The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing) is a 108-unit program for which 72 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing) normally requires part-time study over a minimum of two years or four semesters. It is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The stream undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Faculty Board may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to:
- equip students with a thorough grounding in the major content and concerns of literature and writing practice throughout the epochs
- produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively in a range of mediums, and who are able to analyse critically different texts in a range of situations and contexts
- provide students with the skills required to assist them in developing and publishing works of creative writing
- identify the range of fields and professions within the creative writing industry
- encourage learning and transferable skills in both independent and collaborative contexts
- encourage students to connect across boundaries and value ethical behaviour through the study of quality literature and the praxis of creative writing
- provide students with an appreciation of the role of the writer in the working community.
The course also aims to provide students with:
- a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen area of study
- the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired
- the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways
- the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- the skills to connect across geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries
- an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour
On the completion of the Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing), students are expected to be able to:
- apply their transferable skills across a range of professions
- communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- demonstrate knowledge of literature and creative writing throughout the epochs
- demonstrate knowledge of how the cultural and literary merit of literature and other creative works are, and have been, defined
- communicate an understanding of the interpretation of literary texts
- demonstrate knowledge of professional pathways for creative writers, and understand the role of the writer in the community.
Students will also be expected to be able to demonstrate:
- a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles of their chosen discipline, and as a pathway to lifelong learning
- initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and present a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
- critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
- application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing), a student must complete 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Stream - Creative Writing
27 units comprising:
ENGL1101 Approaches to Literature (4.5 units)
ENGL1102 Literary Interpretations (4.5 units)
ENGL2143 Approaches to Creative Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL2145 Approaches to Popular Fiction (4.5 units)
ENGL3210 Prose Fiction Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL3211 Exploring Nonfiction Genres (4.5 units)
Select 9 units from the topics listed below:
ENGL2133 Vikings and Anglo Saxon Literature (4.5 units)
ENGL2134 Publishing and Editing (4.5 units)
ENGL2141 Life Writing (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)
PHIL2609 Philosophy and Literature (4.5 units)