Associate Degree of Creative Writing

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 3:46 PM on Wed, 12 May

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
View full English language requirements
ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Lismore
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
2207005
Course abbreviation
AssocDegCreatWrite
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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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 guidance from highly regarded 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, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and others.

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.

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 guidance from highly regarded 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, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and others.

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.

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

LocationSession
Lismore1, 2
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Lismore1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)040061M
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

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

Lismore

We are currently updating the apply methods for this course, please check back soon or contact our Future Students Team on 1800 626 481.

We are currently updating the apply methods for this course, please check back soon or contact our Future Students Team on 1800 626 481.

Online

Applications for this session or study period have now closed.

Applications for this session or study period have now closed

International students studying in Australia

Lismore

Applications for this session or study period have now closed.

Applications for this session or study period have now closed

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

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Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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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 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.

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.

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.


Assessment methods

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

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates might find work as a writer of novels and scripts; a food, nature, art or travel writer; a 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 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

Students can choose a professional placement unit during which they spend 70 - 100 hours in an appropriate organisation, developing their 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.


Course requirements

  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. three (3) units from Part B
  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.

Course structure




Course progressions

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

TitleLevel of learningNote
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
Choose one Part B Unit
Year 1, Session 2
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
COM10627 -  Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital StorytellingIntroductory
WRI20001 -  Writing for Young PeopleIntermediate
ENG00407 -  Writing for PerformanceIntermediate
Year 2, Session 1
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
WRI20002 -  Introduction to Editing and PublishingAdvanced
ENG00411 -  Writing GenreIntermediate
Choose One Part B Unit
Year 2, Session 2
ENG00401 -  Issues and Themes in Contemporary WritingIntermediate
WRI20003 -  Writing PoetryIntermediate
WRI20004 -  Writing LivesIntermediate
Choose One Part B Unit

TitleLevel of learningNote
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 2 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
COM10295 -  Written CommunicationIntroductory
WRI10001 -  Introduction to Creative WritingIntroductory
WRI20001 -  Writing for Young PeopleIntermediate Note 1
COM10627 -  Telling Tales: Introduction to Digital StorytellingIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG00400 -  Introduction to Written TextsIntroductory
WRI10002 -  The Nature of Narrative: Self, Time, Place and the EnvironmentIntermediate
ENG00411 -  Writing GenreIntermediate
Choose One Part B Unit
Year 2, Session 2
ENG00401 -  Issues and Themes in Contemporary WritingIntermediate
WRI20003 -  Writing PoetryIntermediate
WRI20004 -  Writing LivesIntermediate
WRI10003 -  Short Story WritingIntermediate
Year 2 , Session 3
ENG00407 -  Writing for PerformanceIntermediate
Year 3, Session 1
WRI20002 -  Introduction to Editing and PublishingAdvanced
Choose two (2) Part B Units


Notes

Note 1: Students will need to submit a Unit Approval Request through My Enrolment to study this unit concurrently with the pre-requisite unit WRI10001 Introduction to Creative Writing in Session 2.

Unit groups

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