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C04109v7 Master of Arts in Creative Writing

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

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed for experienced and emerging writers who want to develop and expand their practical skills in writing, as well as their critical knowledge about writing practices and the writing industry.

Under the guidance of leading experts in writing, editing, publishing and creative writing research, students study in depth a range of forms, genres and aspects of writing craft and industry; experience group project work and workshopping; and develop a major writing project.

Course aims

The aims of this degree are:

  • to enhance students’ knowledge and skills across a range of writing genres and forms,
  • to facilitate in students an ability to critically reflect on and improve their work,
  • to provide a deep understanding of the relationship between writing practice and the writing industry across a range of project types and contexts, and
  • to encourage students to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in the creative and cultural industries.

Career options

Graduates apply their writing skills to fields such as advertising, editing and publishing, film and television, digital and experiential media, journalism and communications. Many graduates publish or have their work produced, from short stories and short films, to novels and feature films. Graduates also undertake creative doctorates.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

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 Counter negative stereotypes and respect cultural protocols in all forms of writing
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

Key

The first digit of each CILO indicates the relevant graduate attribute:

  1. Professional Readiness
  2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
  3. International and Intercultural Engagement
  4. Indigenous Competencies
  5. Active Citizenship
  6. Effective Communication

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.

All applicants excluding students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative writing at UTS need to submit one example of their creative writing.

For applicants with a bachelor's degree:

  • the degree must be in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture (e.g. 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. Employment experience is assessed according to the response provided by applicants via the employment question on their UTS e-application.

For applicants with a master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate qualification, the qualification 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 (e.g. special interest groups) that could be relevant to the course.

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

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.

Recognition of prior learning

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 recognition of prior learning for completed subjects.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

The course comprises 72 credit points, made up of six 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 diagram

Course diagram: C04109

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 Editing and Publishing (C11071), the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (C06041) and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative writing course at UTS do not need to submit an example of their creative writing when articulating to the Master of Creative Writing course.

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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