Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing

RMIT University

Program Description

Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing

RMIT University

Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing

This practical, industry-focused program allows you to explore your creative potential while gaining the skills you need to work as a professional writer and/or editor.

This program is built around the need for writers and editors to be versatile and proficient across different writing forms in print and electronic media.

With an emphasis on your own practice, you will study the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction and the fundamentals of effective communication and editing. You will also work with text and image, using industry-standard software to develop advanced word processing and design skills for print and web-based products.

As your studies progress, you can specialise in a particular field of interest or continue working across a range of areas. From there, the focus will be on developing projects that reflect your interests and goals.

Program structure

Year 1

You will begin building your professional writing and editing skills. Through writing fiction and non-fiction you will explore story and structure, research and readership, and learn how to build a strong narrative. You will study copy editing and proofreading while looking at the use of language, grammar and punctuation.

Applying these skills, You will develop concepts for a range of projects and study the principles and practice of writing for different audiences. You will learn to use industry-standard software to manipulate text and images, and through your electives you will explore specialist writing areas.

Year 2

You will be offered a wide choice of writing electives and the opportunity to further develop your writing projects, learning how to polish and pitch them for publication. You will also have the option of working with others in editorial or production roles.

You will explore ways of creating content for digital media and can choose to complete an industry placement.

Attendance at a series of industry forums will increase your broader professional knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Selection tasks

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 286 KB 3p) along with your application.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel (either in person, or via phone/Skype).

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete 1 of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 550 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 79 with a minimum of 19 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade C
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 50 (no band less than 42).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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