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Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing)

Course Description

Postgraduate Diploma

Course Overview

The rapid pace of change in the ways in which information is accessed, utilised and converted into knowledge means that there is a growing need for graduates with both traditional and electronic professional and creative writing skills. The Masters of Arts (Writing) course draws together print and performance-based texts, while exploring the local and global opportunities of electronic media. These areas include: creative writing, electronic writing; information management; eCommunications and writing for learning technologies. These programs will give students access to the best materials in print and online as well as to experts in their field. Students will be supported by online mentors and tutors.

Students can exit the course after 4 units and receive the Graduate Certificate, after 8 units to receive the Graduate Diploma or after 12 units for the Master.

What you'll learn

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing) will be able to:

  1. Apply cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of writing theory and practice and identify and provide solutions to complex problems related to the construction and interpretation of writing related texts, and to think critically to generate and evaluate complex ideas about one’s own writing and the writing of others.
  2. Apply specialised technical and creative skills needed to generate industry ready texts and to  review and think critically about the writing of self and others
  3. Use communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts related to writing and criticism needed to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences of creative works.
  4. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions specific to creative practice in varied specialised contexts related to writing.
  5. Initiate,plan, implement and evaluate how both the broad and specific functions of writing and critique can be executed and maintained with in varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  6. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for writing-related personal outputs and aspects of working with others within broad parameters, including through the development of sustainable and independent writing practices.

Entry requirements

A recognised bachelor degree


A Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) or equivalent

International Applicants – English Language Requirements
International applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%
  • Obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

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