Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: MArtsLitCrWr
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1831
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 092783B

This program applies to students who commenced in 2019 or later. 

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

Commencement Year 2017 and 2018 - 1831.2 Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing

The Writing and Society Research Centre offers a challenging, rigorous degree combining criticism and creativity leading to a Master of Arts in Literature and Creative Writing. The Master of Arts (MA) takes advantage of the unique strengths of the Centre which includes internationally renowned literary scholars, novelists, poets and translators, an important literary publishing house (Giramondo), the preeminent literary review in Australia (the Sydney Review of Books), and access to the vibrant literary culture currently emerging from Western Sydney and gaining national attention. The MA links theory and practice, and students can either concentrate on critical or creative work, or work with both forms.

For students wishing to continue to a PhD, the MA articulates with a research pathway degree in the second year.

◾ Director of Academic Program - Dr Di Dickenson

Study Mode

One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Kate Fagan
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

Admission

A Bachelor degree in humanities, social sciences, society and culture or creative arts. Providing a 500 word writing sample (an essay or creative work) to be assessed by Writing and Society staff.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time Start Year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
CART 7001 Applied Methods in Literary Studies and Creative Writing 20
 Credit Points30
Quarter 2 session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing after the successful completion of 40 credit points of study. 1  
 Credit Points10
Spring session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
CART 7002 Applied Practice in Literary Studies and Creative Writing 20
 Credit Points30
Quarter 4 session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. 2  
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
Select one of the following: 40
Optional Entry Point to the Masters of Research 3
 
Masters Project  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Full-time Mid Year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
CART 7002 Applied Practice in Literary Studies and Creative Writing 20
 Credit Points30
Quarter 4 session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Literature and Creative Writing after the successful completion of 40 credit points of study. 1  
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
CART 7001 Applied Methods in Literary Studies and Creative Writing 20
 Credit Points30
Quarter 2 session
Select one subject from the pool subjects below 10
Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study. 2  
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Spring session
Select one of the following: 40
Optional Entry Point to the Masters of Research 3
 
Masters Project  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Pool Subjects

Four of the five pool subjects will be offered each year on a rotating basis.

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 7014Gender and Genre10
LANG 7027Literary Theory10
CART 7020Writing and Form10
CART 7021Writing and Ideas10
CART 7018Writing Practice and Tradition10
CART 7019Writing Process10
CART 7022Writing, Sounds, Images, Texts10

The timeline for part-time students over four years will involve all coursework subjects listed above to be completed prior to the commencement of the Masters Project. In normal circumstances the coursework subjects will be completed by the end of the second year of a part time degree, although this can be determined on a case-by-case basis.