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Undergraduate CUR-CWG-DEG-2023

Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

For creative writers in the digital age

Explore styles including poetry and short fiction. Choose from electives including screen and digital. Prepare for real employment outcomes in writing, editing and publishing. Study creative writing online and transition to an online writing career.

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Degree structure

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Degree details

What you'll learn.

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  • identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts in Creative Writing
  • integrate theory and creative practice; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative new writing

access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in writing

communicate ideas to a range of audiences and in a variety of media and genres

use technologies to access resources, communicate effectively and develop writing and research skills

use disciplinary skills and knowledge to learn how to learn, and apply these insights to new writing and to the different intellectual and professional roles required of a writer in the broader community

acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on writing and the creative industries

value a range of cultural knowledge and take care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner

work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative and informed creative writing that contributes meaningfully to contemporary culture.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with relevant industry skills specific to careers as: writer, editor, publisher.

Entry requirements

Higher education via oua.

Successful study through OUA – either:

  • Successful completion of four OUA degree level subjects at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
  • Successful completion of two OUA degree level subjects with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.

Higher education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard subjects) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required).​

Secondary education

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparison.tisc

VET studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Curtin Enabling Program: UniReady - https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/uniready-enabling-subjects-curtin-university-cur-unr-deg
  • Enabling degrees completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this degree.

Additional information

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Centre for Aboriginal Studies - http://karda.curtin.edu.au/
  • Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications - https://study.curtin.edu.au/applying/overseas-qualifications/

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level subjects at an Australian university and English proficiency

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at https://study.curtin.edu.au/applying/english-language-requirements/ .

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for previous study or work

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines .

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the  Credit for Recognised Learning Policy (PDF).


If you like to express yourself creatively through writing, the Creative Writing degree will help enhance your skills across a range of writing styles, such as fiction, poetry and writing for performance, as well as emerging and experimental genres. You’ll be encouraged to improve your critical awareness and develop all the relevant professional skills required  of an author in the digital age. Each week, you will benefit from the advice and support of our tutors, many of whom are acclaimed authors, and through critical engagement with a talented peer group. Your lecturers and tutors will also advise you on processes that will prepare you to seek publication for your work.   Curtin’s creative writing graduates have had consistent success in national literary awards and publishing. The content of the major creates employment outcomes across a broad range of communications-related fields and will allow you to develop applicable language skills and conceptual understandings that will be useful across a range of other academic disciplines.

Degree structure details

Recommended study pattern.

  • Two humanities core subjects;  APC100  and  COM155 ,
  • Two Creative Writing major subjects;  CWG100  and  PWP110
  • Four Elective subjects
  • Four Creative Writing major subjects;  CWG200, CWG210, CWG220  and  CWG240,  and
  • Four Creative Writing subjects ; CWG300 OR CWG320, CWG310  and  CWG340  (double subject) ,  and

Note: The OUA electives must be completed at an undergraduate level.

Award Requirements

To obtain the award for the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), students must complete a total of 23 subjects (22 single EFTSL and 1 double EFTSL subjects = 600 credits) as follows:

Level One (200 credits)

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communications (25 credits)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (25 credits)
  • CWG100 Creative Writing (25 credits)
  •  PWP110 Introduction to Writing (25 credits)
  • Four elective subjects (25 credit each = 100 credits)

Levels Two and Three (400 credits)

  • Complete four level two major subjects (100 credits) AND
  • Three level three major subjects (two 25 credit each = 50 credits, one 50 credits) AND
  • Eight elective subjects (200 credits)

Registering in this degree

We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact Curtin through the Ask Connect webform  https://students.connect.curtin.edu.au/app/ask  and select the Admissions and Credit for Recognised Learning - Entry pathways and eligibility menu option.

Transition arrangements

2020 Changes:

Degree structure changes

From SP1 2020, students completing the Bachelor of Arts, (Creative Writing) major will be required to transition to the new degree structure as detailed below. 

  • Two humanities core subjects; APC100 and COM155 ,
  • Two Creative Writing major subjects; CWG100 and PWP110
  • Four Creative Writing major subjects; CWG200, CWG210, CWG220 and CWG240, and
  • Four Creative Writing subjects ; CWG300 OR CWG320, CWG310 and CWG340 (double subject) , and

Creative Writing Subject Changes

  • Humanities Core Level 1 option subjects MCA100 and MED104 will be offered for the last time in SP1 and SP3, 2020. Students who have previously completed these have these subjects credited towards their degree.
  • Humanities Core Level 1 option subjects MCA110 and MCA120 are no longer available as of SP1 2020. Students who have previously completed these have these subjects credited towards their degree.
  • CWG330 has been restructured from a level 3 subject to a level 2 subject CWG240.  

Existing students will need to select from the available subjects to complete the BA (Creative Writing) major.

Curtin University is committed to the fundamental principle that, no matter which major structure students choose to stay in or transition into, students will not be disadvantaged in their education. Curtin University is committed to discussion and consultation and would welcome your email or phone contact at any time to ensure you are fully informed and understand the changes. 

Students with enquiries please email:

MCASI Student services: [email protected]

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All modules in Creative Writing

Learn to write fiction, poetry, biographies and drama for the stage, radio and film. Or start with being inspired by literature from Shakepeare through to present day writers.

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Creative Writing modules

  • Discovering the arts and humanities
  • Creative writing
  • Telling stories: the novel and beyond
  • Advanced creative writing
  • English literature from Shakespeare to Austen
  • Literature in transition: from 1800 to the present

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  • Arts and languages Access module
  • Arts and languages Access module: fast track
  • Introduction to creative writing
  • Travel writing

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