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. Acknowledging the broad array of contexts within which writers and communication professionals are called to serve, the course offers the flexibility to study a range of writing forms, genres and media types, culminating in a capstone Major Creative Project (undertaken over 2 consecutive semesters) in which students develop a major creative work to further their professional writing and communication careers.
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. Students in the MCWC undertake a range of Creative Communication Core units designed to foster excellence in critical thinking, cultural and self-knowledge, and creative communication skills needed for professional excellence and/or further learning.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the MCWC graduates will be able to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of professional creative writing and communication contexts:
- Evaluate the nature and value of creative excellence in social, psychological and theological perspective in order to enhance and explain their own creative practice
- 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
- 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
- Critically evaluate how communication media have, historically, shaped human thought and culture, and explain the implications of this for their own creative practice
- Evaluate the cultural and aesthetic value of classic and contemporary literature, as well as new media texts, in order to communicate and defend a principled understanding of creative excellence
- Work both collaboratively and individually to generate and evaluate a range of scholarly and creative communication projects
- Produce extended works of creative writing, including a substantial research-based creative artefact demonstrating mastery of the craft of writing within a particular form or genre
- Critique trends in publishing and communication markets in order to strategically promote themselves and their work in today’s rapidly changing media environment
Graduate Certificate of Creative Writing and Communication
The Graduate Certificate of Creative Writing and Communication (GCCWC) is designed to equip new and developing writers with the knowledge and skills needed to discern and pursue their creative call across a range of communication professions. Specifically intended for those with little or no prior qualification in the field, the GCCWC offers the flexibility to study a range of specific writing forms and genres, allowing students to build a portfolio of creative work as a basis for further study and/or professional endeavours.
Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Communication
The Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing and Communication (GDCWC) is designed to equip developing writers and communication professionals with the critical, reflective and technical skills needed to more fully discern and pursue their creative call. Blending theory and practice with industry insight, the course prepares graduates for the practicalities of writing, publishing and effective communication in today’s rapidly changing media environment. The course also includes an emphasis on creative writing and communication in light of Tabor’s underpinning Christian ethos.
- HSW112.8 Writing Prose Fiction
- HSW130.8 Writing Poetry
- HSW140.8 Writing for Children
- HSW113.8 Writing Creative Nonfiction
- HSW160.8 Reading and Writing Genre Fiction A or B
- HSW150.8 Writing for Performance and Screens
- HSW114.8 Communication for Online and Digital Media
- HSW180.8 Literature and Christian Faith
- HSW191.8 Creative Writing Special Elective
How long does it take?
2 years (24 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.
What do I need for entry?
Completion of an undergraduate award (e.g. BA) with a major in Creative Writing or a closely allied field (e.g. journalism, media, communication)
Completion of a postgraduate award (e.g. Grad Dip) in Creative Writing or a closely allied field (e.g. journalism, media, communication)
Demonstrated significant and relevant professional experience, as per Tabor’s Professional Experience Admissions Policy. Successful applicants will therefore already possess foundational cognitive, critical thinking, organisational and communication skills needed for academic success at postgraduate level.
When can I start?
Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July
Students who do not meet the requirements for progression to the AQF level 9 stage of the award may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing & Communication (unit to fulfilment of the requirements for that award)
Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing and Communication after 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.
Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Communication after 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
SATAC: Not applicable
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