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Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing


City campus

Min. duration
1 year full time or
equiv. part time

course codes
UTS: C06041v6
CRICOS: 032361K
UAC: 940513

The Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing is part of an articulated program designed to meet a range of needs for people who want to start a career in writing and for experienced writers wanting to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills.

Course aims

Students develop:

  • both general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres, studying one genre in depth or exploring the potential of a range of genres and media
  • an ability to develop and critically revise their own work
  • an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of 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.

Typical study program

Example programs are given below.

First year

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
57041 Narrative Writing857041
57134 Theory and Creative Writing857134
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
57031 Creative Non-fiction857031
Select 8 credit points of electives:8

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

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 48.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

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, freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, publishing, scriptwriting, and editing in community organisations or government departments.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
STM90815 Core subjects24
CBK90528 Electives24

Course structure explained

The course totals 48 credit points, consisting of three core subjects and three electives. Students may select subjects beyond the list 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.

Additional information

Course duration

The course duration is one year of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Full time, on campus
Part time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

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.

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any field of study (or overseas equivalent) must provide:

  • a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course they are applying for
  • 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.

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.

Credit recognition

Students who successfully completed either of the graduate certificates in the articulated program 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 and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing (C04109). To be eligible to articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing (C04109), students must complete at least two postgraduate writing subjects with a distinction grade or higher.

Scholarships, prizes and awards


Prizes and awards

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UTS: Handbook

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