This degree is versatile, from travel writing to freelance writing.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Writing and Cultural Studies)
Why did you choose Writing and Cultural Studies?
I’m really interested in the research and cultural studies area of magazines. This degree is versatile in that you can apply it wherever you like, from travel writing to freelance writing.
What’s your favourite subject so far?
Definitely Fictional form. The tutorials for this class involve reading your work out loud and workshopping it with your peers. It can be really nerve-wracking at first — it feels like you’re exposing a piece of yourself — but it’s really helpful. I felt my writing improve immediately. I actually think it’s harder to critique the other students’ work. I’m also enjoying the cultural studies aspect of the course, which involves studying other cultures’ ideas about creativity. For example, we recently discussed the fact that in some cultures they write with their eyes closed so as to use their senses more.
Why did you choose UTS?
The focus on creativity and technology really appealed to me. Also, UTS has an amazing range of communications courses — seven — which means you can go into more depth in the field of communication you’re interested in. It seemed like a really good environment and my lecturers and tutors are all so passionate and approachable.
Do you find you’ve had chances to network through UTS’s industry connections?
I’m already getting emails with lists of internships and jobs available — I’ve just applied for one. Even though I’m only in first year, I’ve already seen a lot of great opportunities.
What advice can you give new students?
A lot of people choose a course depending on what they think is the best route to getting a job, but you really have to do what you love. I’ve met people with similar interests who have inspired me to continue with writing — it’s made me feel very positive about my future.