Yarra Bend Press

Bachelor of Writing and Publishing


If you want a career in the creative industries, or simply love to write and want to improve as a writer, Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Writing and Publishing is for you.

The course is intended for people who already have abilities in these areas but want to develop them further. Employment possibilities include: professional writing, editing, design, and many other publishing positions, print or web-based. There is also an industry placement component.

This course is unique in Australia as it is the only undergraduate degree in writing AND publishing – offering twelve core publishing specific subjects including editing, prepress, web and digital publishing, magazine production, book design and typography.

Gain skills and knowledge in:

  • advanced fiction and non-fiction writing
  • book and magazine production
  • project management
  • advanced editing and proofreading
  • an understanding of the publishing industry
  • critical analysis of texts

Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Writing and Publishing develops creative, practical and critical skills for graduates who want to pursue a career in writing and publishing. The bachelor degree offers three years of specialised study in two strands: Writing and Publishing.

In the Writing and Reading strand, students explore a range of fiction and non-fiction genres, read a wide range of texts, examine the creation and interpretation of texts and undertake commissioned writing projects and industry based work experience. The strand teaches creative skills in composition, methodologies and work practices to become proficient writers in both fiction and non-fiction.

In the Publishing strand students participate in aspects of book and magazine publishing including: commissioning, structural and close editing, writing cover briefs, writing design briefs, liaising with authors, costing and managing projects, and planning and working to deadlines. Students learn grammar, editing, production, design and project management skills. A course component is the management of a series of publishing projects in NMIT’s publishing studio Yarra Bend Press.

Facilities include:

  • Melbourne Polytechnic's in-house publishing studio Yarra Bend Press produces a range of student led projects including literary magazines, books and digital media
  • Melbourne Polytechnic has an expansive library network and houses the Doris Leadbetter Collection which contains more than 1,300 course related titles

To view our complete three year bachelor degree subject outline list click here.

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