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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2020: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
097508C

Degree overview

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time with a double major. 
  • UniSA is ranked No.1 in South Australia for Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences and for Creative Arts1.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers in Cultural Studies and Linguistics, Sociology, Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture2.
  • Gain international experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program.
  • You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with Humanities and Social Sciences as a Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

1QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey and Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Overall Satisfaction and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree is flexible and opens up a range of career possibilities. As a student studying the Creative Writing and Literature major you will explore historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays.

You will focus on:

  • developing analytical skills
  • developing creative writing skills
  • exploring how different oral and written texts impact the cultures of the world

You will:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the contexts and cultural influences of a wide range of literature and the theory and practice of creative writing.
  • be equipped to work independently and collaboratively to construct effective arguments and produce creative and critical texts across a wide range of genres and written media.
  • have a defined set of writing, editing and relevant analytical skills that can be used in a broad range of professional contexts.

You will also graduate with advanced writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA), you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach English in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation as Creative Writing and Literature.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This specialisation allows you to delve into the English language. You will study historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays. As you begin to create your own great classics, you will also learn how different oral and written texts have impacted cultures around the world. Under the guidance of highly experienced academics you will:

  • develop analytical skills
  • develop creative writing skills
  • explore how different oral and written texts have impacted on the cultures of the world

This degree allows you to select two majors, so you graduate with broad knowledge in two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from:

You will also complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors, and two electives.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Creative Writing and Literature: An Introduction COMM 1061 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Creative Writing Workshop COMM 1045 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Writing and Reading Fiction and Poetry COMM 2058 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,6
OR
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Reworking the Canon LANG 2042 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,6
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 6
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
The Writer's World LANG 3042 4.5
World Literatures and English LANG 3030 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Creative Writing Theory and Practice LANG 3043 4.5
The Power of Story LANG 2005 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest.

You'll have the opportunity to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program. In this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with Humanities and Social Sciences as a Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

Real-world connections

The Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program is a great way to build global awareness, broaden your global and societal understanding, and build important industry networks and relationships.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates from this specialisation are qualified to embark on careers within the creative industries, advertising and publishing fields as authors, editors and researchers. You may gain employment in fields such as:

  • document design
  • electronic publishing
  • marketing
  • media
  • administration
  • public relations
  • research

You could also pursue teaching roles when you continue your studies with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an arts student, you will have access to:

  • on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world
  • The Hartley Playhouse Theatre – a 200-seat auditorium ideal for live performances
  • on-campus TV Studio featuring one of the largest green screens in SA and home to national television shows aired on Channel 44
  • a broadcast-standard digital radio studio which produces UniCast, a 24 hour online radio station
  • a purpose-built, high-end sound and vision Media Suite, featuring an 85 inch LCD panel, Denon Hifi and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 surround sound, which can be used to
  • host meetings and showcase student work to industry clients
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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