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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)

Work intensively on your writing and graduate with real-world skills keenly sought by employers.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
13
Selection rank
71
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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
February and July
QTAC code
421432
CRICOS
056185A

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

 

Why choose this course?

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.

Real-world learning

You will work intensively on your writing in a number of forms and genres including novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, genre writing, poetry, digital media, editing, and new and emergent styles. In addition, you will build specialist writing skills for professional applications via deep engagement with industry contexts. You can also undertake project work to write a sustained work in a genre of your choice. You will learn to think and write critically about texts.

A thriving on-campus literary culture and connections with festivals and local publishing houses will keep you connected with fellow travellers and industry tastemakers as you develop your craft.

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, as well as engage in major transdisciplinary projects with creatives from other fields.
  • 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.

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, as well as engage in major transdisciplinary projects with creatives from other fields.
  • 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.

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.

Double degrees

Combine creative writing with a second study area for greater career flexibility and opportunities in other industries. Consider a double degree with:

  • business to develop your career as a creative writer, publishing professional or public relations consultant
  • law to use your skills for a career as an in-house lawyer, solicitor in private practice, policy adviser, intellectual property lawyer or crime writer.

 If you are looking to apply your creative abilities to education settings or the teaching profession you have some options.  You can complete your creative writing course first and then follow with a Master of Teaching in early childhood, primary or secondary education.*  Or you can now undertake a double degree in secondary education at the same time as your creative writing degree.

*Check entry requirements for the Master of Teaching for specific teaching areas. 

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

Graduates can work as writers and editors in corporate, community and freelance capacities. Opportunities exist as fiction writers, editors, embedded creatives in technical and corporate contexts, script writers, reviewers, travel writers, feature writers, journalists, publishers, media workers, policy workers, government employees and teachers.

Possible careers

  • Academic
  • Advertising Professional
  • Art Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • English Teacher
  • Government Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Internet Professional
  • Journalist
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Public Servant
  • Publishing Professional
  • Teacher

Requirements

OP 13
Rank 71

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2018.

Don't have an OP or rank?

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Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421432
CRICOS code
056185A
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 3 years full-time
Entry
  • February and July
  • February and July
OP Guarantee
Yes

Assumed knowledge

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

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Guaranteed entry

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

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 1
Selection rank 99
Median OP/selection rank to receive an offer
OP 9
Selection rank 81
OP 9
Selection rank 81
Lowest OP/selection rank to receive an offer
OP 16
Selection rank 64
OP 13
Selection rank 71

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

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, 2018.

OP
13
Rank
71
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 English Advanced (CAE)
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.

2019

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2019

2019: $30,100 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.

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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.

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Scholarships

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

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Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (Academic)

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

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Creative Industries International Scholarship

We offer merit-based scholarships for high-achieving international students who have accepted their offer and been admitted into an undergraduate course.

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 undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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