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Overview

  • 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.
  • Gain a strong foundation in contemporary law knowledge, understanding and experience.
  • Benefit from meaningful connections with high profile industry employers and classes with leading and internationally renowned law experts.
  • 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.
QTAC course code 409472
QUT course code IX85
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 5.5 years full-time
Start month 2019 July, February
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 083024E
Careers
  • Academic
  • Art Writer
  • Barrister
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Writer
  • Crown Law Officer
  • Government Officer
  • In-House Lawyer
  • Information Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Organisational Communication Specialist
  • Policy analyst

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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

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.  

Graduates can work as writers and editors in legal, community and freelance capacities.

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.

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

You will complete 336 credit points of core units and a mixture of law electives made up of

  • 19 Core units (240 credit points)
  • 1 introductory law elective* (12 credit points)
  • 5 general law electives** (60 credit points)
  • 2 advanced law electives (24 credit points)

*Students commencing from 2019 may select a general law elective in place of the introductory law elective

 **Students commencing from 2019 have the option to complete the Law, Technology and Innovation minor or 4 non-law electives (48 credit points) or a university wide minor in place of  4 general law electives (48 credit points). Successful completion of a minor will be recognised on the academic record and/or the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

Honours-level units

96 credit points of the following honours units will be used to determine the honours levels of the LLB (Hons):

  • Legal Research (LLH201)
  • Administrative Law (LLH206)
  • Ethics and the Legal Profession (LLH302)
  • Corporate Law (LLH305)
  • Legal Research Capstone (LLH401) (24 credit points
  • two 12-credit point Advanced Law 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

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.

Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

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

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry cut-offs

These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

OP 6
Rank 89
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 major 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
  • 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
TOEFL iBT 79 16 16 21 18
Pearson PTE (Academic) 58 50 50 50 50
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 176 169 169 169 169
TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
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.

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

We offer English language courses 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.

Course fees

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

2019: $29,500 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

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