BP257 - Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

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Plan: BP257 - Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Studio-based learning is a distinguishing feature of the program. In studios, learning emerges through making - an investigative and creative process driven by research, exploration and experimentation, and critique and reflection.

Alongside studios, the program uses a variety of learning and teaching approaches which may include lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, case studies, problem-based learning, reflective techniques e.g. blogs, online and face-to-face presentations, group-based learning, online and face-to-face discussions, and negotiated learning for the major project.

Workshopping — feedback on your writing by your peers and by the lecturer — is a key learning activity in this course.  You are responsible for contributing to reflect of your own work and that of others.  Peer feedback is integral to the learning environment and subsequently for professional practice within the creative industries.

The overall approach to assessment in the program combines research assignments, portfolio production, essays, presentations, and peer or industry review and feedback.  Research projects and presentations are directly related to industry specific needs and may culminate in public readings, screenings or broadcasts, for example.

Scaffolding underpins our approach to skills development and to situating practice within theoretical frameworks.  ‘’Scaffolding’ means that learning activities and assessments are of increasing complexity.  You will build upon your knowledge and skills of both theory and practice throughout the program.

During the three years of the program you will be assessed in each course in a variety of ways. The assessment will test your abilities to be creative, reflective, analytical and professional. You will receive feedback on your work in both written and verbal forms and based on that feedback you will be able to develop and improve your work. In the third year you have the opportunity to write a major project and to reflect on the making of the work in a companion work. This project will bring together all the skills you have developed over the course of the program. It gives you the opportunity to produce an original project of a high standard to reflect your abilities and creative talent.

RMIT Advice
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-credit

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

In this program, you will be doing specific courses that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry. Activities may include: industry and peer critique of scripts within a writing studio model; presenting a ‘pitch’ to a potential publisher or producer; web-based writing; industry and event management; writers' festivals; performance and public readings of work. Or it may involve working on the editorial and marketing team for the student anthology of creative writing. Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

The nominated WIL course in this program is:

  • COMM2650 Creative Writing Studio: Collaborations (24cp) 

In Creative Writing Collaborations you will work on a negotiated project with other students and staff to model industry practice, providing you with an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Two (2) Core Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Creative Writing Studio: Foundations24COMM2646City Campus
Creative Writing Studio: Craft24COMM2648City Campus
AND
Complete two (2) courses in the first block of the Contextual Study area of your choice. Please refer to the list of Contextual Studies options and their courses, which can be found after the Year Three course list.
Contextual Studies courses
AND
Complete two (2) courses in the School Options list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of School Option courses at the end of this program structure document.
School Options courses
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Two (2) Core Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Creative Writing Studio: Specialisation24COMM2649City Campus
Creative Writing Studio: Collaborations24COMM2650City Campus
AND
Complete one (1) course in the second block of the Contextual Study area of your choice. Please refer to the list of Contextual Studies options and their courses, which can be found after the Year Three course list.
Contextual Studies courses
AND
Complete two (2) course in the School Options list that you have not taken or passed already. Please refer to the list of School Option courses at the end of this program structure document.
School Options courses
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Core Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Creative Writing Studio: Horizons24COMM2651City Campus
Creative Writing Studio: Project24COMM2652City Campus
Essay Project12COMM2647City Campus
Creative Writing: Approaches to Theories and Ideas12COMM2645City Campus
AND
Complete the only one (1) course in the last block of the Contextual Study area of your choice. Please refer to the list of Contextual Studies options and their courses, which can be found after the Year Three course list.
Contextual Studies courses
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from:
University Elective
 
AND
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Contextual Studies: Approaches to Popular Culture

{
Year One:Select and Complete Two (2) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Pop Culture in Everyday Life12COMM2633City Campus
Television Cultures12COMM1073City Campus
Popular Cinema12COMM2632City Campus
AND
Year Two: Select and Complete One (1) of the following Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Music in Popular Culture12COMM1081City Campus
Exploring Asian Popular Culture12COMM2345City Campus
Screening Politics and Economies12COMM2636City Campus
AND
Year Three: Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

New Perspectives in Contemporary Popular Culture12COMM2631City Campus
 
OR

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Contextual Studies: Asian Media and Culture

{
Year One: Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Modern Asia12COMM2138City Campus
Mass Media in Asia12COMM1086City Campus
AND
Year Two: Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

New Media, New Asia12COMM2336City Campus
Asian Cinemas12COMM1035City Campus
Exploring Asian Popular Culture12COMM2345City Campus
AND
Year Three: Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Sex, Politics & Social Change in Asia12COMM2253City Campus
}
 
OR

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Contextual Studies: Cinema Studies

{
Year One: Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Introduction to Cinema Studies12COMM1031City Campus
Popular Cinema12COMM2632City Campus
AND
Year Two: Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

True Lies : Documentary Studies12COMM1034City Campus
Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation12COMM2637City Campus
Asian Cinemas12COMM1035City Campus
Australian Cinema12COMM1033City Campus
AND
Year Three: Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Histories of Film Theory12COMM1036City Campus
}
 
OR

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Contextual Studies: Literary Studies

{
Year One: Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation12COMM2637City Campus
Reading Space and Place12COMM2635City Campus
AND
Year Two: Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Literary Realism to Post-Modernism12LANG1006City Campus
Narrating the Self12COMM2638City Campus
Reading Sex and Race12COMM2634City Campus
AND
Year Three: Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Literature's Ethics12COMM2630City Campus
 
OR

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Contextual Studies: Politics, Economies and Communication

{
Year One: Complete the following Two (2) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Rhetorics & Politics of the Contemporary World12COMM2402City Campus
Politics Communicated12COMM2409City Campus
AND
Year Two: Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Economies Communicated12COMM2408City Campus
Screening Politics and Economies12COMM2636City Campus
Global Political Economy12SOCU2112City Campus
AND
Year Three: Complete the following One (1) Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Social Applications of Communication: A Political Economy of the Workplace12COMM2407City Campus
}
)
AND

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School Options:

School Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Advertising Media12GRAP2369City Campus
Alternative Animation12COMM2213City Campus
Art After Videogames12VART2964City Campus
Asian Cinemas12COMM1035City Campus
Australian Cinema12COMM1033City Campus
Broadcast Media12COMM2220City Campus
Client Management12COMM2333City Campus
Communicating Brand Narrative12COMM2684City Campus
Contemporary Australian Writing12COMM2392City Campus
Creative Advertising12GRAP2311City Campus
DJs, Digital Rhythms and Dance Cultures12PERF2061City Campus
Economies Communicated12COMM2408City Campus
Engaging the Mobile Environment12COMM2416City Campus
Exploring Asian Popular Culture12COMM2345City Campus
Features and Storytelling12COMM2641City Campus
Foundations of Public Relations12COMM1161City Campus
Game Studies12VART2496City Campus
Independent Videogames12OART1036City Campus
Interdisciplinary Communication Project12COMM2324City Campus
Introduction to Advertising12MKTG1208City Campus
Introduction to Cinema Studies12COMM1031City Campus
Introduction to Graphic Design12GRAP2175City Campus
Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication12COMM2688City Campus
Literary Realism to Post-Modernism12LANG1006City Campus
Managing a Communication Business12COMM2337City Campus
Mass Media in Asia12COMM1086City Campus
Media and Communication Internship12COMM2639City Campus
Media and Communication Major Internship24COMM2642City Campus
Modern Asia12COMM2138City Campus
Music in Popular Culture12COMM1081City Campus
Narrating the Self12COMM2638City Campus
Networked Media12COMM2219City Campus
New Media, New Asia12COMM2336City Campus
Photojournalism12COMM2640City Campus
Politics Communicated12COMM2409City Campus
Pop Culture in Everyday Life12COMM2633City Campus
Popular Cinema12COMM2632City Campus
Reading Sex and Race12COMM2634City Campus
Reading Space and Place12COMM2635City Campus
Rhetorics & Politics of the Contemporary World12COMM2402City Campus
Screening Politics and Economies12COMM2636City Campus
Short Story Writing12GRAP2317City Campus
Sound Design12COMM2305City Campus
Television Cultures12COMM1073City Campus
Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation12COMM2637City Campus
The Play Society12OART1037City Campus
The Spectacle of Music Video: From MTV to YouTube12PERF2062City Campus
True Lies : Documentary Studies12COMM1034City Campus
Typography in Design12GRAP2277City Campus
Writing Angles: Popular and Professional12COMM2098City Campus
Writing for Videogames12COMM2244City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

In 2015, the program BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) will update its program structure. The existing structure will have its last intake in 2014.  All new commencing students after this date will enrol into the newly amended program structure effective Semester 1, 2015.

If you are an existing student in BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)you will be provided with a study plan and a transition map of same or equivalent courses based on the tables below.  Your academic progress will be considered and reviewed with an academic advisor.

Your study plan will outline: 

  • Courses you have already completed in BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Courses you are currently enrolled in (results pending) in BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Courses, if any, that you will need to complete in the amended program structure in order to graduate with the award of BP257 Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).

If you are undertaking a reduced load, are on Leave of Absence (LOA), or have deferred studies you will not be disadvantaged by the change of program structure.

You will not incur any extra costs or be required to complete extra credit points as a result of this change in program structure.

BP257 Transition Map-

same or equivalent courses

    
SemeseterOld Course/s no longer offeredCredit PointsNew or amended course/s, courses offeredCredit Points
1

COMM2389 Telling Stories: The Art of Narrative

AND

COMM2390 World Myths and Narrative

12

 

12

COMM2656 Creative Writing Studio 1: Foundations24
1COMM1031 Introduction to Cinema Studies12School Elective 112
1PHIL1087 Introduction to Recent Philosophy12Contextual Studies Major course 112
2

COMM2391 Wariting Non-Fiction

AND

COMM2107 Writing Media Texts

12

 

12

COMM2648 Creative Writing Studio 2: Craft24
2COMM2392 Contemporary Australian Writing12School Elective 212
2COMM2140 Introduction to Literary Studies12Contextual Studies Major Course 212
3

COMM2393 Writing a Novel

AND

COMM2394 Literary Non-Fiction

12

 

12

COMM2649 Creatuve Writing Studio 3: Specialisation24
3LANG1006 Literary Realism to Post-Modernism12Contextual Studies Major course 312
3

University Student Elective

 

12School Elective12
3

COMM2397 Anatomy of a Screenplay

AND

COMM2227 Advanced Scriptwriting

12

 

12

COMM2649 Creative Writing Studio 3: Specialisation24
3

Approved program elective

12Contextual Studies Major course 312
3

University Student Elective

 

12School Elective 312
4

COMM2395 Novel Writing Studio

AND

COMM2396 Literary Theory

12

 

12

COMM2650 Creative Writing Studio 4: Collaborations24
4

Approved program elective

12Student Elective 412
4University Student Elective12University Student Elective12
4

COMM2401 Screenplay Studio

AND

COMM1032 Authorship & Narrative in the Cinema

12

 

12

COMM2650 Creative Writing Studio 4: Collaborations24
4PHIL1003 Understanding Philosophy: Themese from Popular Culture12School Elective 412
5

COMM2183 Concept Development

AND

COMM2186 Professional Practice

12

 

12

COMM2651 Creative Writing Studio 5: Horizons24
5

Approved program elective

 

12COMM2645 Approaches to Theories & Ideas12
5COMM2343 Literature/ Philosophy: Communicating the Self12Contextual Studies Major course 412
6COMM2187 Major Project and Production36

COMM2652 Creative Writing Studio 6: Project

AND

COMM2647 Essay Project

24

 

12

6COMM2399 The Business of Creative Writing12University Student Elective12

Students who have failed two 12cp courses that have been mapped into a new 24cp course will be required to enrol into the new 24cp offering from Semester 1 2015. Students who have failed one of the 12cp courses that has been mapped into a 24cp course will be given advice on which replacement course they need to complete in order to make up a futher 12 credit points.

The table below shows the current 12 credit point courses and the courses that are replacing them in the amended structure of the program.

BP257 Transition Map-

replacement for failed courses

    
SemesterOld course/s no longer offeredCredit PointsNew or amended course/s, courses offeredCredit Points
1COMM2389 Telling Stories: The Art of Narrative12COMM2171 Genre Writing12
1COMM2390 World Myths and Narrative12COMM2633 Popular Culture in Everyday Life12
2COMM2391 Writing Non-Fiction12COMM2098 Writing Angles12
3COMM2393 Writing a Novel12COMM2171 Genre Writing OR GRAP2317 Short Story Writing12
3COMM2394 Literary Non-Fiction12COMM1034 True Lies: Documentary Studies12
3COMM2397 Anatomy of a Screenplay12COMM1033 Australian Cinema OR COMM2171 Genre Writing12
3COMM2227 Advanced Scriptwriting12COMM1033 Australian Cinema OR COMM2171 Genre Writing12
4COMM2395 Novel Writing Studio12COMM2171 Genre Writing OR GRAP2317 Short Story Writing12
4COMM2396 Literary Theory12COMM2645 Approaches to Theory and Idea12
4COMM2401 Scrrenplay Studio12COMM1033 Australian Cinema OR COMM2171 Genre Writing12
5COMM2183 Concept Development12COMM2637 Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation12
5COMM2186 Professional Practice12COMM2639 Media and Communication Internship12
6COMM2187 Major Project and Production36

COMM2652 Creative Writing Studio 6: Project

AND

COMM2647 Essay Project

24

 

12

 

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