Associate Degree of Creative WritingAssociate Degree
If you have a way with words and a story to tell, this degree will help build your confidence and provide professional feedback to assist in becoming published. Immerse yourself in the world of words and develop the critical and editorial skills you need to pursue a career as a writer.
Excellent writing skills are in high demand across a range of different professions, and the ability to communicate ideas is invaluable in any sector. The course offers a rich mix of creative writing and literary studies across a range of writing modes in fiction and nonfiction, including experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults.
Graduates of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing may also choose to continue to study for another year and complete their Bachelor of Arts.
This program is taught by writers from the Northern Rivers arts community and beyond. It provides opportunities for hands-on experience with the Byron Writers Festival, the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival and other literary events. The University is also the education partner of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
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.
Develop innovative and creative textual responses to explore contemporary and historical social and cultural issues.
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.
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.
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 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.
- Experimental writing
- Life writing
- Writing for stage and screen
- Writing for young adults.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Lismore||Session 1 , Session 2||333301||053301|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2||N/A||N/A|
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
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:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- three (3) units from Part B
- 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.
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. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|ENG00400||Introduction to Written Texts||Introductory|
|WRI10001||Introduction to Creative Writing||Introductory|
|WRI10002||The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the Environment||Intermediate|
|WRI10003||Short Story Writing||Intermediate|
|ENG00401||Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing||Intermediate|
|ENG00407||Writing for Performance||Intermediate|
|WRI20002||Introduction to Editing and Publishing||Advanced|
|COM10627||Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital Storytelling||Introductory|
|WRI20001||Writing for Young People||Intermediate|