If you have a story to tell, but want to build your skills as a professional writer without committing to a full university degree, then the Associate Degree of Creative Writing is the course for you.
This course enables you to study writing from poetry to journalism; from screenwriting to non-fiction and to develop the innovative, critical and editorial skills to pursue a career as a writer.
This program is taught by writers from the Northern Rivers arts community and beyond. It provides opportunities for hands-on experience with the Byron Writers Festival, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and other literary events.
Excellent writing skills are in high demand across a range of different professions, and the ability to communicate ideas is invaluable in any sector.
Graduates of the Associate Degree of Creative Writing may also choose to continue to study for another year and complete their Bachelor of Arts.
Graduates might find work as a writer of novels and scripts; a food, nature, art or travel writer; a feature journalist; critic and reviewer; essayist; poet; editor and publisher; or as a writer for marketing and public relations, the public service and arts-related industries.
Opportunities exist for writing students to undertake work placements with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), the Byron Writers Festival, and the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. Students can choose a professional placement unit during which they spend 70 - 100 hours in an appropriate organisation, developing their knowledge and skills.
Assessment tasks may include creative writing assignments, theoretical essays, tutorial presentations and participation, and creative-research projects.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.