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Degree structure

Degree details

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Writing will be able to:

  1. Apply cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of writing theory and practice and identify and provide solutions to complex problems related to the construction and interpretation of writing related texts, and to think critically to generate and evaluate complex ideas about one’s own writing and the writing of others
  2. Apply specialised technical and creative skills needed to generate industry ready texts and to review and think critically about the writing of self and others
  3. Use communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts related to writing and criticism needed to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences of creative works
  4. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions specific to creative practice in varied specialised contexts related to writing
  5. Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate how both the broad and specific functions of writing and critique can be executed and maintained within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for writing-related personal outputs and aspects of working with others within broad parameters, including through the development of sustainable and independent writing practices.

Career objectives

The Writing degree 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

Higher education

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

Special entry is available through Recognition of Prior Learning, appropriate TAFE programs and/or relevant experience in publishing or writing related industries for at least four years

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements: (International students only)

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0; or Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above; or TOEFL iBT: minimum score 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20); or equivalent measures available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/entry-requirements/

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 degrees visit the RPL website: http://www.future.swinburne.edu.au/pathways/workforce/index.html

Credit Transfer
Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry into the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information please refer to http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

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) degree 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.

The Graduate Certificate of Writing forms the first stage in a three-stage nested suite of programs consisting of:

  • Graduate Certificate of Writing
  • Graduate Diploma of Writing
  • Master of Arts Writing

Recommended Study Pattern

To qualify for a Graduate Certificate of Writing, a student must complete all four core subjects. A subject can only be counted once. The program is delivered entirely online and is supported with eTutors, tutorials, print materials, websites and CD-ROMs.

Each subject is worth 12.5 credit points so a total of 50 credit points (4 subjects) must be studied to complete the Graduate Certificate of Writing qualification. In each year, eight units normally constitute a full-time load of 100 credit points and four units normally constitute a part-time load of 50 credit points. 

Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure available to them at the time of admission.

Taking time off from study (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: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/current-students/manage-course/enrolment-timetable/time-off/

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Writing students must complete 50 credit points comprising of:

  • Four (4) core subjects (50 credit points)

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

Exit Points

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Writing student may articulate to the Diploma of Writing or Master of Writing.

From Study Period 1 2019, the Master of Arts (Writing) will change to the Master of Writing. The Course Structure will remain the same with some minor changes to units.

Master of Writing and nested courses including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

Students may choose to stay in the current Course title or transfer to the new Course title. Students who wish to transfer to the new Course title must complete the online Course Transition Application to change your Course before the close of enrolments for SP1, 2019 – 17 February 2019.

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma students

If you are enrolled in one of the nested levels of the Course (Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma) and are interested to apply for and enrol in the Masters, you must submit an OUA Course Transition Application online before close of enrolments for SP4, 2018 – 18 November 2018. This is the last date that enrolments will be accepted.

For all students

The following changes to units apply from 2019:

PWR70002 Online Writing changing to PWR70002 Writing for Digital Media
PWR70003 Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia replaced by PWR70005 Scriptwriting
PWR80001 Critical and Creative Practices: The Writerly Identity changing to PWR80001 Creativity for Practice
PWR80002 Script Writing will no longer be offered
PWR80004 Writing and New Media replaced by PWR80006 Creative Industry Enterprise

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