University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Diploma of Creative Writing

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing is part of an articulated program designed to meet a range of needs for people who want to start a career in writing and for experienced writers wanting to further develop their theoretical knowledge and skills. Students develop: both general and specific skills in writing across a range of genres, studying one genre in depth or exploring the potential of a range of genres and media; an ability to develop and critically revise their own work; an understanding of the relationships of writing practice and publication across a range of contemporary cultural forms; a critical knowledge of cultural and aesthetic debates; and an ability to think creatively and critically about, and contribute to, developments in cultural industries.

Designed for

Graduates who want to develop skills in writing within a context of intellectual critique


The course totals 48 credit points, consisting of three core subjects and three electives. Students may select subjects beyond the list of elective subjects with the approval of the graduate adviser. Not all subjects are available each session. Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.


  • Narrative writing
  • Theory and creative writing
  • Creative non-fiction

Standard entry requirements

  • UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate in any field of study (or overseas equivalent) must provide: a personal statement (approximately 500 words) explaining why they wish to study the course
  • A CV which should include details of paid and voluntary work or other experiences that could be relevant to the course. If applicants do not submit these documents, their application may not be considered. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184.

Study pathways

Students who successfully completed either of the graduate certificates in the articulated program are eligible for credit recognition for completed subjects. This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting, the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing, the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing and the Master of Arts in Creative Writing. To be eligible to articulate into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing, students must complete at least two postgraduate writing subjects with a distinction grade or higher.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $35,616 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 1.5 years

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