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Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)

Combine business and creative writing to gain a competitive advantage in careers as a creative writer, publishing professional or public relations consultant.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
9
Selection
rank
82
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Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Gardens Point
Kelvin Grove
Duration
4 years full-time
4 years full-time
Entry
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
409432
CRICOS
064813M

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

 

Highlights

  • Work creatively on writing novels, poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, and genre fiction.
  • Work towards a year-long major piece of creative writing in a form and genre of your choice.
  • Gain insight into the national contexts into which your writing will enter as well as the debates and ideas that are enlivening and challenging the ways in which writers create.
  • Learn about central ideas from literary theory and ways to think and write critically about texts.
  • Learn from highly experienced and published authors, scholars, and experts in creative writing.
  • Gain opportunities for exposure with internships at writers’ festivals, literary events, publishing houses, and public readings.
  • Graduates work as fiction writers, editors, embedded creatives in technical and corporate contexts, technical writers, script writers, reviewers, travel writers, feature writers, journalists, publishers, media workers, policy workers, government employees and teachers.
  • Complement your writing skills with a business major in accountancy, advertising, economics, finance, financial planning, human resource management, international business, management, marketing or public relations.

Highlights

  • Work creatively on writing novels, poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, and genre fiction.
  • Work towards a year-long major piece of creative writing in a form and genre of your choice.
  • Gain insight into the national contexts into which your writing will enter as well as the debates and ideas that are enlivening and challenging the ways in which writers create.
  • Learn about central ideas from literary theory and ways to think and write critically about texts.
  • Learn from highly experienced and published authors, scholars, and experts in creative writing.
  • Gain opportunities for exposure with internships at writers’ festivals, literary events, publishing houses, and public readings.
  • Graduates work as fiction writers, editors, embedded creatives in technical and corporate contexts, technical writers, script writers, reviewers, travel writers, feature writers, journalists, publishers, media workers, policy workers, government employees and teachers.
  • Complement your writing skills with a business major in accountancy, advertising, economics, finance, financial planning, human resource management, international business, management, marketing or public relations.
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Why choose this course?

This combined degree opens up a wide range of creative and business careers.

You will graduate not only with advanced technical and creative skills, but also with highly developed business knowledge.

Immerse yourself in the creative writing major with up to 16 discipline units and gain in-depth knowledge in your specialisation. Your business degree component comprises eight business core units and eight business major units.

We offer the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate writing course in South-East Queensland with the broadest range of units on offer. We take a transdisciplinary approach from the outset, encouraging you as a specialist creative writer to work in teams with others who have different creative skillsets. You will graduate with advanced writing and communication competence - a rare skill keenly sought by employers.

You will be taught by highly experienced and published authors, scholars, and experts in creative writing.

Visits from other writers, editors and publishers will further help you gain a unique perspective on writing as a vocation and as a critical and creative practice. Writers, editors and publishers regularly provide guest lectures for the benefit of students, and you’ll have access to the industry and national writing communities.

What to expect

We live in a world saturated with written content. Writers are in demand by the publishing and screen industries, advertising agencies, marketing and social media agencies, magazines and newspapers, and throughout the technical and corporate world. More than 10,000 new books are published in Australia every year, and more local authors than ever are having success in print and digital media as well as in forms and contexts that are rapidly evolving.

In this course you will work intensively on your writing in a number of forms including novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, genre writing, and poetry. You will develop comprehensive editing skills as well as self-editing skills. You will learn about and engage with local writing contexts, as well as enter contemporary debates around ideas that illuminate and challenge what people write and how they write it. You will learn to think and write critically about texts. You will learn how to engage readers through emotional story telling. You will progress towards a major piece of creative writing in a form and genre of your choice at the end of your degree as well as work on team projects with creatives from other disciplines throughout your degree.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

Graduates can work as writers and editors in corporate, community and freelance capacities.  Your business major will provide additional career opportunities, and provide you with business skills to develop your career as a creative writer, publishing professional or public relations consultant. 

Professional recognition

Students may be eligible for membership to a number of professional bodies depending on choice of major and unit selection in their business degree. Details on professional recognition can be found under the individual majors of the Bachelor of Business (BS05).

Research pathways

Bachelor of Business (Honours) option

High-achieving students who wish to take further studies may enrol in BS63 Bachelor of Business (Honours).

Possible careers

  • Academic
  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Professional
  • Advertising and New Media Professional
  • Art Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Writer
  • International Business Specialist
  • Manager
  • Market Research Manager
  • Marketing Officer/Manager
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Media or Communications Adviser
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Publisher
  • Publishing Professional

Requirements

OP 9
Rank 82

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

Don't have an OP or rank?

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Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

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Course code
IX35
QTAC code
409432
CRICOS code
064813M
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
4 years full-time
Duration
4 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
OP Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

Accountancy, finance, financial planning, economics and marketing majors: 4, SA in Maths A, B or C. We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2018

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 3
Selection rank 95
OP 3
Selection rank 95
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 6
Selection rank 89
OP 6
Selection rank 89
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 8
Selection rank 84
OP 8
Selection rank 84

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Minimum academic requirements

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

OP
9
Rank
82
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the January offer round

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $8,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $31,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2019 fees

2019: CSP $9,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2019 fees

2019: $30,400 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

Browse all scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Business Academic Excellence Scholarship

A scholarship for future undergraduate students who want to study business.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future and current undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

International Merit Double Degree Scholarship

A high-achievement scholarship for future international science and engineering, business and creative industries undergraduate double degree students.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

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