MC262 - Master of Writing and Publishing

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RMIT program code: MC262
Plan name: Master of Writing and Publishing
Plan code: MC262
Campus: City Campus
Credit points per semester:
Full time: 48
Part time: 24
CRICOS code: 088089C

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2017 Enrolment Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:

  Year One of Program
AND  Year Two of Program

The Master of Writing and Publishing can be completed as a part-time or full-time program with all classes held at the RMIT's Melbourne city campus. It is not available via distance learning. The courses run in both the evening and daytime with a handful of Friday/Saturday intensives throughout the year.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: The program is available to you in FULL-TIME STUDY MODE ONLY. That is over four semesters (2 years).

LOCAL STUDENTS: The program can be completed over four semesters (2 years) in full-time study. A part-time study option (eight semesters (4 years)) is available to local students only.

The program consists of a number of separate courses covering all aspects of the publishing process – from authorship to editing, print production to marketing and finance – and students must pass all courses in order to graduate.

After completing 96 credit points (1 year full-time: 2 x 12-week semesters; 2 years part-time: 4 x 12-week semesters) students can opt to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Writing and Publishing. They can return at any stage to complete the final requisite semesters should they wish to become a Master of Writing and Publishing.

While there are no electives in the Master of Writing and Publishing there is flexibility to select projects within the Bowen Street Press studios according to interest or ability.

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Year One of Program

Course content changes from year to year to ensure the program reflects current industry practice, but prospective (full-time) students can assume the following overall structure:

While giving a broad introduction to the book trade and publishing industries in general, the first year of the Master of Writing and Publishing concentrates on the practical aspects of writing, editing and production.

Semester 1
 The Craft of Writing and Editing (12 credit points)
COMM2713 Contemporary Writing and Publishing (12 credit points)
COMM2716 Foundation at Bowen Street Press (24 credit points)

Semester 2
The Art of Writing and Editing (24 credit points)
COMM2714 Development at Bowen Street Press (24 credit points)

Complete the following Five (5) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code


Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Foundation for Bowen Street Press24COMM2716City Campus2928 (M262)
Contemporary Writing and Publishing12COMM2713City Campus2927 (M262)
The Craft of Writing and Editing12COMM2719City Campus2929 (M262)
Development at Bowen Street Press24COMM2714City Campus2870 (M262)
The Art of Writing and Editing24COMM2718City Campus2871 (M262)

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Year Two of Program

The second year of the Master of Writing and Publishing extends students core skills into structural editing, the sales and financial aspects of various industry models, entrepreneurship, and the value of research and its critical application.

Semester 3
Production at Bowen Street Press (24 credit points)
COMM2669 Critical Enquiry in Media and Communication (24 credit points)

Semester 4
Entrepreneurship at Bowen Street Press (24 credit points)
COMM2788 Professional Research Project (Writing and Publishing) (24 credit points)

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Prereqs/ Coreqs

Course Code


Semester 1 Class

Semester 2 Class

Production at Bowen Street Press24COMM2717City Campus3523 (M262)
Critical Enquiry in Media and Communication24COMM2669City Campus2925 (M248)2865 (M248)
Entrepreneurship at Bowen Street Press24COMM2715City Campus3431 (M262)
Professional Research Project (Writing and Publishing)24YesCOMM2788City Campus3561 (M262)

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Program structure enquiries

Program Structure Enquiries

Enrolment Information Session 2017 – New students

International Students Main Enrolment

Date/Time: Wednesday,5 July 2017, 1.00pm

Location: Building 5 level 3 room 1

International Students Late Enrolment

Late arriving students, please contact or visit the School reception desk at Building 9, Level 4 for assistance (Monday-Friday 9.00-4.00pm for assistance).

Program Manager/Academic Advice: Tracy O'Shaughnessy


Administration Enquiries:

Program Administration Office

School of Media and Communication

Building 9 level 5






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