Associate Degree of Creative Writing

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:06 AM on Sat, 26 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR
55
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March
Course code
2207005
Course abbreviation
AssocDegCreatWrite
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
View in availability and fee details
Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
View in availability and fee details

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course 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 inaugural Kyogle Writers Festival.

Learn more about this degree in the creative writing showcase.

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 inaugural Kyogle Writers Festival.

Learn more about this degree in the creative writing showcase.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.7
Bangladesh HSC3.3
Brazil SSLC7.8
Canada High School OSSD48
Chile PSU6.0, overall 600/649
China Gao Kao436
Colombia CB (NAT)73, overall 300/349
Denmark USSLE5.8
France FB10.5
German Abitur4.2
Hong Kong HKDSE13
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)7, 63%
Indonesia SMA7.8
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC3.7
Korea, Republic of, CSAT3.7
Malaysia ICSSUEC65
Malaysia STPM3
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate65
Nepal Proficiency Certificate78
Norway GPA1.3
Pakistan HSSC29
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)3.6
Peru OCSE16
Phillipines NSAT86
Russia FCCSE4.1
Saudi Arabia MESSLC78
Singapore SCGCE14.5
Spain SSSD7.8
Spain SUOY4.5
Sri Lanka GCE4
Sweden SSLC1.5
Taiwan GSAT50
Thailand CSE42, GPA 1.7
Turkey HSD3.7
UK Board GCE A Levels12
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1350, ACT 18
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 Average

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.0
Listeningminimum 5.5
Readingminimum 5.5
Speakingminimum 5.5
Writingminimum 5.5

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineTerm  1

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

View domestic application details View international application details

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:

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


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Complete all core units
WRIT1003Written Communication
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
WRIT2005Writing Genre
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
WRIT2003Writing Lives
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Choose one project unit
COMM3004Independent Project
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3001Community Engagement Project


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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

WRIT1003Written Communication
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Anti-requisitesENG00410 - Introduction to Creative Writing
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
POLT1002World Politics and Global Environmental Challenges
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3,5
Term5
WRIT2005Writing Genre
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
Term5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term5
N/A

Second Year

WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
N/A
Online
Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesMust have completedWRIT1001 - Introduction to Written Texts
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
WRIT2003Writing Lives
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3
N/A
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4
N/A
Option Unit


Unit groups

Option Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMM3004Independent Project
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3001Community Engagement Project

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.


Assessment methods

Assessment tasks may include creative writing assignments, theoretical essays and creative-research projects.

Teaching methods

Our students experience a variety of online teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, and interactive workshops. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you could launch a career as a novelist or scriptwriter; a food, nature, arts or travel specialist; feature journalist; critic and reviewer; essayist; poet; editor and publisher; or as a writer in government, corporate marketing and public relations, among other options.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing may also choose to continue to study for a further year and complete their Bachelor of Arts.

Professional placement

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 inaugural Kyogle Writers Festival.

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

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.

Related courses