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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing

  • Associate Degree

This practical, industry-focused program will nurture your creative potential while building the skills, expertise and versatility you need to become a professional writer and/or editor.

Key details

Degree Type
Associate Degree
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
AD016, 074927G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Fees
$6,566 per year / $13,132 total
International Fees
$28,800 per year / $57,600 total

About this course

This practical, industry-focused program will nurture your creative potential while building the skills, expertise and versatility you need to become a professional writer and/or editor.

During your studies you'll work alongside fellow students passionate about reading and writing. You'll also learn from teachers and mentors who are leading practitioners in their fields. Whatever your goal - write a novel, start an online magazine, work as a freelance editor - we'll support and inspire you.

You’ll start by gaining a broad base of skills in fiction, creative nonfiction, professional communication, digital content, grammar and editing. Then you’ll specialise in your preferred areas, with a focus on building a writing portfolio, developing practical projects, and engaging with industry and with readers.

Other opportunities include completing an industry placement, producing the annual Visible Ink anthology, collaborating with creative partners outside the program, and building your professional networks by organising and participating in literary events.

The Professional Writing and Editing program has had a long and proud tradition of producing writers and editors for the publishing and communications industries. Our graduates have become successful authors, publishing books, articles, poetry and stories, and winning major awards and fellowships. Others gain entry-level positions in a competitive industry, and start their own business and entrepreneurial projects. This course also has pathways into higher education courses.

Entry requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study

Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).

Applicants with Higher Education study

Satisfactory completion of at least two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary certificate of education (Year 12) or overseas equivalent.

Prerequisites: VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL (or equivalent) or achieve an overall score of at least 150 in the STAT multiple choice.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Communications courses at RMIT University.
78.5%
Overall satisfaction
79.9%
Skill scale
71.8%
Teaching scale
66.8%
Employed full-time
$50k
Average salary