Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) - 901AA
|Location:||UC - Canberra, Bruce|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Arts and Design|
|Discipline(s):||School of Arts and Communications|
|Lowest Selection Rank:||N/A|
|English Language Requirements:||Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0|
Grammar and syntax get you going? Then make writing a career.
If the literary word (and editing the heck out of it) stimulates your scholarly tastebuds, then this course will be the catalyst for igniting your belletristic passions (look that one up in your dictionary).
Targeted at those aiming for a lofty professional level, this course will allow you to edit stimulating prose like a master across a range of contexts and media. Side step into the Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication (in Professional Writing) and word-soaked careers also await, including as a journalist, editor, publisher or freelance writer extraordinaire.
Study a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) at UC and you will:
- demonstrate a high-level understanding of the structure and function of the publishing industry
- demonstrate a developed understanding of the processes and roles involved in the publishing field
- develop both the conceptual and practical skills required to edit at a professional level
- develop high-level critical and creative thinking skills, including from a theoretical, legal and ethical standpoint
- produce work in both print and electronic media.
A range of career opportunities exist for Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) graduates, including as a:
- creative, professional or freelance writer
- media officer
Course specific information
Students must have a bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee, provide a portfolio of creative writing and be familiar with the conventions of writing including narrative structures, fiction and non-fiction forms, grammar and syntax.
Students also need to be familiar with word processing and preferably with other computer programs, including web page design and desktop publishing programs.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee.
Additional Admission Requirements
Applicants are required to provide a portfolio of creative writing (3-4 pieces, in any genre or form). Applications will be judged on this portfolio in addition to other admission requirements.
Familiarity with the conventions of writing, including narrative structures, fiction and nonfiction forms, grammar and syntax, are an advantage; excellent use of written English is essential for work in this area. Applicants also need to be familiar with word processing and preferably with other computer programs, including web page design and desktop publishing programs.
Information on admission closing dates can be found here.
- Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (Editing) (12 credit points)
- Required - Must pass 6 credit points as follows
- Restricted Choice - Must pass 6 credit points from the following
|Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing||GradCert ProfWrtg|
Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.
Unit Delivery Modes
The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:
|Flexible:||The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.|
|Intensive:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.|
|On Campus:||The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.|
To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit
|Course Objectives||Graduate Qualities|
|A developed understanding of the processes and roles involved in the publishing field.||.|
|High level critical and creative thinking skills, including theoretical, legal and ethical aspects.||.|
|High level skills in substantive and copy editing and manuscript development.||.|
|Demonstrated capacity to work at a high level in the production of texts.||.|
Standard two semesters part-time. Maximum four semesters
Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)
This certificate is subsumable within the Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication (Professional Writing).
- 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
- 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
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