Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
The ability to communicate well is vital for success in today’s workforce. In this program you will learn how to use written text and images to help you inform, persuade, instruct and explain.
You will learn how to edit with greater accuracy your own work and that of your colleagues or clients. You will apply those skills to a wide range of business applications, in print and online, so that key messages are heard and understood.
The skills you learn will allow you to improve your career prospects in your current industry, gain employment in the highly competitive communications sector, or set up your own writing and editing business.
In this hands-on program you will produce content for the web and social media, conduct research and prepare reports, and create compelling presentations. You will craft messages for specific target audiences using a variety of styles. You will write and edit emails, letters, newsletters, marketing and advertising material, media releases, grant applications, proposals, submissions and technical documents.
RMIT has a longstanding reputation for excellence in training writers. All of our teachers are industry practitioners who are actively involved in professional writing. Specialist guest speakers also share their experience and knowledge with you.
Our modular, flexible program is designed to suit your needs. You may enroll as a part-time or full-time student in single courses or the full program. The timetable has day, evening and weekend offerings, and two competencies are delivered online. Industry relevance is premium: you will be actively encouraged to apply your learning to your current workplace or your future career.
Learning activities include:
- lectures and seminars
- group project work
- practical exercises
- field trips.
Content is delivered in a variety of forms including weekly face-to-face classes, seminars, full-day and weekend workshops, laboratory sessions and online. Some classes are held in the evening.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the program and includes:
- written workplace documents
- oral presentations
- practical projects, e.g. designed publications and websites
- group project work, including project development and management, professional communication, collaboration and teamwork, and problem-solving.
- self-assessment and reflection.
All programs are delivered in English. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
All writing projects have an "industry-ready" focus, designed to produce marketable work at a high standard. Industry speakers regularly address classes and in some cases will contribute to assessment of projects.
The major study areas in this program focus on:
- professional writing
- editing and proofreading
- narrative techniques for business
- producing web content and social media
- using photographic tools, InDesign and PhotoShop to publish content.
Shorter courses cover:
- writing funding proposals and grant applications
- working as a freelancer
- researching and managing projects.
In addition to developing job-focused skills and knowledge, this program helps you to develop broad work skills known as "employability skills". There are eight employability skills:
- problem solving
- initiative and enterprise
- planning and organising
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Program code: C5314
National curriculum code: 22091VIC
Employment opportunities for trained professional writers and editors remain strong. You will be able to gain communications or editing work within the corporate, education, cultural or government sectors, or in the growing field of social media marketing.
You also get to explore what’s needed to set up your own small business. You learn how to write a brief, to quote accurately for work and to negotiate effectively with a client.
Whatever your field of work, writing will be part of your job, whether you are writing reports or just writing emails. Writing well will only make you better at your job and improve your career prospects.
Graduates may secure jobs in a variety of professional settings as:
- communications officers
- media content managers.
- complete and submit the Professional Writing and Editing pre-selection kit (which includes a statement and writing folio) by the extended deadline of Wednesday 7 February, unless places are filled prior.
- VTAC applicants register and submit the selection kit here.
- RMIT current or recent students you will receive an email prompt to complete the selection kit when you submit your direct application.
- attend an interview (some applicants only*).
*If you are required to attend an interview you will be contacted via email.
Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit. These applicants are not required to attend an interview.
The online pre-selection kit requires:
- an applicant statement outlining your interests in writing and editing for the workplace (maximum 500 words)
- a 1000 word sample of writing: non-fiction or factual writing is preferred
- any other material to support your application, e.g. a list of any published work, CV, written references, a URL linking to a website or blog, etc. (optional)
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- 2018 government subsidised place: AU$6250* per annum
- 2018 full-fee place: AU$11000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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 2018 is $298.
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.