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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature

Learn how to inspire, engage, and persuade your audiences with the Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature. Build on writing skills you’ve developed at the undergraduate level or in your current role and gain a deeper understanding of the theory and history behind great pieces of writing.

Want the advanced writing and analysis skills needed to unlock exciting roles in publishing, marketing, and teaching?

The Graduate Diploma of Writing and Literature attracts a broad spectrum of students, from aspiring authors looking to add polish to their storytelling, to editors striving for senior positions in the publishing industry. The common thread across our talented group of students is a deep love for reading and writing. Developing skills alongside students and teachers who share your passion is one of the highlights of this course.

Many students use this course as a pathway into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature). As such, it includes two core units from the master's program.

The foundation units provide an introduction to the craft and conventions of creative writing, professional writing, and publishing. Dive into the theory and history stemming from traditional literature and explore conceptual and practical approaches to creativity, craft, form, and publication. These units challenge you to add discipline and structure to your creativity and the writing tasks you’ll complete simulating the same work you’ll be doing in your future role.

You’ll then choose your remaining six units from a broad list of writing, literature, and elective study areas. This allows you to build specialist skills and design a degree based on your career aspirations.

Campus Information

Burwood

The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Offer outcome
7 Days
Visa application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

You’ll graduate from this course with more than just advanced writing skills. You’ll also have expertise in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and research – the kind of skills employers across all industries value.

This course puts you in a strong position to explore a range of career pathways, including:

  • author
  • editor
  • literary critic
  • publisher
  • advertising executive
  • communications specialist
  • copywriter
  • journalist
  • public relations practitioner
  • English teacher

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission Requirements Specific Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
  • a Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
  • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

  • Course Code: 083988G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 31400 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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