction and scriptwriting, new takes on poetry and much more.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
60.05
Waurn Ponds:
66.8
Cloud:
57.75
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Very late VTAC entry closes 4 December 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

With Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Writing, you can turn your fascination with writing into a fulfilling life-path that fosters your natural creativity and professionalises your skills. Graduate from this industry-led degree as a polished and agile writer, with skills across a broad range of styles. 

Gain practical experience writing compelling prose, creating characters and worlds that leap off the page, all while discovering the specific techniques that bring each genre to life. Build industry experience through internships at publishing houses and festivals or spend a year on the editorial team of Deakin's own international writing and creative arts journal, Verandah, honing your writing and editing skills alongside aspiring professional creatives like you. 

Under the guidance of teachers who are published writers themselves, you'll explore many genres of writing, including short and extended fiction, creative nonfiction, digital approaches, poetry and script writing. 

Do you have an eye for detail and an idea for a good story? 

Collaborate and improve your skills working with peers in interdisciplinary teams for writing, film, drama and new technologies.

You’ll be supported to identify and pursue opportunities for writing and editing in new media, cross-genre experimentation and creative production with an awareness of entrepreneurial initiative and know-how.

You’ll benefit from unique opportunities to:

  • gain industry experience
  • work on studio projects
  • conduct creative research work
  • produce content for professional-standard digital and print publications.

Work on studio projects to develop and extend your style and craft and undertake creative research work, producing professional-standard publications for web and print before you graduate.

We also encourage you to pursue opportunities for writing and editing in new media, including for our own international writing journal, Verandah.

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Course structure

Students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • 9 credit points of core units
  • 3 credit points chosen from course elective listing A
  • 6 credit points chosen from course elective listing B
  • 6 credit points of open elective units
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • a minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Level 1

  • The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others
  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity
  • Writing Spaces: Paradigms and Provocations
  • Level 2

  • Creative Nonfiction: Inquiry, Integrity, Vulnerability
  • Designing Fictions
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence
  • Level 3

  • Studio Writing Project (2 credit points)
  • Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication
  • Course electives

    Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from List A below:

  • Design Skills
  • Digital Photography
  • Improvisation in Drama and Performance
  • Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World
  • From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Making Social Media
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines
  • Complete six 1-credit point units chosen from List B below including a minimum of three level 3 units: 

    Level 2

  • Freelancing in the Arts
  • Poetry: Events in Language
  • The Role of the Editor
  • Gender, Sex and Literature
  • Writing for Games: Designing Quests and Characters
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Web Design and Interactivity
  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives
  • Level 3

  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A
  • Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics
  • Classics and Trash
  • Reading the End of Nature
  • Writing for Young People
  • Writing Lives: Emerging Forms and Contemporary Practices
  • Electives and Majors

    Plus 6 credit points of general elective units

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts. Electives can be used to:

    • Explore fields of study and ideas that inspire you. You may consider history, literary studies, philosophy, creative arts such as photography, film and so on, gender studies, children's literature, journalism, design, language (other than English) or other fields.
    • Complete a 4 unit suite that complements the main study.
    • Complete a number of units that have some degree of coherency by completing at least two units in one area of study.

    Note: Regarding majors, students who wish to graduate from the Bachelor of Creative Writing with a parallel major can be in consultation with the course director to plan the necessary course structure.  Ideally, this is done in the early trimesters of your degree and before completion of any course electives or general electives. 

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Writing
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314121 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514121 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400614121 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A316
    CRICOS code?
    095259J
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any History, Literature, any LOTE, Texts And Traditions or Visual Communication Design equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Writing with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Access work placements in publishing and media

    Learn from academic staff who are published authors

    Explore opportunities to have your work published

    Write and edit for our international journal Verandah

    Career outcomes

    As a creative writing graduate, you will have the practical skills to work with interdisciplinary teams in writing, film, drama and new technologies. Career opportunities include:

    • author
    • book editor
    • copyeditor
    • copywriter
    • journalist
    • magazine editor or writer
    • publisher
    • scriptwriter
    • speechwriter
    • technical writer.

    You may also choose to transition into fourth-year solo projects in Deakin's selective Honours program, or postgraduate studies in creative writing research and production.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply knowledge of creative writing modes and theories and their production in the context of professional, historical, cultural and stylistic frameworks, including skills in composition, editing, presentation and aspects of publication

    Communication

    Communicate through writing that is technically and aesthetically proficient and demonstrates awareness of, or ability to extend, established writing conventions to produce works that communicate effectively using suitable written forms and techniques

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and industry-specific digital technologies for the research, production and presentation of creative materials, including technologies for the innovative generation or dissemination of work, or those required in various professional contexts

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate competencies in the production of texts and discourses informed by rigorous research, close reading, critical thinking and analysis, and by selecting and applying the appropriate creative writing forms and conventions

    Problem solving

    Analyse and respond creatively to editorial or publishing briefs or opportunities by employing creative and professional writing or communication strategies to identify, solve or reframe aesthetic, theoretical or real-world challenges and limitations

    Self-management

    Demonstrate responsibility for personal learning through autonomy, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in the Professional and Creative Writing industry and scholarly and other contexts

    Teamwork

    Actively participate and make constructive contributions to processes of creative and critical collaboration within or across disciplines, sharing of peer feedback in writing workshops and online forums, and demonstrate professional and ethical negotiation with collaborators and colleagues

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate ethical global citizenship and awareness of cultural diversity and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and in professional roles and community collaborations

    Approved by Faculty Board December 2014

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