The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) requires three years of full-time study. The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
Additionally, applicants will have to demonstrate their creative abilities through the submission of a portfolio, written statement, curriculum vitae and referee details.
The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by:
- equipping students with practical skills in writing, research and editing, so that graduates will be experienced in a variety of forms that are required in both literary and professional contexts;
- producing students who are critical readers with competent editing skills;
- developing in students an understanding of literary genres, styles and forms, which includes an understanding of their historical, social and cultural contexts;
- developing in students an understanding of the culture of writing and publishing in Australia;
- producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and solve problems creatively;
- enabling students to acquire communication skills that will enhance the performance of their own work as well as be useful in any profession where oral presentation of material is essential.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), students will be able to demonstrate:
- conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
- teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
- high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
- sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness of practices related to their chosen program
- knowledge of aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
- initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
- skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
- critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
- application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
- the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.
Stream - Creative Writing
Core - Year 1 topics
22.5 units comprising
CREA1001 Introduction to the Creative Arts (4.5 units)
CREA1021 Approaches to Creative Writing (4.5 units)
CREA1022 Creative Writing Workshop (4.5 units)
ENGL1101 Approaches to Literature (4.5 units)
SCME1003 Essential Multimedia (4.5 units)
Elective - Year 1 topics
plus 13.5 units of elective topics. Elective topics may be selected from any offered by the University, provided topic prerequisites are met.
Core - Year 2 and 3 topics
13.5 units comprising
CREA2100 The Craft of Writing Workshop (4.5 units)
CREA2106 Creative Arts Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
CREA3100 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop (4.5 units)
Option - Year 2 and 3 topics
Select 4.5 - 9 units from
CREA3101 Prose Fiction Writing A (4.5 units)
CREA3102 Prose Fiction Writing B (4.5 units)
Select 49.5 - 54 units from the topics listed below
CREA2122 Reading and Writing Poetry (4.5 units)
CREA2141 Life Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL2120 Shakespeare (4.5 units)
ENGL2121 Adaptations: Reading Texts and Film (4.5 units)
ENGL2130 Crime Fiction and Film: From Poe to the Postmodern (4.5 units)
ENGL2131 Twenty-First Century Literature: Texts and Contexts (4.5 units)
ENGL2133 Vikings and Anglo Saxon Literature (4.5 units)
ENGL2134 Publishing and Editing (4.5 units)
ENGL2140 Epochs of English (4.5 units)
ENGL2146 The Gothic Tradition (4.5 units)
ENGL2147 Medieval Myths: the Origins of Modern Fantasy (4.5 units)
ENGL3110 Canon to Contemporary (4.5 units)
ENGL3111 Epic Literature: Medieval to Early Modern (4.5 units)
ENGL3211 Exploring Nonfiction Genres (4.5 units)
SCME2071 Introduction to Script Writing (4.5 units)
SCME2106 Narrative and Storytelling (4.5 units)
SCME3074 Applied Screenwriting (4.5 units)
Refer to Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)