Professional and creative writing


Writers use the most basic, flexible and powerful of technologies: language. Study professional and creative writing to launch or enhance your writing career. You’ll cover everything from creative non-fiction and fiction, to poetry and editing.

Work experience: become more employable with industry placements
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere, at anytime

Career opportunities

Writers have never been more in demand. Upon completion of your studies, you could find a career in roles such as:

  • broadcast journalist
  • commissioning editor
  • editor
  • magazine journalist
  • newspaper journalist
  • press photographer
  • press sub-editor
  • publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • writer.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Leaders of the pack

Our staff have many years of combined industry experience, and are leaders in their research fields – so you'll be learning from true experts.

Research with us

Got an idea that could burn a hole in the page? Then take on a higher degree by research and take your insight to the next level.

Learn more about researching with us

Work experience opportunities

As a student of professional and creative writing, you can gain valuable work experience within an Australian company through our work placement program. This will give you the opportunity to broaden your skills, experiences and networks before graduation. 

It’s possible to undertake work placements at magazine and book publishing houses, as well as within broadcast and print media.

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