AD016 - Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing

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Plan: AD016 - Associate Degree in 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: Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing
Award abbreviation: AssocDegProfWrit&Edit
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Location: Onshore, CIty Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100705
CRICOS code: 074927G

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Purpose of the Program

Based in the heart of an International City of Literature, the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing is an intensive, practical, industry-oriented program. It will nurture your creative potential while you build the skills, expertise and versatility expected of professional writers and editors.

During your studies you'll work alongside fellow students passionate about reading and writing. You'll also learn from teachers and mentors who are leading practitioners in their fields. Whatever your goal - write a novel, start an online magazine, work as a freelance editor - we'll support and inspire you.

You’ll start by gaining a broad base of skills in fiction, creative nonfiction, professional communications, digital content, grammar and editing. Then you’ll specialise in your preferred areas, with a focus on building a writing portfolio, developing practical projects, and engaging with industry and with readers. In your final year, you will be provided with a capstone experience, COMM2460 Towards Publication, in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

Other opportunities include completing an industry placement, producing the annual Visible Ink anthology, collaborating with creative partners in other programs and disciplines, and building your professional networks by organising and participating in literary events.

The Professional Writing and Editing program has had a long and proud tradition of producing writers and editors for the publishing and communications industries. Our graduates have become successful authors, publishing books, articles, poetry and stories, and winning major prizes and fellowships. Others gain entry-level positions in a competitive industry, and start their own business and entrepreneurial projects. This course also has pathways into higher education courses.

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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 following credit arrangements are currently in place:

HE Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of credit grantedEntry RequirementDuration of program after credit (cp and equivalent years)
BP220Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)60 credit points (5 x 12 credit point courses) equivalent to 1 semester and 1 courseGuaranteed entry with a minimum final cumulative program GPA of 3.
Applicants who achieve less than a final cumulative program GPA of 3 may still apply and will be offered an interview.
228 credit points or equivalent to 6 semesters or 3 years
BP223Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)96 credit points equivalent to 1 year

Guaranteed entry with a final cumulative program GPA of 3.0 plus successful completion of courses below:

(1) COMM2462 Freelance Writing for Media, and 

(2) COMM2734 Advanced Professional Writing – Text, Design and Strategy OR COMM2467 Magazine Writing ad Editnig

Applicants who achieve less than a final cumulative program GPA of 3.0, or have not completed both courses listed above, may still apply and may be asked to attend a competitive interview.

192 credit points equivalent to 2 years
BP257Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)144 credit points equivalent to 1.5 yearsMinimum GPA of 3 will be given guaranteed entry 
Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and would be required to submit a pre selection kit by the set due date for each year.
144 credit points, equivalent to 1.5 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 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) and Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), 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)

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent. 

VCE prerequisites: Year 12 Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

Selection Tasks

Pre-selection kit: All applicants must submit a completed pre-selection kit.
Interview: Short-listed applicants may be required to present their folio to a selection panel. 

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.0 (with no individual band below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 550 (TWE 4.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 19 in all sections)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 50 (with no communication band less than 42)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 169 with no less than 162 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit

Please check VTAC Guide and/or RMIT website for additional information and details.

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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.

The RMIT Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to develop informed and work-ready graduates who will have the requisite knowledge, skills and capabilities to succeed in and contribute to the rapidly evolving contemporary writing and publishing environment. The program’s ongoing development is informed by its Program Advisory Committee of practitioners and industry professionals, its extensive network of industry-based graduates, and the ongoing professional practice and development of its staff in their specialist writing and editing fields.

While the program has no formal links with any form of external accreditation, graduates may consider applying for accreditation with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) after completing the required three years’ full-time editing experience. The program incorporates all elements of IPEd’s ‘Australian Standards for Editing Practice’.

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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.

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

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 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 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:

Services available to you as a student at RMIT

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

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, 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 wellbeing (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 Student Support

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