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Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

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The Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to provide students with the skills in writing and editing for employment or further tertiary study. Students develop awareness of industry standards and demands and develop knowledge of the markets available to the professional writer and editor. Units of study cover industry laws and regulations, designing and developing text documents and developing writing and editing skills for novels, short stories, children’s books, advertising and the web.
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Duration1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Campus and intakes  Calendar

Main intakes - Main intakes offer students every available option of study mode (e.g. full-time, part-time) and unit selection.what is a main intake?

Hawthorn - March
Study modeFull-time
Part-time (day)
VTAC course code3400278034 (fee type determined by provider)
National code22091VIC
FeesFor information about Swinburne's fees, visit the Fees website.

Career opportunities

Research indicates that there is a demand for technical and professional writers. Technical and professional writers work in almost every field of industry and public life, including high technology industries, business, government and research and non-profit organisations. Careers available to graduates may include: multimedia communication, technical, medical, scientific writing, marketing and journalism.

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

The Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to provide students with the skills in writing and editing for employment or further tertiary study. Students develop awareness of industry standards and demands and develop knowledge of the markets available to the professional writer and editor. Units of study cover industry laws and regulations, designing and developing text documents and developing writing and editing skills for novels, short stories, children’s books, advertising and the web.

Course structure

Completion of the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing requires the successful completion of all seven core units and six elective units from the four specialisation areas.

Units of study

Core units
Manage projects (BSBPMG510A)
Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge (CUFIND201A)
Provide services on a freelance basis (CUFIND401A)
Write extended stories (CUFWRT402A)
Write non-fiction (VU20276)
Refine writing skills (VU20277)
Refine editing skills (VU20278)
Elective units
Specialisation Area 1: Specialist writing
Develop public relations documents (BSBPUB403A)
Write complex documents (BSBWRT401A)
Write persuasive copy (BSBWRT501A)
Write scripts (CUFWRT601A)
Write song lyrics (CUSMCP302A)
Write about music (CUSWRT501A)
Provide public affairs writing and editorial services (PSPPA501A)
Write for children and young adults (VU20279)
Develop a novel to a second draft (VU202800
Specialisation Area 2: Writing and editing for electronic media
Create mass electronic media advertisements (BSBADV510A)
Review and maintain a website (BSBEBU401A)
Write content for a range of media (CUFWRT301A)
Edit scripts (CUFWRT602A)
Write content for web pages (ICAD4209B)
Specialisation Area 3: Industry skills
Collaborate in a creative process (BSBCRT402A)
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business (BSBSMB401A)
Conduct research (CUFRES401A)
Edit texts (CUFWRT401A)
Implement copyright arrangements (CUFCMP301A)
Secure funding for projects (CUSFIM501A)
Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse (CUVCOR04B)
Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice (CUVCOR13B)
Interpret and respond to a design brief (BSBDES402A)
Specialisation Area 4: Photography and desktop publishing
Produce desktop published documents (BSBITU309A)
Produce complex desktop published documents (BSBITU404A)
Produce and prepare photo images (CUFDIG303A)

On this page: aims and objectives and career opportunities.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing is to provide vocational training for professional writers and editors. The Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing is designed to provide participants with the skills in writing and editing for employment or further tertiary study. Participants will develop awareness of industry standards and demands and develop knowledge of the markets available to the professional writer and editor.

Career opportunities

Research indicates that there is a demand for technical and professional writers. Technical and professional writers work in almost every field of industry and public life, including high technology industries, business, government and research and non-profit organisations. Careers available to graduates may include: multimedia communication, technical, medical, scientific writing, marketing and journalism.
Shelagh Grieveson

Student testimonial - Shelagh Grieveson

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

I am delighted to be enrolled in the Dip PWE at Swinburne, which is a practical, flexible, thoughtfully planned and prepared writing course offering a range of subjects for full- and part-time students and providing for mature students with families and work commitments.

On this page: entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Entry requirements

Participants entering the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing should have the following competencies or equivalents. These competencies are achieved in the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing:

Develop writing and editing skills (VBP551)
Produce writings (VBP552)
Develop and apply industry knowledge (CUFGEN01A)
Identify industry laws and regulations and apply them in workplace situations (CUFGEN02A)
Address copyright requirements (CUSADM08A)
Follow health safety and security procedures (CUFSAF01B)
Design and develop text documents (BSBADM304A)
Access and use the internet (ICPMM63B)
Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work (CUVCOR03A)
Source information on history and theory and apply to own area of work (CUVCOR11A)
Collect and organise information (CUSRAD01A)

Participants entering the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing having not completed the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing will need to demonstrate the above competencies by presentation of a portfolio.
 
Satisfactory completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), relevant work experience or mature age applicants with relevant industry experience.
 
Some applicants may be required to present a folio of work which may include varied examples of writings, such as short pieces, extracts from long pieces, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and academic writing.

Pathways

Courses at Swinburne can provide an alternative entry option, or pathway, into further TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate courses if you don’t meet the entry requirements. For example, successful completion of a Swinburne diploma or advanced diploma provides credits that can advance you to later stages of an undergraduate degree. Certificate level studies can also pathway through to higher level TAFE studies. Whatever your situation, pathways ensure you gain the maximum benefit for previous study – whether at Swinburne or another institution. For more information, please visit the Pathways website.

Credit transfer

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of a course may be granted 'credit' and/or entry to the course with 'advanced standing'. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. For further information refer to the Credit Transfer website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. To learn more about RPL and how to apply, please visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Apply direct to Swinburne by following the step-by-step process on the How to Apply website.

Full-time (Semester 1) applications can also be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

For further information, visit the VTAC website.

VTAC course code

3400278034 (fee type determined by provider)

Course fees

For information about Swinburne's fees, visit the Fees website.

Scholarships

For information about scholarships, visit the Scholarships website.

Find out more

Submit an Online Enquiry 
Tel: 1300 275 794
Email: study@swinburne.edu.au



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