Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Course summary for local students

Year

2016 course information

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

This course is 2 years part-time duration or equivalent. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$18,600 - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

CRICOS course code015197C
Deakin course code A661

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing provides students with an understanding of the publishing industry and of the requirements involved in writing and editing for different audiences.  It hones students’ ability to write in, and for, a range of contexts including freelance writing.

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 the development of skills required to prepare work for publication. In each area of study, from editing to publishing and our cutting edge unit on blogging, students receive practical experience in the process of writing and revision. The program will develop students’ understanding of the requirements of writing and editing for different readerships.

The units in the program will be valuable for those experienced in writing but who may feel the need for further guidance, or those interested in beginning a career in writing. Study at this level can also assist those who are engaged in writing in their employment area and wish to enhance their skills in written communication. The editing unit introduces students 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.

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative course fee shown in the table above is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Full-fee paying place

A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Fee information for all domestic students

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study load

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. The annual fee displayed for this course is based on eight credit points.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising of:

  • 6 credit points of core units 
  • 2 credit points of elective units chosen from within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

Course structure

Core Units

ACA715Creative Enterprise Project

ALC708Blogging and Online Communication Techniques

ALJ728Feature Writing

ALW738Editing

ALW739Publishing

ALW740Foundations in Professional and Creative Writing

Electives

2 credit points of electives chosen from units within the specialisations of the Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Communication

 

 

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Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Pathways

A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Creative Writing, Editing, Publishing, Professional Writing or Writing.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Grad Dip entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, Bachelor (Honours) same discipline 0.5 year part-time (2 credit points) 1.5 year or part-time equivalent (6 credit points)

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.