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Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Writing (GradDipWriting)
UAC code: 942513 (Autumn semester), 945513 (Spring semester)
CRICOS code: 032361K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Writing is part of an articulated program designed to meet a range of needs for people who want to start a career in writing and for experienced writers wanting to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills.

Course aims

Students develop:

  • both general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres, studying one genre in depth or exploring the potential of a range of genres and media
  • an ability to develop and critically revise their own work
  • an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of contemporary cultural forms
  • a critical knowledge of cultural and aesthetic debates, and
  • an ability to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in cultural industries.

Career options

Career options include advertising, computing, freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, publishing, scriptwriting, and editing in community organisations or government departments.

Admission requirements

UTS Rule: Applicants must have completed a recognised Australian bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

For this course, an equivalent qualification is a bachelor’s, graduate diploma or master’s in any field of study. Applicants with a graduate certificate in a related field of study are also considered. Applicants who do not possess the relevant qualification must submit a CV and personal statement outlining their educational and professional achievements.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 600 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 100 overall with a writing score of 23; or DEEP: B+; or PTE: 68

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who successfully completed the graduate certificate in the articulated program are eligible for recognition of prior learning for completed subjects.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-year, full-time, or equivalent part-time basis.

Course structure

The course totals 48 credit points, consisting of three core subjects and three electives. Students may select subjects beyond the list of elective subjects with the approval of the graduate adviser. Not all subjects are available each semester.

A full-time student undertakes 24 credit points a semester. A part-time student should undertake 16 credit points a semester.

Course completion requirements

57031 Non-fiction Writing   8cp
57041 Advanced Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
CBK90528 Electives   24cp
Total   48cp

CBK90528 Electives

Select 24 credit points from the following options:   24cp
57014 Feature Writing 8cp  
57046 Professional Editing 8cp  
57053 Book Publishing and Marketing 8cp  
57101 Advanced Screenwriting 8cp  
57122 Short Fiction Workshop 8cp  
57124 Novel Writing Workshop 8cp  
57133 Writing Poetry 8cp  
57142 Writing for the Screen 8cp  
57165 True Crime 8cp  
57144 Popular Fiction 8cp  
57145 Critical Writing 8cp  
57989 Mise-en-Scene 8cp  
57154 Writing Television Drama 8cp  
57162 Memory and Life Writing 8cp  
Total   24cp


Course program

Example programs are given below.

 
Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn semester
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
57041 Advanced Narrative Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring semester
57031 Non-fiction Writing   8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
 
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring semester
57041 Advanced Narrative Writing   8cp
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
57031 Non-fiction Writing   8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
 
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn semester
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
57041 Advanced Narrative Writing   8cp
Spring semester
57031 Non-fiction Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp
 
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring semester
57134 Theory and Creative Writing   8cp
57041 Advanced Narrative Writing   8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
57031 Non-fiction Writing   8cp
Select 8 credit points of electives   8cp
Spring semester
Select 16 credit points of electives   16cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting (C11066), the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (C11071), the Graduate Diploma in Writing and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing (C04109).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on: