BP257 - Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

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


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
Award abbreviation: BArts(CreatWrit)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters) full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100705
CRICOS code: 065130G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) offers you a practice-based arts degree focused on the production of creative work within a range of theoretical frameworks. It is a degree where upon graduation, you will be confident practising your particular writing craft within a context of research and scholarship, in order to undertake professional work as well as further learning.

This program uses a variety of learning and teaching approaches including guest lectures, face-to-face learning, case studies, reflective learning, workshops and opportunities for participating in, and leading seminars. You will develop your skills and expertise as a creative writer, immersed in a community of creative writers and thinkers. You will be surrounded by writers of different levels and experience, led by skilled industry practitioners and published authors. You will learn to employ and stretch your imagination, exercise critical thinking and creative judgment, develop intellectual independence, all within a sound understanding of the field in order to further your own writing practice. You will become an adaptable creative professional able to adjust to constantly changing environments.

In your third year you will have the opportunity to write and develop a major piece of writing in your chosen form under the guidance of experienced staff and in the company of your colleague student writers. During this final year, you will also have the opportunity to do an internship to develop your career path, make connections with industry, further your own artistic and professional ambitions, establish networks of professional relationships to maximise employment opportunities upon graduation.

Successful completion of this degree is a pathway for further learning such as an honours degree. Typically, employment opportunities exist in three broad areas: writing for publication in print and new media; writing for screenplay and script development; writing for and about education and other research fields. There are increasing opportunities arising in convergent media platforms through interactivity, games and apps as well as emerging opportunities for self-employment and publication through ebooks, zines and the net. There are also career opportunities resulting from emerging trends such as boutique publishing, and the potential for you to be self-employed as creative writers and freelance practitioners.

Graduates of this program have won prizes, become published authors of novels, screenplays, short works, articles, reviews and poetry. They have become event managers, editors, been employed by various forms of print media and the net, and have become journalists working in the creative arts, as well as professional writers. Some have gone on to do further study, including Honours, Graduate Diplomas, or coursework Masters. 

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Articulation and pathways

Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification.

The following credit arrangements are in place:  

Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of Credit GrantedEntry/Selection RequirementsCommencementDuration of program after exemption
AD016Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years

Minimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and would be required to submit a pre selection kit by the third week of December. 

February and July Intake 144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years
C6160Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years

Minimum GPA of 3.5 will be given guaranteed entry

Less than GPA of 3.5 may still apply and would be required to submit a pre selection kit. Students would be required to undertake a brief interview with the appropriate academic adviser in the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).

February and July Intake 144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 years


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including honours or master by coursework in the School of Media and Communication, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE requirements: Year 12 Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 32 in any English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus Certificate

Selection tasks: 

All applicants must complete and submit the Creative Writing pre-selection kit.
Applicants who have successfully completed the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing or the Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting with required GPA are guaranteed entry and are not required to complete the selection kit.

For details, please check VTAC Guide and/or RMIT website.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in creative writing.

The publishing industry in Australia has been highly supportive of Creative Writing at RMIT. The School of Media and Communication has close ties with Penguin Books, The Australian Film Commission, Scribe Publishers, Film Victoria, Allen and Unwin, Channel Seven, Text Publishers, Random House, Sleepers Publishing and others.

Key staff have strong connections with industry and creative practice. They are authors, screenwriters, essayists, playwrights, reviewers and researchers. Some are working in new media and web-based writing, others are more traditionally located in Australian and international texts through their own writing teaching and research.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

The University Library has a large collection of Creative Writing related books, journals and electronic resources.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

The Australian Film Institute Research Collection – the largest collection of its kind in the country – ismanaged by the School of Media and Communication and provides a unique resource for students within the Creative Writing Program.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Course guides will identify print and electronic resources available to help you complete all your learning and assessment tasks. There are also specific resources available on campus that will assist you in the program.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information from Student Support.

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