Bachelor of Creative Writing (T3 2022)

Undergraduate degree

If you're interested in a career in professional writing or publishing, Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Writing could be for you.

This is the Trimester 3, 2022 version of this course.

The Trimester 3 teaching period starts from 7 November 2022.

Applications for this course close 30 October 2022.

Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2022 close 30 October 2022

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

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 texts, 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, developing your writing and editing skills alongside aspiring professional creatives like you.

Under the guidance of teachers who are published writers themselves, you will 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 will 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.

Through this hands-on approach, you’ll develop and extend your style and craft, 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 information

Award granted
Bachelor of Creative Writing

2022 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
095259J Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
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.

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)

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

  • Writing Project
  • Writing Lives: Emerging Forms and Contemporary Practices
  • 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
  • Caring for Country
  • IND201 Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives [No longer available for enrolment]

    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
  • 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. 

    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.

    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

    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 2022 students (PDF, 804.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

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    Direct applications are open for applicants who are not currently in Year 12, including:

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Writing (T3 2022) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Student Central can help you with course planning, choosing the right units and explaining course rules and requirements.


    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


    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


    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


    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