Course summary

Immerse yourself in the world of words and become a confident and skilled creative writer. The Associate Degree of Creative Writing provides students with a broad range of skills spanning several writing genres. It enables students to focus on the practice and theory of writing, along with developing the attributes and skills needed for a professional career in writing.

If you have a way with words, a passion for writing, or a story to tell, this degree will help build your confidence and provide professional feedback to assist in becoming published. 

The course offers a rich mix of creative writing and literary studies across a range of writing modes in fiction and non-fiction, including experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults.

After completion of the Associate degree, students may choose to apply to study a further eight units to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The University is the education partner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Writers’ Festival.

Immerse yourself in the world of words and become a confident and skilled creative writer. The Associate Degree of Creative Writing provides students with a broad range of skills spanning several writing genres. It enables students to focus on the practice and theory of writing, along with developing the attributes and skills needed for a professional career in writing.

If you have a way with words, a passion for writing, or a story to tell, this degree will help build your confidence and provide professional feedback to assist in becoming published. 

The course offers a rich mix of creative writing and literary studies across a range of writing modes in fiction and non-fiction, including experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults.

After completion of the Associate degree, students may choose to apply to study a further eight units to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The University is the education partner of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Writers’ Festival.

While this course has no majors, studies in fiction and non-fiction writing include:
  • experimental writing
  • journalism
  • life writing
  • poetry
  • writing for stage and screen
  • writing for young adults

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Apply critical analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to creative writing practices.

Demonstrate the ability to develop a creative written piece incorporating a range of writing techniques.

Creativity

Develop innovative and creative textual responses to explore contemporary and historical social and cultural issues.

Ethical practice

Investigate and evaluate issues with reference to principles of creativity, according to ethical conventions in the humanities.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a critical understanding of practices of creativity using a variety of conceptual frameworks.

Demonstrate a command of at least one discipline within the range of writing genres. Apply theoretical ideas to understand and manage practical situations in creative writing.

Lifelong learning

Access, interpret and evaluate sources of information relevant to the study of creativity and the writing discipline.

Communication and social skills

Construct and present narratives in written text.

Negotiate contested issues and work collaboratively with others to achieve mutually agreed outcomes.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate a cosmopolitan and multicultural commitment as well as a local perspective on social and cultural issues.

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to interact in a culturally competent way with Indigenous communities.

Opportunities exist for writing students to undertake work placements with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), the Byron Bay Writers Festival, and the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. Students can choose a professional placement unit during which they can spend 70 - 100 hours in an appropriate organisation using their knowledge and skills. 


Course overview

Course code

2207005

Course abbreviation

AssocDegCreatWrite

Credit points

192

Equivalent units

16

Duration

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Lismore Session 1 333301 053301
Online Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $20,560 ($2,570 per unit) 040061M

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. eight (8) units from Part B; and
    3. three (3) units from Part C
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Creative Writing has completed 8 units from either Part A or Part B may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Creative Writing following withdrawal from candidature for the Associate Degree.
  3. A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Creative Writing has completed 4 units from either Part A or Part B may elect to be awarded a Certificate of Creative Writing following withdrawal from candidature for the Associate Degree.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
WRI10001 - Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate

Part B

Part C


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Plus one of the following Part C units:
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
CUL00412 - Indigenous Ways of Cultural Expression Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Plus two units from:
Part B
Plus one of the following Part C units:
SOC10399 - Philosophy on Screen: Film and Television Introductory
HUM00271 - Unruly Subjects: Citizenship Introductory
COM10627 - Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
3 units from:
Part B
Year 2, Session 2
3 units from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 2, Session 1
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 2, Session 2
Two units from:
Part B
Year 3, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 3, Session 2
One unit from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C
Year 4, Session 1
One unit from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C
Year 4, Session 2
One unit from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Plus one unit from:
Part C
Year 2, Session 1
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Plus two units from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C
Year 2, Session 2
Three units from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C
Year 3, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Plus three units from:
Part B

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 - Written Communication Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 2, Session 2
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 3, Session 1
WRI10002 - The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment Intermediate
Plus one unit from:
Part B
Year 3, Session 2
Two units from:
Part B
Year 4, Session 1
Two units from:
Part B
Year 4, Session 2
Two units from:
Part C
Year 5, Session 1
One unit from:
Part B
Plus one unit from:
Part C