Not offered in 2016
The Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) stream is part of a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. The course may be taken over two semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.
The Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts articulates with the 72-unit Master of Creative Arts.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution with major studies in creative writing, drama performance or screen production. However the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
In addition applicants must submit a portfolio of writing of approximately 20 pages. Work (published or unpublished) can be in more than one genre. It can be work previously assessed in university or TAFE writing topics. Candidates must also submit a statement of no more than 300 words explaining what they hope to achieve in the degree as well as a CV of no more than three pages detailing publications, work and educational background, plus any relevant professional or community experience.
The course aims to provide a high quality postgraduate program in which writers, actors, directors and producers can enhance their creative and practical skills within a framework of academic study. It fulfils the need for professional studies in creative writing, drama and screen production at postgraduate level. Candidates will undertake coursework in one of these streams.
In particular, the course allows students to undertake a highly flexible one-year program where they can acquire relevant creative, practical and academic skills that prepare them for a range of possible career and study pathways.
The Graduate Diploma can function as qualifying studies, enabling students to continue on to the second year of the Master of Creative Arts where they focus on a sustained creative project (thesis) in their chosen art form.
Further study towards a research degree is then possible. The Graduate Diploma also provides the option for students to conclude their studies after the first year and exit with a degree.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have:
- refined the creative skills required by professional practitioners in the creative industries and have shown evidence of creativity by producing original work
- further enhanced the conceptual and interpretive skills necessary for producing and promoting original work and for solving complex problems as part of this process
- demonstrated high-level knowledge of and the practical skills to apply the processes involved in producing creative work
- demonstrated skills to analyse and critically evaluate ideas, and set and solve research problems
- demonstrated that they can participate effectively in a creative team
- demonstrated the ability to work within employment structures in their chosen field and identified and demonstrated the ability to pursue some of the employment opportunities available in the creative industries.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
Option - Year 1 topics
Select 36 units from:
CREA7701 Research Methods for Literature and Creative Writing (4.5 units)
CREA7711 Reading Like a Writer (4.5 units)
CREA7718 Theorising Creative Writing (4.5 units)
CREA7777 Creative Writing Industry Placement (4.5 units)
CREA8101 Approved Special Project in Creative Arts (4.5 units)
CREA8102 Special Topic in Creative Arts (4.5 units)
CREA8103 Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing (4.5 units)
CREA8104 Special Topic in Creative Arts (4.5 units)
CREA8105 Special Topic in Creative Arts (4.5 units)
ENGL7712 Advanced Literary Studies (4.5 units)
ENGL7713 Advanced Genre Studies (4.5 units)
ENGL7714 Thinking About Theory (4.5 units)
ENGL7715 The Public Cultures of Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL7716 Approved Short Project (4.5 units)
ENGL7717 Special Honours Topic (4.5 units)