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Overview

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OP5

Rank91

Course information set

  • Work creatively on writing novels, poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, and genre fiction. You'll work towards a year-long major piece of creative writing in a form and genre of your choice.
  • 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.
  • Develop specialised creative skills while meeting the academic requirements for admission to legal practice in Australia.
  • Complete 2 degrees in 5.5 years full-time.
  • Law offers flexible learning options such as downloadable lectures and practical experiences in the electronic moot court.
QTAC course code409472
QUT course code IX85
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Deferment

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact
CRICOS code 083024E
Careers
  • Academic
  • Art Writer
  • Barrister
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Writer
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Government Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Publishing Professional
  • Solicitor

Details

Both creative writing and law require high-calibre, sophisticated communication. This double degree will strongly develop your writing skills which can be applied through your law studies and in future careers.

Areas of study include all the major areas of law and creative writing. In the creative writing component of the 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.

In the law component, there is a practical focus which, when combined with creative writing study, will equip you for a broad range of careers, including legal practice.

Why choose this course?

This double degree prepares you to work as a professional creative writer, as a barrister or solicitor in private practice, or to practise with large companies, in government agencies, or as a policy adviser. Through the combination of creative writing with law, you will enhance your employability in your chosen field, whether in the legal fraternity or as a creative practitioner. You can advise on the legalities in the publishing or creative writing industries, or in relation to copyright or intellectual property law, or work as an editor of legal-related publications or in a position specialising in law in the publishing industry.

Immerse yourself in the creative writing major with up to 16 discipline units and gain in-depth knowledge in your specialisation. Your law degree component comprises nineteen core units and eight law elective units, which can include a third study area as a minor or electives from across QUT.

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 skill sets. 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates can work as writers and editors in legal, community and freelance capacities. Opportunities exist as a:

  • barrister or solicitor
  • copyright or intellectual property lawyer
  • legal journalist
  • publisher
  • fiction writer
  • editor
  • embedded creative in technical and legal contexts
  • script writer
  • reviewer
  • travel writer
  • feature writer
  • media worker
  • policy worker.

Your law degree will provide additional career opportunities, and legal skills you can apply in your creative industries career. Alternatively your writing skills will complement your legal studies, should you choose to pursue a career as a lawyer. Your degrees in law and creative writing will prove invaluable in legal careers within publishing, intellectual property or policy development, or in writing careers focusing on legal issues such as crime writing, or case reporting.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board. If you want to become a lawyer at the end of your degree, you will need to complete further practical legal training (PLT) before you can apply for admission to practice. We offer PLT in the form of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values required to become a competent entry-level legal practitioner. The course is available in full-time, internal mode and part-time, online mode. The course complies with the Law Admissions Consultative Council's Competency Standards for entry-level lawyers and is approved by the Queensland Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is also recognised for solicitor's admission in East Malaysia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and in India and West Malaysia after completion of these countries' qualifying examinations.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Your course

In order to complete this course, you must complete a total of 528 credit points made up of 192 credit points from the Bachelor of Fine Arts and 336 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). You will study creative writing and law units in your first four years, and then concentrate on law studies for the remainder of this course.

Fine arts component

You will complete two common units (24 credit points) and a fine arts major (168 credit points) in creative writing.

Law component

Students will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of introductory, general and advanced electives. You may select 48 credit points of non-law electives or 48 credit points of a university-wide minor in place of four of the general electives. Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation statement.

The total 336 law credit points are made up of:

  • core law unit credit points: 240
  • introductory law elective credit points: 12
  • general law elective credit points: 12
  • general law elective credit points or non-law electives: 48
  • advanced law elective credit points: 24
Law honours-level units

96 credit points of honours units listed below will be used to determine the honours levels of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program:

  • LLH201 Legal Research
  • LLH206 Administrative Law
  • LLH302 Ethics and the Legal Profession
  • LLH305 Corporate Law
  • LLH401 Legal Research Capstone (24 cps)
  • two advanced level electives.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 5

Rank 91

Course information set

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).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: CSP $9,200 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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