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C04109v7 Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Award(s): Master of Arts in Creative Writing (MA)
UAC code: 940512 (Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 032331E
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Applications
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed for experienced writers who want to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills. Students learn valuable skills and work towards developing a major project under the guidance of an academic faculty member with expertise in creative writing.

Students study one genre in depth or explore a range of genres and media.

Course aims

Graduates of this course develop:

  • general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres
  • an ability to develop and critically revise their own work
  • an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of media and contemporary cultural forms
  • a critical knowledge of cultural and aesthetic debates, and
  • an ability to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in cultural industries.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Write to a publishable standard across a range of genres, demonstrating an advanced understanding of the appropriate use of different writing forms
1.2 Negotiate and understand the specifications of commissioned writing tasks in diverse environments
1.3 Critically analyse their work and the work of others, acquiring high-level professional editorial skills
2.1 Understand, reproduce and experiment with genre and form
2.2 Locate and evaluate an extensive range of sources in literary practice
2.3 Critically and reflexively engage in research and writing practice for a major work with a high degree of personal autonomy and accountability
3.1 Seek to engage with other cultures through examining and producing creative writing across a range of genres
4.1 Research and write responsibly about Indigenous peoples, if appropriate
5.1 Graduates are able to contribute to debates about creative writing and engage productively in writers’ associations artistically, socially and/or politically
6.1 Convey complex ideas in writing clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences, across a range of media formats
6.2 Apply communication skills to justify the propositions and methodologies used in their writing forms
6.3 Explain the importance of drafting and rewriting in the writing process

Career options

Career options include advertising, computing, creative writing, freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, publishing or scriptwriting, and editing in community organisations or government departments.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For applicants with a bachelor's degree:

  • the degree must be in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture (eg Bachelor of Arts), or creative arts
  • if the degree is not in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture, or creative arts, applicants must also have a minimum of two years related professional work experience. Applicants must answer the employment question in the UAC application as employment experience is assessed according to the response provided.

For applicants with a master’s, graduate diploma or graduate certificate:

  • the degree can be in any field of study.

If applicants have not met any of the requirements above, they must provide:

  • a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course they are applying for, and
  • a curriculum vitae (CV), which should include details of paid and voluntary work or other experiences (eg special interest groups) that could be relevant to the course.

If applicants do not submit these documents, their application may not be considered.

To be eligible to articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting (C11066), the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (C11071) or the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (C06041), students must complete at least two postgraduate writing subjects with a distinction grade or higher.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Applications

All applicants are required to attach one example of their creative writing.

Credit recognition

Students who have successfully completed one of the graduate certificates or the graduate diploma in the articulated program and who are admitted to this course are eligible for credit recognition for completed subjects.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or equivalent part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 72 credit points, made up of five core subjects and three electives.

Students may select subjects beyond the lists of elective subjects with the approval of the graduate adviser. Not all subjects are available each session.

Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.

Course completion requirements

CBK90528 Electives 24cp
STM90815 Core subjects 24cp
STM90816 Core subjects (Creative Writing) 24cp
Total 72cp

Course program

Example programs are shown below.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
57041 Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
Spring session
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57190 Writing Seminar   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring session
57188 Writing Project 1   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
57189 Writing Project 2   8cp
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
57041 Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring session
57190 Writing Seminar   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
57188 Writing Project 1   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring session
57189 Writing Project 2   8cp
Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
57041 Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring session
57188 Writing Project 1   8cp
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57190 Writing Seminar   8cp
57189 Writing Project 2   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
57041 Narrative Writing   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57188 Writing Project 1   8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
Spring session
57190 Writing Seminar   8cp
57189 Writing Project 2   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting (C11066), the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (C11071), the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (C06041) and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing.

To be eligible to articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing (C04109), students must complete at least two postgraduate writing subjects with a distinction grade or higher.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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