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OP11

Rank76

Course information set

  • 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.
QTAC course code421432
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Deferment

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

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 056185A
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Details

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.

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.

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.

Units

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

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Creative Writing major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

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 script-writing, 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 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 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 $6,700 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)

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  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

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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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