GD073 - Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing

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Plan: GD073 - Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing
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: Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing
Award abbreviation: GradDipEdit&Publ
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Two years (4 semesters) part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100700
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing is designed to provide you with a broad grounding in all key areas of current commercial book publishing practice with an emphasis on the acquisition and development of practical, readily applicable professional skills. You will be equipped with the skills necessary to effectively participate in an industry in transition.

On completion of the program you will be a responsive and reflective professional who can work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively in teams. You will be prepared for professional roles in publishing, or consultancies and organizations which engage in publishing of any size or nature. You will be able to lead and produce the outcomes required for high quality publishing which embraces a range of media and communication formats.

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Articulation and pathways

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 will be eligible to undertake further studies in the Master of Communication where you will receive advanced standing of 96 credit points.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or at least three years of professional experience in the public relations, corporate/strategic communication, professional communication and/or editing and publishing area.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (

English Language Requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing is accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the peak industry body for Australian book, journal and electronic publishers, and recognized by the Society of Editors (Victoria). Both organizations were instrumental in establishing the program in 1988.

Industry Links

The School of Media and Communication has many close links with industry which take on a variety of different forms.

Each discipline area runs a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) that consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the PAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

In addition the School makes regular use of outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that students are exposed to current industry developments in publishing studies. The regular use of sessional teaching staff also provides students with exposure to current industry practitioners.

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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

Library resources and services
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 ( 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, ejournals and newspapers.

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Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

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