2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Creative Writing Major for Bachelor of Creative Arts| 2020

UAC Code: 754601 

This major is available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts. 

Creative writers shape local, national and global cultures. A major in Creative Writing in the BCA offers both a practical and theoretical understanding of writing practice to enable students to make a difference in the world. The major focuses on the following key skills:

  • Understanding the value and mechanics of effective writing
  • Developing ethical writing practices
  • Generating the necessary skills for a resilient, professional practice
  • Fostering collaboration, collegiality, and community engagement

The first year provides a foundation in Creative Writing covering a range of forms as well as editing and textual analysis skills. The second year extends students’ skills in prose, poetry and scriptwriting and contextualises these within a theoretical and ethical framework. The final year culminates in a major project that allows students to develop a significant piece of creative work.

Class activities are based around a combination of lectures, intensive workshops, writing exercises, group discussions and individual student presentations. There is a particular focus on the writing workshop: students develop their work, and the work of their peers, through collaborative editorial discussions.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Subjects Required for Major Study

Students studying the BCA: Creative Writing Major will complete the core subjects for the BCA, and at least 72 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
CACW101Writing Foundation: Prose and Non-fiction6
CACW103Editing Foundation6
CACW104Text and Context6
CACW105Writing Foundation: Poetry6
CACW106Writing Foundation: Script6
CACW201Poetry Studio6
CACW202Script Studio6
CACW203Prose Studio6
CACW231Writing, Representation and Power6
CACW304Critical/ Creative Writing6
CACW390Creative Writing Major Project12

Students are also encouraged to take the following Creative Writing elective subjects to extend their writing skills:

CACW210 Editing Studio
CAOS201 Social Intersections
CACW301 Writing Across Borders
CACW303 Genre and Form
CACW310 Writing Our Future

Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject. 

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in Creative Writing is available. 

Note that students cannot complete both a Major and a Minor in Creative Writing.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor. 

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Bachelor of Creative Arts uses as its foundation the principles of ‘embedded’ work-integrated learning: throughout their studies, students participate in a series of simulated workplaces in their chosen major. In the Creative Writing major, students take part in intensive writing workshops, which prepare students for professional editorial practices. Students also learn the processes and policies involved in contemporary publishing industries. Students are given opportunities to present their work in public contexts and to articulate their identity as a professional writer.

Through these experiences, students apply their skills to a real-world context, and gain an understanding of the professional practice and industry standards.


On completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts, high achieving students may apply to undertake an additional Honours year.
Students considering Honours in Creative Arts are encouraged to enrol in CACS331 Contemporary Theory and Research Practice in their final year of their BCA.

See Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

Other Information

Further information is available via email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020