Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)

University of Adelaide

Degree overview
The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time with a double major.
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You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with Humanities and Social Sciences as a Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do IBecome a Teacher before selecting your courses.
This degree is flexible and opens up a range of career possibilities. As a student studying the Creative Writing and Literature major you will explore historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays.

You will focus on:

developing analytical skills
developing creative writing skills
exploring how different oral and written texts impact the cultures of the world
You will:

demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the contexts and cultural influences of a wide range of literature and the theory and practice of creative writing.
be equipped to work independently and collaboratively to construct effective arguments and produce creative and critical texts across a wide range of genres and written media.
have a defined set of writing, editing and relevant analytical skills that can be used in a broad range of professional contexts.
You will also graduate with advanced writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA), you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach English in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation as Creative Writing and Literature.

What you’ll learn
What you Learn
This specialisation allows you to delve into the English language. You will study historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays. As you begin to create your own great classics, you will also learn how different oral and written texts have impacted cultures around the world. Under the guidance of highly experienced academics you will:

develop analytical skills
develop creative writing skills
explore how different oral and written texts have impacted on the cultures of the world
This degree allows you to select two majors, so you graduate with broad knowledge in two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from:

Applied Linguistics
Cultural Studies
English Language*
History and Global Politics
Languages (French/Italian/Japanese)
Law, Politics and Policy
Performing Arts
Screen Studies
Social Media
You will also complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors, and two electives.

At a Glance

Course level Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 097508C
Institution Name University of Adelaide
Campus Location Magill
Institution Type University
Course Duration 3 year(s) full-time
Course University University of Adelaide

About University of Adelaide

By every measure, the University of Adelaide—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities—stands tall among the world’s leading institutions of learning and innovation.The clearest indication of this is our consistently high rating by the most respected international assessment bodies: QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Jiao Tong’s Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). All consider us one of the top 1% of universities worldwide, and the top university in our state.


We’re equally proud of the fact that the vast majority of our research is rated ‘above or well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research Australia program.We count among our distinguished alumni: five Nobel Laureates; over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous recipient; and Australia’s first female prime minister and Supreme Court judge. Many of our staff and teachers are internationally recognised leaders in their fields. And we attract a diverse student body of over 27,000 from more than 90 countries.


  • History
    143 years ago the University of Adelaide was founded with a noble goal: to prepare, for South Australia, young leaders shaped by education rather than birth or wealth in a settlement free of old world social and religious inequalities.The University’s first Vice-Chancellor, Dr Augustus Short, had a vision for a university open to investigate new fields such as the sciences, modern literature, art and moral philosophy; This vision was realised in 1882 when the University became the first in Australia to grant degrees in science.The spirit of enquiry was further embraced and the freedom to explore non classical subjects continued. Before reaching the 1900s the University offered degrees in arts, science, law, medicine and music. Additionally mathematics, philosophy, languages and mining engineering were taught. These flagship degrees and disciplines continue at the University today, with the curriculum evolving over time through input from industry, and the pioneering research and discovery for which Adelaide’s academics are known.
  • Governance
    Governance refers to the framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which an enterprise is directed, controlled and held to account and whereby authority within an organisation is exercised and maintained. It encompasses authority, accountability, stewardship and leadership, and direction and control exercised in any organisation.The University is governed by its Council which is established by The University of Adelaide Act 1971. The Council has 16 members, is chaired by the Chancellor, and advised by its Standing Committees. The Council consists of external members, staff, students and graduates.
  • Partnerships
    Partnerships that bring together government and businesses, communities, research partners and international boundaries, help to magnify the work of our university.Our broad range of relationships allow us to participate in opportunities impacting communities closest to us and abroad.At the University of Adelaide we look to identify how we can create new partnerships, and develop current ones.We recognise the impact that partnerships have on our development as a leading research institution and in turn, the impact our support can have on communities and organisations.
  • Campuses
    The University has four campuses in South Australia at North Terrace, Waite, Roseworthy and Thebarton.We also offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

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