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Undergraduate

Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-CRWRI Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus or on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

If you would like to express yourself creatively through writing, then this major will allow you to explore a variety of creative writing styles, such as fiction, poetry, and writing for performance, as well as range of emerging and experimental genres.

The program encourages experimentation and creativity and stimulates critical awareness through discussion of relevant theory. Students also develop all the relevant professional skills required of an author in the digital age. You will benefit from the professional advice and support of a range of published and awarded authors on staff, and through critical engagement with a talented peer group. Many students also gain their first publication through the School’s online journal, Sitelines.

Humanities Associate Professor, Kim Scott, is recognised as one of Australia’s top literary talents and won the prestigious 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his novel, That Deadman Dance.

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

When coupled with Advertising you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,350*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Publisher
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Editor

Employment opportunities exist across a wide variety of professions including media, writing (poet, playwright, novel author and speech writer), editing, publishing and education. 

  • Media writer
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Poet
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher.

Possible careers

Freelance Writer

To become a freelance writer, we recommend complementing Creative Writing with a double major or electives from:

Editor

To pursue a career as an editor, we recommend complementing Creative Writing with a double major or electives from:

Teacher

To become a teacher, we recommend complementing Creative Writing with a double major or electives from:

Note: You will need to complete either a double degree with Secondary Education or a one-year Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Education) after the completion of your Bachelor of Arts to become a qualified teacher.

Why Creative Writing?

  • Curtin’s creative writing graduates have had consistent success in national literary awards and publishing.
  • The content of the major creates employment outcomes across a broad range of communications-related fields.
  • You will develop applicable language skills and conceptual understandings that will be useful across a range of other academic disciplines.