English and Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Creative Writing

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Use your creative writing skills and love of the English language to tell stories in a range of different contexts and styles.

Key details for

  • Selection Rank

    • 70
  • Course Code

    • B1356
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 001572M
  • Course Code

    • B1356
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

Creative writing can make people laugh, cry, think from a new perspective and even shape the world. In this course you’ll explore literary forms from the short story to the sonnet, from the blog to the bildungsroman, and from pastoral to performance poetry.

Learn from scholars and established writers, ranging from short story writers and novelists who have published major works, to drama practitioners and performance theorists, and experts in English and Comparative Literature.

Develop your skills in becoming an insightful thinker, an observant reader and an imaginative writer. Explore a wide range of literary, theoretical, dramatic, and other texts, from the Renaissance to the present day, and develop your capacity for reflection and analysis.

You’ll learn to write in a range of literary and related genres and learn to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively.

8 reasons to study English and Creative Writing

  • Work with real organisations on real projects, and complete internships through our work integrated learning program. Some of our students have worked with the Blue Room, WA Fringe Festival and the Heath Ledger Theatre.
  • Get more real-world experience in our on-campus student creative consultancy MESH and work on real projects with real companies.
  • Future job growth for authors, book and script editors is very strong.
    Source: joboutlook.wa.gov 2018
  • At Murdoch, you’ll develop an entrepreneurial attitude, client consultation skills, critical thinking and the ability to adapt - so you can action your ideas.
  • Showcase your creative work through local, national or even global competitions. Our students have had their writing published and won film awards that have landed them jobs with global film and music producers.
  • You’ll learn to be adaptive and agile in a fast changing working world. Learn to write in different contexts and styles making you a critical and creative thinker who will be able to work across a range of industries.
  • Study two majors in 3 years and graduate with two specialisations, further enhancing your career prospects.
  • Study an Asian language alongside your degree and take your career global. We offer Japanese and Indonesian.

Some of the things you’ll learn

  • professional writing and editing
  • reading and writing in the online world
  • poetry: sonnet to slam
  • literature, imagination and politics
  • the short story: approaches to reading and writing.

Your future career

When you graduate you could become an author or editor and will be well prepared for employment in advertising, design, teaching, public administration, journalism, publishing, computer arts, and many fields of business.

Careers could include:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Professional Writer.

The industries you could work in include the arts, publishing, communications, government or even working for yourself as a free-lancer.

Recommended double majors

Recommended combined degrees

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus or external
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Mid-year start available (International students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

 

Your Application Checklist

  • Check the course details
  • Check the entry requirements for the course to clarify your eligibility
  • Check your eligibility for a scholarship
  • Prepare your documentation (see the checklist below)
  • Ask us any questions you might have (we're here to help!)
  • Now you're ready to apply!

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • ATAR results
  • STAT Test results

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)