Associate Degree in Creative Writing

Southern Cross University

If you have a way with words, a passion for writing or a story to tell, this degree will help build your confidence and provide professional feedback to assist in becoming published. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of words and become confident and skilled creative writers. The Associate Degree of Creative Writing provides students with a broad range of skills spanning several writing genres. It enables students to focus on the practice and theory of writing, along with developing the attributes and skills needed for a professional career in writing. The course offers a rich mix of creative writing and literary studies across a range of writing modes in fiction and nonfiction, including experimental writing, journalism, life writing, poetry, writing for stage and screen, and writing for young adults. After completion of the Associate degree, students may choose to apply to study a further eight units to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree. The University is the education partner of the Byron Writers' Festival and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), and supports the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Lismore
Institution CRICOS: 01241G (NSW); 02621K (WA); 03135E (QLD); 02629B (VIC)


  • Experimental writing
  • Journalism
  • Life writing
  • Poetry
  • Writing for stage and screen
  • Writing for young adults

Southern Cross University is ranked in the Top 150 Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education and is the number one university in Australia for international student support (2018 International Student Barometer).

Our student satisfaction, teaching and skills development ranking is higher than the Australian national average (2018 Course Experience Questionnaire by Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) and we work actively to sustain the high-level student experience and support that we are known for. Our exclusive career readiness and internship program is designed to provide our students with immersive industry experiences that will see them gain a competitive edge in the global job market. We help students achieve academic excellence through our merit-based scholarship opportunities.

For us, every student matters so we continuously find ways to innovate and provide our students with the best opportunities possible — in class and in the real world!

SCU highlights

  • In the top 150 Young Universities ranking in 2019 by Times Higher Education
  • Ranked first in Australia for International Student Support (2018 international Student Barometer)
  • Rated five stars for student support, teaching quality and social equity (The 2019 Good Universities Guide)
  • Our graduates’ median salary is higher than the national average
  • Unique trimester model for more work-life balance
  • Ongoing merit-based scholarships available for all students



Sydney, Melbourne and Perth branch campuses

Southern Cross University branch campuses are located in three of Australia’s best student cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The branch campuses are strategically located within the city centres, providing easy access to public transport. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs in business, accounting and information technology are delivered in a non-traditional approach.


Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast campuses

Southern Cross University campuses in Coffs Harbour and Lismore are set in 30 acres and 75 hectares of sprawling, lush sub-tropical grounds with state-of-the-art facilities that include the Learning Centre in Lismore and the Innovation Hub in Coffs Harbour. Southern Cross University’s third campus is located just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach in the Gold Coast, adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.


EduCo conducts academic courses on behalf of Southern Cross University in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

We are number one in Australia for international student support (2018 International Student Barometer).

Our personalised international student support services on campus help students adjust and integrate positively to the Australian university life. We have dedicated multicultural support teams comprised of Student Welfare and Career Counsellors, Student Engagement Officers and Learning Advisors who are available to assist students with making their time at Southern Cross University truly meaningful and equitable.

Our unique career readiness and internship program provides students with professional trainings and immersive industry experiences that will help students gain a competitive edge in the Australian and global job market. Delivered by our industry partner, our goal is to equip our students with the skills and capabilities that will help them prepare for the global workplace and the micro-credentials to improve their employability upon graduation.

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