1.5 years full time or
equiv. part time
The Master of Arts in Creative Writing is designed for experienced writers who want to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills. Students learn valuable skills and work towards developing a major project under the guidance of an academic faculty member with expertise in creative writing.
Students study one genre in depth or explore a range of genres and media.
Graduates of this course develop:
- general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres
- an ability to develop and critically revise their own work
- an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of media and contemporary cultural forms
- a critical knowledge of cultural and aesthetic debates, and
- an ability to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in cultural industries.
In most cases, UTS offers domestic students entry to postgraduate courses on a fee paying basis.
Tuition fees are charged:
- based on the particular course in which you are enrolled
- based on the number of credit points in which you are enrolled
- at the rates set for the current year and revised annually
Fees for future year(s) published in the online calculator, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
Tuition fees can be found in the online calculator.
A small number of postgraduate courses offer government subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Find out whether there are CSPs available in this course by visiting our postgraduate fees page.
In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional costs.
Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year.
Tuition fees for international postgraduate coursework students can be found using fees search.
Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.
For this course, the cost per credit point for 2016 is $560. The total credit points are 72.
All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:
- Protocol on fees and refunds for international students - contains the fee and refund conditions for international students
- Tuition Protection Service - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for
In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.
For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.
Career options include advertising, computing, creative writing, freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, publishing or scriptwriting, and editing in community organisations or government departments.
Course completion requirements
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Course structure explained
The course comprises 72 credit points, made up of five core subjects and three electives.
Students may select subjects beyond the lists of elective subjects with the approval of the graduate adviser. Not all subjects are available each session.
Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.
The course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or equivalent part-time basis.
Full time, on campus
Part time, on campus
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
For applicants with a bachelor's degree:
- the degree must be in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture (eg Bachelor of Arts), or creative arts
- if the degree is not in the field of education, management and commerce, society and culture, or creative arts, applicants must also have a minimum of two years related professional work experience. Applicants must answer the employment question in the UAC application as employment experience is assessed according to the response provided.
For applicants with a master’s, graduate diploma or graduate certificate:
- the degree can be in any field of study.
If applicants have not met any of the requirements above, they must provide:
- a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course they are applying for, and
- a curriculum vitae (CV), which should include details of paid and voluntary work or other experiences (eg special interest groups) that could be relevant to the course.
If applicants do not submit these documents, their application may not be considered.
To be eligible to articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting (C11066), the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (C11071) or the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (C06041), students must complete at least two postgraduate writing subjects with a distinction grade or higher.
The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.International students
Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.
Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.
If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.
Students who have successfully completed one of the graduate certificates or the graduate diploma in the articulated program and who are admitted to this course are eligible for credit recognition for completed subjects.
Articulation with UTS courses
This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting (C11066), the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing (C11071), the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing (C06041) and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing.
Scholarships, prizes and awards
For Communication students
Only for international students
For all domestic students
Only for Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander students
Prizes and awards
For Communication students
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