Follow your passion for writing.
If you have a flair for creative writing, surround yourself with mentors that are highly skilled and enthusiastic about the craft they live and breathe. USC’s Bachelor of Creative Writing is taught by award winning published authors, book illustrators and designers. Our lecturers and tutors are actively involved in the business of writing, giving you access to publishers, editors and the publishing industry.
You'll be introduced to a wide variety of creative writing styles and genres, including writing the novel, editing and epublishing, producing a literary journal, and advanced industry-focused courses where you will gain experience in the vibrant creative industries of publishing, editing, media, literary magazines and film and writing festivals.
The program offers a unique opportunity to specialise in writing for children and young adults, script writing, and adult fiction. Expand your career options with your choice of electives in journalism, English literature, teaching and design.
At the end of this degree you’ll have diverse skills and tools to inspire you to write books or work in the publishing industry. Continue to develop your writing skills at USC through our higher degree studies in Creative Writing.
Depending on courses selected, creative writing, advertising, editing, copywriting, professional writing, publishing, journalism, teaching (with further study).
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Graduate gains book deal with debut novel
A USC Creative Writing graduate has secured a publishing deal for an illustrated story about two war-torn lovers that she created as a university assignment.
22 November 2017
Oscar winner at USC children’s media symposium
Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan and renowned children’s author and USC Professor of Creative Writing Gary Crew will be among the drawcards for this Saturday’s sessions of the Children’s Media Symposium starting at USC Sunshine Coast on Friday (24 November).
2 November 2017
USC conference draws experts in Australian children’s media
A three-day Children’s Media Symposium at USC Sunshine Coast from 24-26 November is attracting some of Australia’s leading stars of popular children’s television, internet and books.
10 October 2017
Master graduates publish first anthology
The seeds of creative writing success have been sown in a new book published by USC’s first cohort of Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) graduates.
31 August 2016
USC student’s story filmed for major festival
A story written by a 19-year-old Gympie student during her University of the Sunshine Coast degree has become the narration for a short film shot at Mooloolaba Beach and due to be performed at a major regional arts festival on Monday 5 September.
26 May 2016
USC academics join creative presenters at Voices
Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-7 Leigh Hobbs, best known for book characters such as Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig, will launch this year’s Voices on the Coast youth literature festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
What will I study
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Introductory courses (5) 60 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
CMN103 Introduction to the Creative Industries
CMN104 Introduction to Media and Communication Industries
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
CMN117 Playing with Genre
Developing and Graduate courses (10) 132 units
CMN200 Introduction to Screenwriting: The Art of Visual Storytelling
CMN213 Editing for the Communications Professional
CMN246 Writing for Young Adults
CMN247 Creative Writing for the Illustrated Book
CMN260 Writing the Short Story
CMN266 Writing Poetry
CMN304 Writing Your Novel
CMN320 Creative Writing and Editing for e-Publication
CMN351 Professional Creative Writing Practice A: The Industry
CMN352 Professional Creative Writing Practice B: Industry Engagement (24 units)
Elective courses (8) 96 units
Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Planning your study page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
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International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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