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  • Objectives
    Deakin’s Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) offers study in a unique combination of literary and creative writing options, together with the possibility for cross-disciplinary explorations and access to the more practical and applied areas of journalism, media and communications and public relations. The course is delivered in both on and off-campus study modes, employing flexible, blended teaching and learning methodologies and offering you a broad range of options to design your own program to suit your interests. The course is designed to provide career enhancement for those who wish to be employed in the fields of children’s literature, literary studies and professional writing.
  • Entry requirements
    To be eligible for admission into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent: * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or * qualifications deemed to be equivalent
  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    *Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2009 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

    Career opportunities
    The Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) is designed to broaden the skills of those working as teachers, librarians and writers, as well as professionals working in associated fields such as publishing and promotion. The course is also suitable if you are seeking a qualification to refocus your career options.


    Course rules
    To qualify for the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

        * a minimum of 6 credit points to be taken from the following specialisations, including at least 4 credit points (including core units) from one specialisation:
              o Children's Literature
              o Literary Studies
              o Professional Writing
        * a further 6 credit points of electives selected from units offered in the specialisations and/or from units offered in the Master of Communication (A747)

    See the Master of Communication (A747) for available units.

     
    Note: Students who complete a specialisation of 4 credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.  


    Specialisations
    Children's Literature
    Literary Studies
    Professional Writing


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide


    Admission requirements - specific

    To be eligible for admission into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

     

        * a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
        * qualifications deemed to be equivalent

     
    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    Advanced standing - specific
    Applications for advanced standing will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

    The Graduate Certificates of Children's Literature, Literary Studies and Professional Writing along with The Graduate Diplomas of Children's Literature, Literary Studies and Professional Writing and the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) comprise a suite of fully articulated courses.  Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate will lead to admission into either the relevant Graduate Diploma or the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) with up to 4 credit points of advanced standing.  Successful completion of a Graduate Diploma will lead to admission into the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) with up to 8 credit points of advanced standing.  


    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


    Alternate exits
    Graduate Certificate of Children's Literature (A562)
    Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies (A535)
    Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing (A561)
    Graduate Diploma of Children's Literature (A641)
    Graduate Diploma of Journalism (A649)
    Graduate Diploma of Literary Studies (A635)
    Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (A661)
     

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