Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing)

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Program summary

A hands-on, intensive development program to refine your craft.

Whether you are writing a novel, memoir or other piece of writing to a publishable standard, this program will offer you insights into the publishing industry and provide valuable tools to ensure you achieve your goals. Through hands-on, intensive craft and writing workshops, students learn skills in editing, writing and creative practice.

With a smaller, more personalised experience, set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, USC is the ideal location to reach your potential as an author. You will benefit from a craft refresher course in the first semester and our collaborative learning model will see you working within a close community of writers.

This program provides creative writing students with an alternative postgraduate degree to a research/academic oriented path and can be completed in one year (three trimesters), with the option of online studies.

Career opportunities

Career options include publishing, advertising, creative writing (author), freelance writing and editing, journalism, media research, scriptwriting, teaching, and editing in community organisations or government departments.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission candidates are required to possess an undergraduate degree, in Creative Writing or related Creative Industries.

Admission to the program is also based on a portfolio of creative writing, assessment of the candidate’s degree transcript.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Program Structure
Required courses (5) (144 units)

CMN701 Creative Praxis
CMN702 Writing Seminar
CMN703 Reading as a Writer
CMN704 Advanced Writing Seminar
CMN705 Creative Writing Project #

# Note: Students that are completing the project course CMN705 part-time over two trimesters will need to enrol in CMN705A in Trimester 3 and CMN705F in Trimester 1

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

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Total units: 144

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 144 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Online study mode not available to international students on a Student Visa

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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