Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

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

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
2 years part-time
2 years part-time
Location
Online
Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1108105
Course abbreviation
GradDipCreatWrite
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Fee paying
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

Do you dream of emulating the likes of Liane Moriarty, Jane Harper, Stephen King or Tim Winton with your literary creations at the top of the must-read lists? Do you want to investigate and document the most intriguing characters, events and issues? 

Whichever form of writing drives your literary passion, this course will provide the focus, feedback and advice to turn your ideas into publishable works.

We'll help you develop your skills across a number of genres, and source specific and strategic feedback from professional writers. You can also undertake an extended writing project.

With a view to publishing, editing and practical career opportunities, you’ll benefit greatly from our strong connections within the Northern Rivers arts community. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

Do you dream of emulating the likes of Liane Moriarty, Jane Harper, Stephen King or Tim Winton with your literary creations at the top of the must-read lists? Do you want to investigate and document the most intriguing characters, events and issues? 

Whichever form of writing drives your literary passion, this course will provide the focus, feedback and advice to turn your ideas into publishable works.

We'll help you develop your skills across a number of genres, and source specific and strategic feedback from professional writers. You can also undertake an extended writing project.

With a view to publishing, editing and practical career opportunities, you’ll benefit greatly from our strong connections within the Northern Rivers arts community. Southern Cross is the education partner of the Byron Writers Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

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.

All applicants must have completed a three-year undergraduate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience.

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who can demonstrate writing expertise (based on work at a professional level that has been published within the five-year period prior to admission to candidature) may be granted Advanced Standing of up to two units. 

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
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.0
Writing6.0
Listening6.0
Speaking6.0

About the course

This course has no majors but you undertake an extended writing project as well as the following units:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Literary studies
  • Poetics
  • Writing across the genres
  • Writing as a profession.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Online1, 2

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Online1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 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.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

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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.

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 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 for an intended audience.

Demonstrate an awareness of a variety of cultural voices with a commitment to Indigenous and local perspectives on social and cultural issues.


Teaching methods

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

Career opportunities exist as a writer of novels and scripts; food, nature, art or travel writer; feature journalist; critic and reviewer; essayist; poet; editor and publisher; or as a writer for marketing and public relations, the public service and arts-related industries.

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

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing a candidate shall successfully complete the 8 units (96 credit points) listed in the Schedule of Units.


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

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