Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing
Deakin course code A661

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.

Career opportunities

The program is designed to provide career enhancement for students employed or wishing to be employed in the fields of professional writing or publishing.  It enables students currently employed in these fields to upgrade their qualifications in order to apply for specialist positions and enhance their opportunities for promotion.  It also provides for those seeking a qualification to enable refocusing of career options.

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.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

Core units


Trimester 1

ALW738Editing

Trimester 2

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALW729Writing for Communication Media

ACC717Law, Media and Communication [Formerly ALJ724]

ALW739Publishing

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

ALW740Foundations 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 Literary Studies in the A764 Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Writing and Literature (A535)
 

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