Bachelor of Creative Writing

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Deakin University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Writer | Editor | Creative Writing Teacher | Publisher | Freelance Writer | View All

Course Rundown

The Bachelor of Creative Writing from Deakin University provides students with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue professional writing careers.

Throughout this comprehensive undergraduate course, you’ll study and practise firsthand in a range of areas, including narrative-driven works and experimental innovations; editing; creative nonfiction; script writing; new takes on traditional genres of poetry; and short and extended fiction writing. In your final year, you’ll complete studio projects, undertake creative research work and produce professional publications for digital and print platforms.

The course consists of 18 core units and 6 electives that build a solid foundation of skills and encourage collaboration, professionalism and creative sustainability. Study online or on-campus in Melbourne or Geelong.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
  • Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
  • Entry for non school leavers will be based on their performance in:
    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline; OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline; OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units; OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience.

What You’ll Learn

In this creative writing course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Writer's Toolkit: Craft and Creativity
  • Writing Spaces: Paradigms and Provocations
  • The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others
  • Designing Fictions
  • Scriptwriting: Character, Event, Consequence
  • The Lyric Essay: Playing with Ideas
  • Studio Writing Project
  • Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication
  • Digital Photography
  • Design Skills
  • Sex and Gender: Ideas That Changed the World
  • Improvisation: Principles in Action
  • From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions
  • Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Making Social Media
  • Poetry: Events in Language
  • The Role of the Editor
  • Writing for Young People
  • Gender, Sex and Literature
  • Writing for Games: Designing Quests and Characters
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Adaptation and Solo Performance
  • Web Design and Interactivity
  • Experimental Writing Lab
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A

Why study with Deakin University?

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Student Support

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Creative Writing from Deakin University.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in professional writing and editing in a variety of contexts, including freelancing, traditional/online publishing, corporate and government organisations, the education sector, media, entertainment and other arts organisations.

Curious about where a career in creative writing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.