Not offered in 2021
The Creative Writing stream is part of the Master of Creative Arts 72-unit program comprising coursework, project and thesis components. The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Credit of up to 36 units may be granted on the basis of an approved Honours degree in the areas of creative writing, drama performance or screen production.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution with major studies in creative writing, drama performance or screen production. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
In addition, applicants for the Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) must submit a portfolio of writing of approximately 20 pages. Work (published or unpublished) can be in more than one genre. It can be work previously assessed in university or TAFE writing topics. Candidates must also submit a statement of no more than 300 words explaining what they hope to achieve in the degree as well as a CV of no more than three pages detailing publications, work and educational background, plus any relevant professional or community experience.
The course aims to:
- provide a high quality postgraduate program in which actors, directors, producers and writers can enhance their creative and practical skills within a framework of academic study
- fulfil the need for professional studies in creative writing at postgraduate level.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have:
- the advanced creative skills required by professional practitioners in the creative industries and have shown evidence of creativity by producing original work
- demonstrated that they can produce original work to a high professional standard by completing research-based practical and/or creative projects in their chosen art form
- high-level conceptual and interpretive skills necessary for producing and promoting original work and for solving complex problems as part of this process
- advanced skills to analyse and critically evaluate complex ideas, to set and solve research problems
- demonstrated that they can participate effectively in a creative team
- demonstrated the ability to work within employment structures in their chosen field and identified and demonstrated the ability to pursue some of the employment opportunities available in the creative industries.
Applicants who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts or who hold an approved Honours degree or equivalent may be granted up to 36 units of credit. Applicants may be granted up to 36 units of credit for approved, relevant work experience and/or approved, relevant creative products. The maximum credit that will be granted for any combination of the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts or an approved Honours degree or equivalent, and approved relevant work experience, and approved relevant creative products will be 36 units.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
The final 36 units in the Master of Creative Arts is made up of the following:
- Between 9 and 27 units of Creative Arts Project topics
- Between 9 and 27 units of Creative Arts Thesis topics
- Students may also choose to complete an optional workshop component, to be undertaken as individual participation in an approved technical and/or specialist short-course workshop.
Option - Year 1 & 2 topics
Select 36 units from:
CREA7711 Reading Like a Writer (4.5 units)
CREA7718 Theorising Creative Writing (4.5 units)
CREA8101 Approved Special Project in Creative Arts (4.5 units)
ENGL7712 Advanced Literary Studies (4.5 units)
ENGL7713 Advanced Genre Studies (4.5 units)
ENGL7714 Thinking About Theory (4.5 units)
ENGL7715 The Public Cultures of Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL7716 Approved Short Project (4.5 units)
ENGL7717 Special Honours Topic (4.5 units)
Option - Project, thesis and workshop topics
A further 36 units selected from:
CREA9401 Creative Arts Project (4.5 units)
CREA9401A Creative Arts Project (9 units)
CREA9401B Creative Arts Project (9 units)
CREA9401C Creative Arts Project (9 units)
CREA9402 Creative Arts Thesis (4.5 units)
CREA9402A Creative Arts Thesis (9 units)
CREA9402B Creative Arts Thesis (9 units)
CREA9402C Creative Arts Thesis (9 units)
CREA9403 Creative Arts Workshop (4.5 units)