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Bachelor of Arts Major Creative & Critical Writing

Bachelor of Arts Major Creative & Critical Writing (BART)
CRICOS: 009258A

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul, Nov
Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via online study.

Overview

  • Do you love writing and reading? Would you like to become a professional writer? What story do you want to tell?
  • Develop and refine your ability to write engaging works for a range of audiences and markets. You will learn to write creatively and critically, and to produce compelling, professional narratives in both fiction and non-fiction. 
  • You will also experiment with diverse forms, genres, and styles of writing and learn how to conceive, write, edit, and proofread your work to a publishable standard.

Further study

Extend your study in Creative and Critical Writing in our postgraduate programs: 

Industry partners

You will work collaboratively with other emerging and established writers, editors, and publishers to produce online and print publications. You will also be exposed to industry opportunities such as internships and volunteer positions, writers’ panels and festivals, and other literary events.

This major will provide you with an understanding of the art of creative writing, as well as introduce you to the ideas, theories, and philosophies that inform professional writers and the writing industry. You will join a vibrant and active online and on-campus community that will connect you with local and national writing communities.

Career outcomes

  • You will be equipped for various roles across the creative arts and communications sectors, the corporate and community sectors, and as freelancers.
  • You can work as professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, or as editors and publishers, journalists, travel writers, script writers, reviewers, corporate writers, game writers, workshop facilitators/teachers, media workers, digital copywriters, and more.
  • In addition, the skills you gain—most notably your skills as an expert communicator—are highly sought after across a range of related careers in the arts, business, communications, law, education, and the media.

Entry requirements

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry, there are pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
2 x 8-unit majors 16
1 x 4-unit minor
or 4 x approved courses
4
Total 24

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
1 x 8-unit major 8
3 x 4-unit minors
or 2 x 4-unit minors plus 4 x approved courses
12
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Double degrees

You may like to study the Bachelor of Arts as part of a double degree to give you the flexibility tailor your degree to your ambition.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27440
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27440

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 009258A

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via online study. 

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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