Master of Writing and Publishing
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
AU$25,920 (2021 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
DurationFull-time 2 years
AU$32,640 (2021 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Are you ready to excel in writing, editing and publishing? Develop your specialist knowledge with this industry-focused masters degree. Whether you’re embarking on a career in writing, editing or publishing, or seeking to acquire more specialist knowledge in your career, this newly formed, industry-focused masters degree is a unique offering.
Building on the renowned Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing program, you will study the art and craft of writing and editing across genres, print and digital production, project management, and marketing strategies for writers and publishers. You will also develop a nuanced understanding of and undertake research in writing and publishing culture in both an Australian and a global context.
The core of the degree is the unique Bowen Street Press internship program. The Bowen Street Press operates as a real-world, student-led publishing house, which offers many opportunities for industry engagement and real-world and simulated work practice.
The degree is designed as a series of connected studios in which you take on specific industry challenges through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and teaching strategies. Publications in both group and individual scenarios from print through to digital are the focus of the Bowen Street Press. A combination of industry-led research and individual projects in the second year of the program will ensure a high level of flexibility for students.
Lecturers and academics all have strong industry relationships and experience, and the learning environment simulates professional practice within the writing, editing and publishing industries. The studios comprise an internship day, weekend intensives, weekly face-to-face seminars and student-directed learning.
Class sizes are small to ensure personal supervision of your activity and progress.
The degree is linked to and supported by industry participation in its Program Advisory Committee, which assists in developing program content to ensure the curriculum reflects existing practice and emerging trends in the publishing industry. The content and structure is vocational, with an emphasis on the acquisition and development of practical, readily applicable professional skills.
The degree is managed by professional book industry practitioners with extensive experience in the trade and educational sectors of the industry.
The degree teaches skills that are globally relevant, which allows students to gain employment both locally and internationally.
RMIT’s Global Mobility Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You will study:
- the principles and practices of editing
- the production of print and electronic books
- publicity and marketing for books and authors
- the business and financial considerations of book publishing
- the cultural context in which the book industry operates in Australia and internationally.
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|Master of Writing and Publishing||City Campus||
2 years (4 semesters) full time; 4 years (8 semesters) part time
2 years (4 semesters) full time
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Program code: MC262
You will develop advanced writing, editing and project management skills and high-level industry acumen preparing you to meet the needs of this constantly changing and fast-paced work environment.
Once you've graduated, you can work in many diverse careers including traditional roles in the trade, educational, corporate and digital sectors, and freelance careers in writing and editing across traditional sectors and in the fast-growing and opportunity-rich digital world.
The Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing has been supported by the Society of Editors (Victoria) and accredited by the Australian Publishers Association. This new program is currently in the process of accreditation with the Australian Publishing Association.
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0); or
- at least 3 years professional experience in the creative and professional writing, journalism, professional communication, public relations and/or editing and publishing area.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
You must have successfully completed:
- an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (out of 4.0)
- at least 3 years' professional experience in creative and professional writing, journalism, professional communication, public relations and/or editing and publishing
To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application:
- a CV
- a personal statement that details your experience.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 6.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum of 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 58)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 185 with no less than 176 in any component.
2021 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$25,920.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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