International Institute of Modern Letters

How to Apply

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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The information below is specific to our creative writing courses and programmes. For general information and advice about undergraduate study within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, please see their Undergraduate page. For enrolment advice, contact Victoria University Admissions and Enrolment

International students should apply for admission through Victoria International.

Undergraduate Applicants

Please note: Victoria University has a single enrolment period for all courses. However, currently-enrolled students can submit a writing sample and support statement for second and third trimester creative writing (CREW) courses directly to the IIML by the relevant application deadlines below.

There is an exception to the single enrolment period for CREW applicants who are NOT undertaking an undergraduate degree.

All applications for our limited entry CREW courses go through a selection process, with applicants notified of the outcome by the dates listed under Application and Notification Deadlines. We recommend that prospective applicants first visit our Undergraduate Courses page for more information.

Currently enrolled at Victoria?

If you enrolled in a CREW course but have not yet submitted your writing sample and support statement:

  • Download the 'Undergraduate Application form for enrolled students' below, or contact us to have a copy sent to you.
  • Submit the completed form with your writing sample and support statement directly to the IIML (not to Victoria Enrolments) by post or in person, or by email using the Word version of the form below.
  • You also need to complete an Add/Drop form - see your Faculty office for advice. Limited entry courses cannot be added via the online Add/Drop function in My Victoria.

Not currently enrolled at Victoria?

If you are not undertaking an undergraduate degree:

  • Enrol in one or more CREW courses and upload your writing sample and support statement for each course via Victoria's Online Enrolment System (OES) by the relevant application deadline below. You will not incur a late fee if you apply and enrol by these deadlines.
  • Available CREW workshops and application deadlines are listed in the OED under Limited Entry Programmes and Courses.
  • Select 'UG Cert of Proficiency' from the options under Programme at Question 2.

 If you have any other questions about the application process or if you have difficulty enrolling online please contact us. You can also download this advice in the 'Guide to Applying for Undergraduate CREW Courses' below.

Document File size File type
pdf Guide to Applying for undergraduate CREW courses  164 KB PDF
pdf Undergraduate application form for enrolled students only  219 KB  PDF
word icon Undergraduate application form (editable version) for enrolled students only 157 KB Word

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MA Applicants

Prospective MA in Creative Writing (CREW) applicants should first visit our Postgraduate - MA and Common Questions pages for a detailed overview of the programme, entry requirements, answers to common questions and more.

MA CREW applicants must enrol at Victoria and submit their application material by the application deadline. You can do this online or on paper. All applications for this limited entry course will then go through a selection process, with applicants notified of the outcome before Christmas.

Applications for the Scriptwriting stream may include video material, but not as a replacement for your writing sample. If you wish to apply for both streams, you must submit two separate applications.

For detailed advice on the MA application and enrolment process, including full submission requirements and deadlines, you can download an MA CREW application and enrolment guide (see below), or contact us to have one sent to you. You are also welcome to contact us if you have questions about the application process or difficulty enrolling online.

Document File size File type
pdf MA CREW application and enrolment guide 153 KB PDF

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PhD Applicants

Prospective applicants to the PhD Creative Writing (CREW) programme should first visit our Postgraduate – PhD page for more information about the programme and application process, prerequisites and answers to common questions.

Please note that acceptance to a PhD programme does not guarantee the offer of a Doctoral Scholarship.

Enquiries about the PhD CREW programme can be made to the IIML at any time. However, there is a single application deadline of 1 July each year, and all applications are considered together after this date.

Applications for PhD admission and for Victoria Doctoral Scholarships should be lodged online. Visit the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR)'s How to Apply page for a step-by-step guide to the process, including a Guide to Application, downloadable admission documents and a link to the online application form. If you cannot apply online, contact the FGR to request a paper application form.

As well as the general PhD admission material, CREW applicants need to submit a 10 to 20 page creative writing sample. There are also some specific things that you must address when completing the Expression of Research Interests form as part of your application. There is detailed advice in the Programme-Specific Application Guide below. Please read this document carefully and refer to it when completing your application. If you cannot download the Guide, contact the IIML and we will email or post it to you.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome by mid-August, with a provisional enrolment date of 1 March in the following year for those accepted to the programme.

Document File size File type
pdf PhD CREW Programme-Specific Application Guide 2015 244 KB PDF

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Application and Notification Deadlines

Undergraduate Deadlines for 2014

Please note: If you are applying for one or more CREW courses but are not undertaking an undergraduate degree, you may apply and enrol by the deadlines below without incurring a late fee.

10 December for workshops taught in the first trimester (Mar-Jun)
Notification by end December.

21 June for workshops taught in the second trimester (Jul-Oct)
Notification by end June.

1 November for workshops taught in the summer trimester (Nov-Feb)
Notification by early-mid November, depending on the workshop start date.

MA Application Deadline

1 November each year for the programme taught between March and November the following year. You will be notified of the outcome before Christmas.

PhD Application Deadline

1 July each year for the PhD programme beginning in late Feb/early March the following year. (Although there are three annual deadlines for general PhD applications submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Research, the IIML considers PhD applications only once each year.)

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