C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

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Plan: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Qualification national code: 22091VIC
Nominal hours: 640
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 Year F/T, P/T available
Location: Onshore. City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The ability to write clearly and with confidence underpins all effective professional communication. RMIT's Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing focuses on writing in a workplace context and on using written text and images in ways that help you to inform, persuade, instruct and explain. Courses are designed to extend and enrich your writing and communication skills so that you can apply them to your own area of work. The program also caters to those wanting to gain employment in a field where written communication plays an important role.

In this hands-on program you will write content for the web and social media, 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 correspondence, newsletters, marketing and advertising material, media releases, funding applications, proposals, submissions and technical documents.
Through the successful completion of this program, you discover the principles that underpin strong and effective written communication while learning to produce clear and reader-friendly documents.  You will also develop an understanding of grammar and punctuation that allows you to write concisely and without ambiguity.

The emphasis of the program is on providing you with broad, transferable writing and communication skills that you can apply within any professional context. You will also be in a position to take advantage of opportunities for permanent, casual or freelance employment as a writer and / or editor within the corporate, educational, cultural or government sectors.

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Articulation and pathways

Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification. The statement(s) below provide you with information about credit arrangements with this program.

The following articulation agreements are in place:

HE Program Code Program Title Amount of credit granted Entry Requirement Duration of program after credit (cp and equivalent years)
AD016 Associated Degree in Professional Writing and Editing   Assessed case-by-case  
BP220 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) 48 credit points equivalent to 1 semester Minimum GPA of 3 
Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview
240 credit points or equivalent to 6 semesters or 3 years





Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including Associated Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, and Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), subject to the program's entry requirements (see table above).

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/apply-for-credit

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Entrance requirements

Academic entry requirements: There are no minimum academic requirements. 

Prerequisites: None.

Selection task:

All applicants must complete and submit a pre-selection kit.
Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Interview exemptions: Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit. These applicants are not required to attend an interview and will receive an advisory email.

Please refer to the VTAC guide and/or RMIT website for additional information.

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External accreditation and industry links

 In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Professional Writing and Editing. However, this program has strong industry support and all course content, delivery and assessment is informed by industry through a Program Advisory Committee. The teachers in the Professional Writing and Editing program are all industry practitioners, specialising in workplace and organisational communication, and through them, you will also have the opportunity to further your understanding of current industry trends and work practices.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides you with a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and well being so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are face to face and online, assisting with:

-transition to tertiary study and learning
-study skills and academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences, if relevant.
-enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning.
-career development and employment
-living and well being (including advice on health, housing and financial matters).
-opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad.
-opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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