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C06041v6 Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (GradDipCreativeWriting)
CRICOS code: 032361K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
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 Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing is part of an articulated program designed to meet a range of needs for those who want to start a career in writing or apply their communication skills to fiction, creative non-fiction and screenwriting. It is also for experienced writers who want to develop and enhance their practical writing skills as well as their ability to critically reflect on their practice.

The course is a good starting point for early career writers who want to develop craft skills in a range of genres and forms, and who may later develop a major project through the articulated Master of Arts in Creative Writing.

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 introduce students to the relationship between writing practice and the writing industry across a range of project types and contexts, and
  • to encourage students to reflect on the role of the writer 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. Graduates start to have their work published or produced. Many graduates articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing.

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 understanding of the appropriate use of different writing forms
1.2 Critically analyse their work and the work of others, acquiring professional editorial skills
2.1 Understand, reproduce and experiment with genre and form
2.2 Locate and critically evaluate a wide range of sources in literary practice
3.1 Seek to engage with other cultures through examining 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 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.

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate qualification in any field of study (or overseas equivalent) must provide:

  • a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course they are applying for
  • 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.

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 successfully completed the graduate certificate in the articulated program are eligible for recognition of prior learning for completed subjects.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is one year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 48 credit points, consisting of three core subjects and three electives. Students may select subjects beyond the list 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

STM90815 Core subjects 24cp
CBK90528 Electives 24cp
Total 48cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C06041

Course program

Example programs are given 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
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
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
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
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
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
57041 Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57031 Creative Non-fiction   8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp

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, and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing (C04109). Students who successfully complete this course and who are admitted to the master's course are eligible for recognition of prior learning for completed subjects.

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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