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Undergraduate

Diploma of Creative and Indigenous Writing

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
Batchelor
146051
External Studies
116101
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YCIW01

Award
Diploma of Creative and Indigenous Writing
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Sector
HE
Area of study
Literacy, Language and Media

Do you use writing to express yourself creatively? Want to strengthen your skills and learn something new without committing to an undergraduate degree? The Diploma of Creative and Indigenous Writing is for you.

You will develop your writing style in a variety of genres, and strengthen your knowledge of Indigenous expressive culture through an understanding of Indigenous and non-Indigenous writing traditions.

This course introduces you to creative literature in key areas such as short story writing, poetry, writing for stage and short film, and personal narratives.

You will focus on how Indigenous peoples in Australia and elsewhere use these genres as tools to share stories about their history, and the impacts the modern world have on culture in a dominant non-Indigenous society.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Domestic applications

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in creative industries including arts, media, communication and performing arts, education and academia.

  • For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • This course may be deferred up to 1 year.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    Campus notes

    Batchelor:This course is available to Indigenous students by mixed mode delivery through the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) in Batchelor.

    AFB: This is an ABSTUDY approved course that may attract Away From Base (AFB) funding and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
    For further information and/or eligibility please visit cdu.edu/afb.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

Students are required to complete 80 credit points of study including 2 common units, 4 core units and 2 electives where they get the opportunity to focus on particular genres or media of interest.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
Plus either:
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability (new title from 2016) OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

 

Core Units
(4 units)
40cp
Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

CIW100 Foundations of Creative Writing
CIW210 Short Story Writing (replaces CIW110 from 2016)
CIW260 Critical Indigenous Writing (replaces CIW160 from 2016)
CIW270 Writing Project (replaces CIW170 from 2016)
 

Specialist Elective
(2 units)
20cp
Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

CIW220 Personal Narratives (replaces CIW120 from 2016)
CIW230 Writing Poetry (replaces CIW130 from 2016)
CIW240 Writing for Stage (replaces CIW140 from 2016)
CIW250 Writing for Short Film (replaces CIW150 from 2016)
CIW270 Writing Project x 2 (repeatable)
 

 
80cp
Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who have completed CIW110 should not complete CIW210.
Students who have completed CIW120 should not complete CIW220.
Students who have completed CIW130 should not complete CIW230.
Students who have completed CIW140 should not complete CIW240.
Students who have completed CIW150 should not complete CIW250.
Students who have completed CIW160 should not complete CIW260.
Students who have completed CIW170 should not complete CIW270.

Students whose course structure requires completion of any of the above 100 level units can complete the replacement 200 level units.

Unit Title Changes

Unit Code Previous Title New Title (2016)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Unit Code Changes

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
CIW110 CIW210 Short Story Writing
CIW120 CIW220 Personal Narratives
CIW130 CIW230 Writing Poetry
CIW140 CIW240 Writing for Stage
CIW150 CIW250 Writing for Short Film
CIW160 CIW260 Critical Indigenous Writing
CIW170 CIW270 Writing Project

Discontinued Units from 2016: 
 

Unit Code Unit Title
CIW110 Short Story Writing
CIW120 Personal Narratives
CIW130 Writing Poetry
CIW140 Writing for Stage
CIW150 Writing for Short Film
CIW160 Critical Indigenous Writing
CIW170 Writing Project

 

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Enhancing Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
CIW100 Foundations of Creative Writing CO CIW260 Critical Indigenous Writing CO
CIW210 Short Story Writing CO CIW270 Writing Project CO
Specialist elective SE Specialist elective SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    CIW260 Critical Indigenous Writing CO
    CIW270 Writing Project CO
    Specialist elective SE
Year 2
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Enhancing Sustainability OR
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CU    
CIW100 Foundations of Creative Writing CO    
CIW210 Short Story Writing CO    
Specialist elective SE    

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