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Course information set

  • Work creatively on your writing in novels, short stories, non-fiction, youth writing, media writing and poetry.
  • Gain professional skills in web writing, corporate writing, persuasive writing, editing and script writing.
  • Learn from highly experienced and published authors, scholars, and experts in professional writing.
  • Opportunities for exposure with internships at writers festivals, literary events, publishing houses, public readings and festivals.
  • Graduates work as fiction writers, corporate writers, script writers, reviewers, travel writers, feature writers, editors, journalists, publishers, media workers and teachers.
QTAC course code421432
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
  • Email:
CRICOS code 056185A
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Writers are in demand across a number of fields including the publishing and screen industries, advertising, marketing and social media agencies, magazines and newspapers, start-ups and the corporate world. More than 10 000 new books are published in Australia every year, and more local authors than ever are having success in digital media and more traditional formats.

In this course you will work intensively on your writing in a number of forms including novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, youth writing, media writing, poetry, digital media, corporate writing, persuasive writing, editing and scriptwriting. You will also learn to think and write critically about texts.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate writing course in South-East Queensland with the broadest range of units on offer. You will graduate with advanced writing and communication competence—a rare skill keenly sought by employers.

You will be taught by highly experienced published authors, experts in professional writing and distinguished scholars in the fields of creative writing and literary studies.

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 and have residencies in the faculty for the benefit of students, and you’ll have access to the industry and national writing communities.

With the right grade point average, you can work on a sustained project for a full 18 months in our unique advanced practice minor, as well as opt to take work placements and internships within the local industry.

Career outcomes

Graduates can work as creative or professional writers and editors in corporate, community and freelance capacities. Opportunities exist as fiction writers, corporate writers, scriptwriters, reviewers, travel writers, feature writers, editors, journalists, publishers, media workers and teachers.

Pathways exist to prepare you for further study, including research or creative practice and analysis.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing)

Your course

Year 1

  • introduction to creative writing practice
  • develop critical and analytical skills in reading and writing a variety of literature forms
  • learn from lecturers and tutors with industry experience
  • write and analyse short stories, creative nonfiction and youth writing

Year 2

  • build on practical skills and conceptual backgrounds
  • study scriptwriting, stylistics, poetics and corporate writing
  • explore how a variety of notable novels were written
  • choose electives to tailor your course to your strengths and vocational interests

Year 3

  • write a sustained piece of creative work in a genre of your choice
  • participate in editing and developing a manuscript for a targeted market
  • undertake an in-depth study of long fiction and life writing
  • learn about the real world of the writing and publishing industry
  • expand your study with electives in creative or other disciplines

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

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 $6600 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.

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

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.


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421432) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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