Creative Writing Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Creative Writing at Curtin
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Creative Writing

Undergraduate major

Develop your writing skills in fiction, poetry, and experimental and emerging genres.

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  • Qualification
    Creative Writing Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Creative Writing at Curtin?

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

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Outline

Outline

Do you enjoy expressing your creative side through writing? Are you an aspiring author or poet? The standout feature of a creative writing career is the ability to contribute to and influence culture through an understanding of writing conventions and literary techniques.

In this major you’ll gather the knowledge and techniques that writers need in the age of digital communication and entertainment. You’ll develop skills across various writing styles, including fiction, poetry and experimental and emerging genres.

You’ll benefit from the advice of Curtin’s experienced tutors (many of whom are acclaimed authors) and through critical engagement with your creative peer group.

Creative writing is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

What jobs can the Creative Writing Major (BA) lead to?

Careers

  • Copywriter / writer
  • Publisher
  • Editor

Industries

  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Creative arts

What you'll learn

  • identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts in Creative Writing
  • integrate theory and creative practice; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative new writing
  • access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in writing
  • communicate ideas to a range of audiences and in a variety of media and genres
  • use technologies to access resources, communicate effectively and develop writing and research skills
  • use disciplinary skills and knowledge to learn how to learn, and apply these insights to new writing and to the different intellectual and professional roles required of a writer in the broader community
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on writing and the creative industries
  • value a range of cultural knowledge and take care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  • work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative and informed creative writing that contributes meaningfully to contemporary culture

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

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You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

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