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Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration

2 years part-time or equivalent

CRICOS course code015197C
Deakin course codeA661

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing offers studies in various forms of professional writing and editing for graduates with major sequences in other disciplines. The emphasis is on helping you to develop the skills required to prepare work for publication. In each area of study-fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children, poetry, editing, publishing and scriptwriting - you will be given practical experience of the process of writing and revision. The program will develop your understanding of the requirements of writing and editing for different readerships. The units in the program will be valuable to you if you are experienced in writing but feel the need for further guidance, or if you want to begin a career in writing. Study at this level can also help you if you are required to write in the course of your employment and wish to enhance your skills in written communication. The editing course introduces you to the key skills required for employment in publishing books and magazines. The School adopts the philosophy that writing and editing should be taught by published writers and practitioners. The teaching staff includes well-known writers and editors, and the program draws on the talents of other publishing professionals as guest speakers.

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Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

 

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising 6 core units and 2 electives.

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Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

 

Core units


Trimester 1

ALW738 Editing  


Trimester 2

ACA715 Creative Enterprise Project  

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media  

ACC717 Law Media and Communication  [Formerly ALJ724]

ALW739 Publishing  

 

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

ALW740 Foundations in Writing Craft and Practice  

 

Electives

2 credit points of electives chosen from the units offered in the specialisation of Children's Literature, Creative Writing or Professional Writing in the A764 Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).

 

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