Master of Arts (Writing) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete

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The rapid pace of change in the ways in which information is accessed, utilised and converted into knowledge means that there is a growing need for graduates with both traditional and electronic professional and creative writing skills. The Masters of Arts (Writing) course draws together print and performance-based texts, while exploring the local and global opportunities of electronic media. These areas include: creative writing, electronic writing; information management; eCommunications and writing for learning technologies. These programs will give students access to the best materials in print and online as well as to experts in their field. Students will be supported by online mentors and tutors.

Students can exit the course after 4 units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after 8 units to receive the Graduate Diploma or after 12 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

Graduates of the Master of Arts (Writing) will be able to:

  1. Apply cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical writing–related knowledge and to reflect critically on creative writing theory and professional writing practice or scholarship
  2. Demonstrate technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories related to writing practice and research, and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice across a range of writing genres, styles, and research approaches
  3. Initiate cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level within and to creative and professional texts from the discipline and field of writing
  4. Use communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences related to professional and creative content production industries
  5. Use technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the field of creative and professional writing
  6. Demonstrate the application of knowledge & skills, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional writing and publishing practice and/or for further learning
  7. Apply a high level of personal autonomy and accountability across a range of professional and creative interactions and projects.

A recognised bachelor degree in any of the fields of: creative arts, society and culture, education, health, and management and commerce;


A Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing)

Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

Refer to the English Language Requirements website for further information:

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.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission:

To qualify for a Master of Arts (Writing), a student must complete 12 units (150 credit points). A unit of study can only be counted once.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne units that you have already passed.

The media used to teach these units are all supplied on line. Online, students will use resources such as weblinks, uploaded readings, written lectures, video supplements to lectures and discussion forums with students and tutors.

As this course is taught online, students will need easy and frequent access to a computer with the internet and email.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Critical Friends: The Real and Virtual Support of Writers
PWR60001 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Real Life Writing
PWR60002 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Research for Writers
PWR60003 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
PWR60004 SWI SP1 - SP3 -
Reading and Writing
PWR70001 SWI SP1 - - -
Online Writing
PWR70002 SWI - - SP3 -
Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia
PWR70003 SWI SP1 - - -
Writing History: People, Places and Times
PWR70004 SWI - SP2 - -
The Creative Artefact: Publication Folio B
PWR800031 SWI - SP2 - -
Writing and Praxis: Publication Folio A
PWR80005 SWI SP1 - - -
Critical and Creative Practices: The Writerly Identity
PWR80001 SWI SP1 - - -
Script Writing
PWR80002 SWI - SP2 - -
Writing and New Media (Previously LPW703)
PWR80004 SWI - - SP3 -

1 Capstone Unit.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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. For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website:

Credit Transfer

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the course with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information please refer to

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
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Melbourne 3001

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