This course addresses the growing need for written content in the Information Age. Industry practitioners are increasingly reporting the unmet demand for multimedia authors and writers of content. Indeed, the application of new technologies has led to an increase in demand for all types of writing.
The Writing course focuses on a wide range of writing genres. In exploring the ways of thinking about writing, the units do more than tell students ‘how to write’. Students explore creative writing, business writing and professional writing and study towards a range of qualifications.
Students can exit the course after four units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after eight units to receive the Graduate Diploma or after twelve units for the Master.
The Writing course provides students with the opportunity to develop:
- A deep understanding of a range of writing genres
- An ability to make links between developments and opportunities across diverse writing environments
- An ability to connect writing theory and writing practice
- A knowledge of trends in writing, media and new practices
- Communications skills within professional and creative areas
- Creative capacities related to all forms and genres of writing
The Writing course has two entrance pathways:
Applicants require an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution. Applicants with an appropriate postgraduate diploma or equivalent are also eligible to apply.
RPL + work experience
Entry may be granted to applicants through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and relevant work experience. Entry points will vary according to Swinburne Exemption and RPL policies.
The recommended progression to Masters level for applicants without prior studies is through the Graduate Certificate in the first instance, with articulation to Graduate Diploma and Masters levels being conditional upon successful completion of the subordinate level.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Swinburne University of Technology before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts (Writing) are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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The media used to teach these units include online materials and CD-ROM materials. Online, students will use resources such as weblinks and discussion forums with students and tutors. Students also receive a CD-ROM that includes all the lectures (in audio files) as well as PDF full-text lectures.
As this course is taught online, students will need easy and frequent access to a computer with the internet and email.
To qualify for the award of Master of Arts (Writing) students must complete 12 units.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.
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Recommended Study Pattern
The following units have been withdrawn from the course:
LPW502 Research to Publication
LPW701A Publication Folio Part A
LPW701B Publication Folio Part B
LPW700 The Writerly Self
LPW703 Electronic Writing
Students who have completed any of these units should contact the course coordinator for advice before enrolling in any of the new equivalent units listed below:
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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