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.

Get work-ready

Under the tutelage of staff who are published authors themselves, you’ll study the craft of writing, art of storytelling, creativity and the process of editing and revision. Finesse your writing and gain expertise across a range of genres and styles. You’ll explore contemporary approaches and their histories in areas like creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, poetry, as well as short and extended fiction writing. You’ll benefit from unique opportunities to gain industry experience, conduct creative research work and produce content for professional-standard digital and print publications.


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, masters 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.

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Immerse yourself in your creative practice when you major in dance, drama, photography, publishing, visual arts and writing, and personalise your degree with minors in complementary study areas.

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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
  • digital content producer
  • magazine journalist
  • newspaper journalist
  • press photographer
  • press sub-editor
  • publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • writer.

I have been exposed to industry professionals who collaborate with us to help develop our writing. The growth and experience I have gained as a writing student has made the idea of getting published while still at university a tangible goal.

Maddie Brake

Bachelor of Arts (Literary Studies and Creative Writing)

Hands-on experience

Learn with passionate industry specialists who are published authors. You may even see your work published before graduating with unique opportunities to gain industry experience, work on studio projects, conduct creative research work and produce content for professional-standard digital and written publications.

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

Postgraduate Writing and Literature course information

Hone your expertise in writing and literature and gain practical tools in critical analysis, editing and research. Whether you want to develop the skills to analyse literary works, build your creative writing practice, or craft publishable pieces of professional writing, we will help fulfil your career aspirations.

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