Associate Degree of Creative Writing

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Wed, 20 October

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International snapshot

ATAR
55
Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
2 years full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March, July
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 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, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and others.

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, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and others.

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

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
OnlineSession  1, Session  2

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

Online
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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 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

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 Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

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

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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

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
CLST1005Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
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 Note 1
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing Note 1
WRIT2006Writing for Young People Note 1
WRIT2007Writing Poetry Note 1
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Choose one project unit
COMM3004Independent Project
COMM3002Professional Placement
COMM3001Community Engagement Project


Course progressions

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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
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
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session1
WRIT1003Written Communication
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisitesENG00410 Introduction to Creative Writing
Year 1, Session 2
WRIT2006 -  Writing for Young People OR Note 1
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
CLST1005Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times OR
WRIT2003Writing Lives
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
WRIT2004 -  Short Story Writing OR
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
Year 2, Session 1
WRIT2005Writing Genre
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisitesDSGN1001 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisiteshave completed units: ENG00400 Introduction to Written Texts
Year 2, Session 2
WRIT2001 -  Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing OR
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
WRIT2007 -  Writing Poetry OR Note 1
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
WRIT2003 -  Writing Lives OR Note 1
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Choose one of the following:
COMM3001 -  Community Engagement Project OR COMM3004 -  Independent Project OR COMM3002 -  Professional Placement

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
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
WRIT2006 -  Writing for Young People OR Note 1
WRIT2001Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
CLST1005Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
CLST1004 -  Critical Thinking for Digital Times OR
WRIT2003Writing Lives
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
WRIT2004 -  Short Story Writing OR
WRIT2007Writing Poetry
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
Year 2, Session 1
CLST2002Australia, Asia and the World
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,3
Session1,3
WRIT1001Introduction to Written Texts
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1,3
Session1
WRIT1003Written Communication
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coomera
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
WRIT1002Introduction to Creative Writing
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisitesENG00410 Introduction to Creative Writing
Year 2, Session 2
WRIT2001 -  Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing OR
WRIT2006Writing for Young People
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
N/A
WRIT2007 -  Writing Poetry OR Note 1
WRIT2004Short Story Writing
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
WRIT2003 -  Writing Lives OR Note 1
CLST1004Critical Thinking for Digital Times
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Choose one of the following:
COMM3001 -  Community Engagement Project OR COMM3004 -  Independent Project OR COMM3002 -  Professional Placement
Year 3, Session 1
WRIT2005Writing Genre
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
Anti-requisitesDSGN1001 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
WRIT3002Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
N/A
WRIT3001Theories of Text and Culture
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisiteshave completed units: ENG00400 Introduction to Written Texts


Notes

Note 1: *This is a biennial unit

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