The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at CQUniversity provides a flexible course of postgraduate study. You will acquire the skills to write engaging works across different genres for various audiences and markets. The course presents you with a literary tool kit of stylistic writing techniques across various genres, including traditional fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and script-writing, as well as hybrid genres such as flash fiction, speculative fiction, personal essays, narrative journalism, and concrete poetry, among others.
As one of CQUniversity's Be Different Flexible Online courses, you can enrol, study and undertake assessment at times that suit you. Our Graduate Certificate of Creative Writing is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. You have up to 2 years to complete the course.
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.
|2 years part-time
|Credit Points that Must be Earned
|Number of Units Required
|CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
|Expected Hours of Study
|One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
|Qualification (post nominal)
|Level 8: Graduate Certificate
Indicative Year - 2024
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold one of the following:
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:
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:
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.
As per entry requirements.
No Residential School for this course.
|Number of Students
|Course Learning Outcomes
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
|10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
|11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
|12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
|13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
|14. Course content drawn from higher education units
|Number of units: 4
|Total credit points: 24
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:
|Elements of Creative Writing I
|Elements of Creative Writing II
|Creative Non-Fiction: True Stories Told Well
|Writing Poetry and Short Dramatic Pieces