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Study Creative Writing at Curtin

Creative Writing

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-CRWRI

Major
Creative Writing Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

Develop your writing skills in fiction, poetry, and experimental and emerging genres.

Study Creative Writing at Curtin

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Five star

Five star rating for overall experience, skills development, learning resources, teaching quality, learner engagement and starting salary.

(Good Universities Guide 2021)

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Many teaching staff are acclaimed authors, including Kim Scott, David Whish-Wilson, Rachel Robertson and John Kinsella.

The standout feature of a successful creative writing career is the ability to contribute to and influence culture through an understanding of writing conventions and literary techniques.

Do you enjoy expressing your creative side through writing? Are you an aspiring author or poet? In this major you’ll gather the knowledge and techniques that writers need in the age of digital communication and entertainment.

You’ll develop skills across various writing styles, including fiction, poetry and experimental and emerging genres.

You’ll also benefit from the advice of Curtin’s experienced tutors (many of whom are acclaimed authors) and through critical engagement with your creative peer group.

Creative writing is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Curtin’s creative writing graduates have had consistent success in national literary awards and publishing. Alumni include Ruth McIver, Tim Winton, Jon Doust, Deborah Robertson, Brooke Davis and Tracy Ryan.
  • The content of the major creates employment outcomes across a broad range of communications-related fields.
  • You will develop applicable language skills and conceptual understandings that will be useful across diverse academic disciplines.
  • You may have the opportunity to publish your work in a variety of print and online publications.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Copywriter / writer
  • Publisher
  • Editor

Industries

  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Creative arts

What you'll learn

  • 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

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 65%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-CRWRI
  • Last updated on: September 10, 2020