Degree details

This program offers postgraduate training in writing as a preparation for creative and professional practice and/or advanced study. You will hone your writing skills for work as a creative writer, social commentator or narrative journalist and for careers in speech writing, public advocacy, information and media communication.

You will gain certified expertise in the theory and practice of creative writing and be introduced to the intersection between writing and information publishing industries. You will develop the techniques of creative and professional written expression, learn concepts and methods in creative research and gain the foundations for advanced study in writing and related fields.

This program will prepare you for work in any profession where skills in creative and professional writing are required, such as publishing, professional communication, advertising, Public Relations and the media. This program is ideal for those interested in working as authors of fiction, biography, social history and/or poetry. It will help build confidence in writing and advance a wide range of careers, for publishers, journalists, media and PR consultants, educators, policy makers and information communicators.

You will also be eligible for entry into the Master of Arts.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing, applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor degree from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing).

Note: Degrees from overseas institutions must be assessed as equivalent to a recognised Australian bachelor-level degree.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing (GCertCtveProfWriting), a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for the prescribed courses.