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Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Be bold and brilliant - Write the next chapter of your career by completing Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. Develop your writing skills and publish your work.

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Hone your writing ability and get published

If you love to write and want to improve as a writer, or you already have writing skills and want to develop them further, this Diploma is the course for you.

Enrolling in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing will sharpen your skills in professional writing, editing, design for print or web-based publishing. You will develop these skills within a course designed for emerging writers and editors.

Original and compelling content has never been more in-demand. You’ll also be qualified to work within related industries such as marketing, advertising and the press where you can freelance or work in a professional role.

Industry connections and resources

Taught and mentored by our experienced teachers (who are published writers in their own right).

Edwina Preston whose first novel The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer had rave reviews. She also wrote a biography of Howard Arkley, Not Just a Suburban Boy.

Ruth Learner is a writer and editor with over 20 years professional experience. She works as freelance editor for educational and trade publishers and her 2008 novel, Apartment C was published in the UK.

Alex Senior is completing a creative writing PhD at The University of Melbourne. He teaches Desktop design in this course.

Carole Littler is a long-time teacher of writing and lover of books, with a special interest in Myths and Symbolism, Popular Genre Fiction and Writing for Children. She has nurtured the Professional Writing and Editing programme at Melbourne Polytechnic for the last 8 years and was a founding teacher in the course when it commenced in Greensborough in 2001.

During the course you will have the opportunity to edit, design and lay out the twice-yearly course publication, Infusion. You will also read your writings at one of our four Student Readings.

Course outcomes

You might find yourself working as a content writer, copywriter, novelist, journalist, editor or other similar role. You might like to extend your skills further with our Bachelor of Professional Writing and Editing degree.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written exercises, research reports, tests, oral presentations, projects, articles, stories, novel, role plays, interviews, field visits, contribution to classroom discussion, demonstrations and collections of information.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

22091VIC

VTAC Code

Prahran 6900868194

Campuses

PRAHRAN

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Part-time: available
course duration may vary depending on student requirements.

Class Schedule: *

Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$8500
Ineligible:$12650

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

written exercises, research reports, tests, oral presentations, projects, articles, stories, novel, role plays, interviews, field visits, contribution to classroom discussion, demonstrations, collections of information.

Materials

You will be advised about writing and other materials.

Entrance Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing or equivalent
  • Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic (Visual Arts)
  • Submit completed Application form with writing folio
  • Attend an Information Night

Pathways to further study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Professional Writing and Editing.

Career Pathways

You can study for a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing if you wish to improve your writing and editing skills for employment, freelance work or further study.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

22091VIC

CRICOS Code

076457E

Campuses

PRAHRAN

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in Writing and no individual band below 6.0, Pearson PTE Academic 58 overall with no individual communicative skill below 50, or recognised equivalency
Applicants achieving a lower score but who are able to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency through the submission of a writing folio may still be accepted.
Other: Demonstrated interest in writing and editing. If you don’t meet the academic requirement OR are seeking direct entry, you must present a folio of writing (see details).

Assessment Methods

written exercises, research reports, tests, oral presentations, projects, articles, stories, novel, role plays, interviews, field visits, contribution to classroom discussion, demonstrations, collections of information.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6200
  • Tuition fees per year: $12400
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Pathways to further study

On successful completion of the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing you will be able to articulate into Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Professional Writing and Editing.

Career Pathways

You can study for a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing if you wish to improve your writing and editing skills for employment, freelance work or further study.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process 40
BSBEBU401 Review and maintain a website 50
BSBITU309 Produce desktop published documents 50
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work 60
CUAIND201 Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge 20
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services 30
CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 60
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice 70
CUAWRT402 Write extended stories 40
VU20276 WRITE NON-FICTION 50
VU20277 REFINE WRITING SKILLS 120
VU20278 REFINE EDITING SKILLS 120
VU20280 DEVELOP A NOVEL TO A SECOND DRAFT 50

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.