Course details

CRICOS course code: 074927G

Level of study: Associate Degrees or Equivalent


This practical, industry-focused associate degree will nurture your creative potential while building the skills, expertise and versatility you need to become a professional writer and/or editor. Whatever your goal - to write a novel, start an online magazine, or work as a freelance editor - we'll support and inspire you.

During your studies you'll work alongside fellow students passionate about reading and writing. You'll also learn from teachers and mentors who are leading practitioners in their fields.

You’ll start by gaining a broad base of skills in fiction, creative nonfiction, professional communication, digital content, grammar and editing. Then you’ll specialise in your preferred areas, with a focus on building a writing portfolio, developing practical projects, and engaging with industry and with readers.

Other opportunities include completing an industry placement, producing the annual Visible Ink anthology, collaborating with creative partners, and building your professional networks by organising and participating in literary events.


Employers include publishers, government organisations, the technical, education and scientific industries, private consultancies, advertising agencies, arts and cultural organisations and community groups.

The Professional Writing and Editing degree has a long and proud tradition of producing writers and editors for the publishing and communications industries. Our graduates have become successful authors, publishing books, articles, poetry and stories, and winning major awards and fellowships. Others gain entry-level positions in a competitive industry and start their own business and entrepreneurial projects. This degree also has pathways into higher education qualifications.

Graduates also work as freelance writers and editors, using the industry networks developed during the course of study.


Graduates work in book, magazine, newspaper and digital publishing in roles such as:

editor or online editor
social media writer
publicity or communications officer
project manager

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,640 Per Year 06 Feb 2023 2 years
Full time
RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 60% average

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 60 (with minimum of 10 in Reading, 9 in Listening, 16 in Speaking and 19 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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