Southern Cross University

Associate Degree in Creative Writing

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 01241G

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.


16 units equivalent


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

Standard entry requirements

Recommended: any 2 units of English. SCU accepts a variety of entry pathways: Year 12, TAFE and VET Awards (Certificate III and above), Undergraduate and Postgraduate study, work experience (minimum of 1 year full-time), Special Tertiary Admissions Test and Bridging and Preparation Programs

Study pathways

Graduates may choose to study a further 8 units to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online campus
  • ATAR: 55
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Typical career paths include as a writer of novels and scripts; a food, nature, art and travel writer; a feature journalist; a critic and reviewer; an essayist or poet; an editor and publisher; a writer for marketing and public relations, the public service and arts-related industries.

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