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Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing - CM14

Whether you are a part-time hobbyist or seasoned novelist, our Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will enhance your writing skills to expand your career in the field of creative writing. Benefit from the flexible, online design of this course studied part-time over two years while developing your writing techniques across various genres including traditional fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting as well as hybrid genres.

Pathway into CQUni's Master of Creative Writing with credit to continue to turn your interest into expertise. This course will be available for commencement in 2022. Register your interest today to be notified once applications open.

DOMESTIC
UNITS/CREDITS

4/24

DURATION

2 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing will provide you with the skills to write engaging works across different genres for various audiences and markets. You will have the opportunity to think critically about the craft of writing and apply techniques in crafting fiction and non-fiction pieces. The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing also offers you the chance to practice the art of storytelling using experimentation and innovation.

The course presents you with a literary tool kit of stylistic writing techniques across various genres, including traditional fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, as well as hybrid genres such as flash fiction, speculative fiction, personal essays, narrative journalism, and concrete poetry, among others. You will also develop, apply and fine-tune the knowledge and skills you will need as a creative writer in the digital age. The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing encourages you to explore the possibilities that technology provides the creative writer in crafting 'born digital' works.

A standout feature of the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is that each unit provides you with genre-specific opportunities to create a sustained piece of creative writing applying signatures of the genre. This feature makes the Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing an invaluable entry-point into the Master of Creative Writing.

Core Units 4 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
Students are required to complete a total of four core units. 

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

HONE YOUR SKILLS

Develop your skills in writing engaging works across different genres for a variety of audiences and markets with our Graduate Certificate or Master of Creative Writing.

GREATER CHOICES

Our postgraduate creative writing courses provide you with options to suit your skill or career aspirations. Benefit from the option to pathway from graduate certificate to masters course with credit.

  • Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing (CM14)
  • Master of Creative Writing (CF08)

FLEXIBLE ONLINE LEARNING

Enjoy the flexibility to study these courses online, part-time making it easier for you to fit study around your work and lifestyle. 

No information available at this time.
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification with a minimum cumulative course Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0; or
  • A completed AQF Bachelor degree, or higher equivalent qualification with a minimum cumulative course GPA of at least 4.0 with a minimum of 2 years’ employment experience which demonstrates the use of professional or creative writing skills; or
  • A minimum of 5 years’ employment experience which demonstrates the use of professional or creative writing skills.

Employment experience must be shown in a letter of employment which is presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service. Applicants being admitted on the basis of employment experience may be referred to the Head of Course to confirm employment experience meets the course requirements.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or - Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

There are no implications for students in regard to security requirements.

Health Requirements

There are no implications for students in regard to health requirements.

Assumed Knowledge

A recommended course planner can be obtained from the Course Advice Team, please contact the Course Advice Team by visiting http://handbook.cqu.edu.au/eforms/index and submitting an ‘Ask a Course Advisor’ e-form.
This course provides professional development for beginning and amateur creative writers, as well as teachers, academics and other professionals who would like to complete studies in a flexible yet structured learning environment to gain literary and stylistic expertise in creative writing practices. Undertaking this course provides a pathway option for students to exit or progress forward to the Master of Creative Writing course. For other graduates, the course may contribute to industry requirements and/or professional practice.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee Category Full fee paying place
What is a Full Fee Paying Place As a full fee-paying student, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your course.
Fee Type Tuition Fees
What is my tuition fee?

Your tuition fees are charged per unit of study based on the credit point value of each unit. Our Tuition Fee Schedules provide an estimate of fees per unit. You can also view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

FEE-HELP and payment options

FEE-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees through a loan. Eligible students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

You must meet specific eligibility requirements to be able to use FEE-HELP assistance. If you are not eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your tuition fees upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
This course will be available for commencement in 2022. Register your interest to be notified once applications open.

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