Master of Creative Writing and Communication

Postgraduate Course
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About This Course

The Master of Creative Writing and Communication (MCWC) is designed to equip established and aspiring communication professionals with a critically nuanced, technically robust understanding of their creative call and the practicalities of writing, editing and publishing in today’s rapidly changing media environment. With a strong focus on the practicalities of editing and publishing in the 21st century, the course enables graduates to better understand their creative call and so engage effectively with contemporary society in their personal approach to storytelling.

Students in the MCWC undertake a range of Creative Communication Core subjects designed to foster excellence in critical thinking, cultural and self-knowledge, and creative communication skills needed for professional excellence and/or further learning. Acknowledging the broad array of contexts within which creative writers and communication professionals are called to serve, the course offers the flexibility to study a range of specific writing forms, genres and media types, while culminating in a capstone Major Creative Project (undertaken over 2 consecutive semesters) allowing students to develop a major creative work to further their professional writing and communication careers.

Professional Outcomes

Upon completion of the MCWC graduates will be able to:

  1. Investigate the nature and value of creative excellence in social, psychological and theological perspective in order to explain, defend and enhance their own creative practice
  2. Articulate an intellectually and spiritually informed understanding of their creative call and devise and apply related strategies to help them survive and thrive as a creative person
  3. Employ critical reading, research, writing and technical communication skills to enhance their ongoing creative practice and communicate complex ideas and research findings to a variety of audiences
  4. Investigate and describe how communication media have, historically, shaped human thought and culture, and explain the implications of this for their own creative practice
  5. Evaluate and discuss classic and contemporary literature, as well as new media texts, in order to articulate a principled and critically informed understanding of creative excellence
  6. Work both collaboratively and individually to generate and evaluate a range of scholarly and creative communication projects
  7. Plan and produce original creative compositions, including a substantial research-based creative artefact, that demonstrate mastery of the craft of writing across a range of genres, forms and media types
  8. Investigate and identify trends in publishing and communication markets in order to devise and apply strategies for promoting themselves and their work in today’s rapidly changing media environment

Course Structure

Students in the MCWC undertake a range of Core and elective units totalling 96cpts. The distribution of units is as follows:

Compulsory Creative Communication Core units:

4 x Creative Communication Core Subjects:

  • Storytelling and Communication Foundations
  • Surviving Creativity
  • Media, Culture and Meaning
  • Effective Creativity: Writer as Product

Plus 4 x Creative Writing and Communication elective units, selected from:

  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing Poetry
  • Writing for Children
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A or B
  • Writing for Performance and Screens
  • Communication for Online and Digital Media
  • Literature and Christian Faith
  • Creative Writing Special Elective

Plus the following Masters capstone units:

  • Writer as Researcher (12cpts)
  • Major Creative Project (24cpts)
  • Professional Portfolio (12cpts)


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Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.

Adelaide – Millswood SA

Offered fully online

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

How much does it cost?

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

What do I need for entry?


Direct admission to the Master of Creative Writing and Communication is contingent upon the following:

Completion of an undergraduate (AQF Level 7) award with a GPA of at least 6 in the subjects that make up a Creative Writing major or a major within a closely allied field (e.g. journalism, media, communication).


Completion of a postgraduate (AQF Level 8) award in a relevant discipline with a GPA of at least 5.3. Eligible applicants in this instance may receive up to 48cpts Advance Standing, depending upon alignment of the completed award with the MCWC graduate outcomes.

Admission to the MCWC may also be granted on the basis of demonstrated significant academic and/or professional experience in Creative Writing or the communication professions. On this basis, applicants may be asked to provide detailed evidence including a personal CV and a 20 page professional writing portfolio, to be assessed by the Program Coordinator in view of the GCCWC graduate outcomes. Please contact the Head of Program for further information.

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Tabor: HU814A
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Postgraduate Course

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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