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Associate Degree of Creative Writing

Associate Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    AssocDegCreatWrite

  • Course code

    2207005

  • Credit points

    192


Overview

Effective storytelling connects and engages an audience, whether they read, watch or listen, and creative writing skills are highly sought after by industries worldwide.

Take the first step towards making your wordsmithing career a reality by studying with renowned professional writers. This course offers a rich blend of study across fiction and non-fiction, experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults.

As well as being taught by published writers from the Northern Rivers arts community, you'll benefit from hands-on experience at iconic Australian literary events such as the Byron Writers Festival, and the Kyogle Writers Festival.

Learn more about this degree in the creative writing showcase.

Course Learning Outcome

GA1: Intellectual rigour

Apply analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to creative writing practices and literary studies.

Integrate broad knowledge of writing genres and theoretical ideas to understand and manage practical situations in creative writing.

GA2: Creativity

Apply analysis, reasoning and reflexivity to creative writing practices and literary studies.

Access and evaluate sources of information relevant to the study of creativity and the writing discipline to promote lifelong learning.

Demonstrate an understanding of practices of creativity and literary analysis using a variety of conceptual frameworks.

GA3: Ethical practice

Demonstrate cosmopolitan and multicultural values through appropriate ethical perspectives on social and cultural issues.

GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Integrate broad knowledge of writing genres and theoretical ideas to understand and manage practical situations in creative writing.

GA5: Lifelong learning

Access and evaluate sources of information relevant to the study of creativity and the writing discipline to promote lifelong learning.

GA6: Communication and social skills

Develop a broad range of communication skills using various mediums to convey knowledge and ideas within their chosen pathway.

GA7: Cultural competence

Demonstrate cosmopolitan and multicultural values through appropriate ethical perspectives on social and cultural issues.

Demonstrate an understanding of practices of creativity and literary analysis using a variety of conceptual frameworks.

Opportunities exist for writing students to undertake work placements with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) (an education partner of our University), the Byron Writers Festival, and the Kyogle Writers Festival.

You can undertake an optional professional placement unit of 70 – 100 hours in an appropriate organisation, developing your knowledge and skills.

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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Term 1 N/A N/A

Requirements

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.

Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree of Creative Writing, students must complete the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising:

  • 15 core units (180 credit points), and
  • 1 project unit (12 credit points).

To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Creative Writing, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • core units (96 credit points).

Course structure

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 Available Credit points Notes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003 Written Communication
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
WRIT1002 Introduction to Creative Writing
Term1,3
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term1,3
N/A
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
WRIT1001 Introduction to Written Texts
Term2,4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
POLT1002 World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
WRIT2001 Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
Term3,5
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
Term5
WRIT2005 Writing Genre
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
CLST1004 Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WRIT2006 Writing for Young People
Term5
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term5
N/A

Second Year

WRIT3001 Theories of Text and Culture
Term1
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisites Must have completedWRIT1001 - Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT2007 Writing Poetry
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term2
N/A
CLST2002 Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
12
Location Domestic International
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
WRIT2003 Writing Lives
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term3
N/A
WRIT2004 Short Story Writing
Term3
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term3
Term3
WRIT3002 Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Term4
12
Location Domestic International
Online
Term4
N/A
Option Unit

Unit Code Unit Title Notes
Complete all core units
WRIT1003 Written Communication
POLT1002 World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
CLST2002 Australia, Asia and the World
CLST1004 Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CRTV1002 Create: Innovate: Change
WRIT1001 Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT1002 Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT2004 Short Story Writing
WRIT2005 Writing Genre
WRIT2001 Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT2003 Writing Lives
WRIT3002 Introduction to Editing and Publishing
WRIT2006 Writing for Young People
WRIT2007 Writing Poetry
WRIT3001 Theories of Text and Culture
Choose one project unit
COMM3004 Independent Project
COMM3002 Professional Placement
COMM3001 Community Engagement Project