Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)

Course 319CW (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 24 months part time.


Dr Kevin Brophy


Arts & Music Student Centre
Course Overview:

NOTE: This course is in phase-out mode and is no longer accepting applications for admisssion.

The creative writing program at the University of Melbourne is located in the School of Culture and Communication. Creative writing at Melbourne offers students an exciting and productive environment in which to acquire and develop essential skills in creative writing through a range of subjects. The programs encourage work that combines creative and critical abilities. The focus of the programs is on developing students' writing skills and publication opportunities.

The programs offer a number of subjects and study areas, including prose fiction and poetry as well as non-fiction, performance, editing and scriptwriting, which provide opportunities for students to produce their own work under the guidance of professionally accredited practitioners who are technically expert in their specific areas. Many of them have close links with the publishing and film-production industries, and can keep students in touch with current developments. Graduates of this program have been extremely successful in seeing their work featured in a wide range of publications, and many have won awards in national competitions for their work.

Staff are dedicated to fostering a learning experience that students will value their whole lives, and they aim to help students to produce writing of a publishable standard.

The School of Culture and Communication also has a vibrant postgraduate community with its own journals and seminar series to which creative writing students make important and regular contributions.

Objectives: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Course Structure

Students continuing in this course should refer to the course structure in the University Handbook for the year they commenced the Diploma.

All pre-2008 Handbooks can be found - https://psc.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Availability

Students should refer to the same area of study listed in the 2010 listings for the 105-AA Bachelor of Arts (pre2008) - http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/

Current students needing assistance with course planning for completion of the course requirments should contact the Arts & Music Student Centre.

Entry Requirements:

NOTE: This course is in phase-out mode and is no longer accepting applications for admisssion.

Core Participation Requirements: The Diploma in Arts requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. There are no pre-requisites for first year subjects, and any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the Handbook's subject description.

However, the University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability.

Further Study: Arts offers many opportunities for further study. A postgraduate diploma, leading on to a masters degree or PhD, can add vocational and/or research skills to your undergraduate arts degree and increase your employment options. Arts graduates also use postgraduate study to explore in greater depth and detail subjects they found interesting during their undergraduate study or to study a completely new field of knowledge.
Graduate Attributes: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA
Generic Skills: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA

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