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Degree structure

Degree details

Graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Arts (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.

Students can exit the degree after 4 subjects and receive the Graduate Certificate, after 8 subjects to receive the Graduate Diploma or after 12 subjects for the Master.

Recommended Study Pattern

The following subjects have been withdrawn from the degree:

  • 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 subjects should contact the degree coordinator for advice before enrolling in any of the new equivalent subjects listed below.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects 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: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

Award Requirements

To qualify for a Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), a student must complete 4 subjects (50 credit points). A subject of study can only be counted once.

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

If you were admitted before 2017 into the Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) you can find out which subjects you need to complete by downloading the Transition Plan applicable your course and admission year from Swinburne’s OUA course transition webpage

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