Bachelor of Arts - Professional Writing and Publishing
Open Universities Australia (OUA)
Open Universities Australia (OUA) believes that of all the ways to change your path in life, education is the best. This is why we put all our efforts into making education easier to access, more flexible and more enjoyable for students.
Bachelor Degree (Pass)
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No minimum education
This course integrates creative practice and academic inquiry with experience in professional settings. Students will develop their skills in storytelling and their writing talents in the specialised genres and conventions of professional communication. The course content includes general skills such as research, writing, editing, and publishing plus specialised skills such as speeches, reports, discussion papers, and promotional writing.
Subjects you can Study
Professional writing; Editing and publishing
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Bachelor Degree (Pass)
24 units; 10 Professional Writing major units; 6 Humanities units; 8 electives.
No minimum education
Life after Study
Copywriters interpret how a potential market will react to an advertising proposal, and write material to advertise products or services.
Editors read and correct written material for publication, draft and implement editorial policy, decide on the content of publications or news items and manage the production of publications and the staff involved, depending on the position they hold.
Writers plan and write literary or other written work for publication or performance. Writers may create original pieces of written work, which can take the form of poetry, novels, short stories, biographies, blogs, plays or film, radio and television scripts. They may also write for multimedia distribution.
About Open Universities Australia (OUA)
Through OUA you can study towards a degree online with leading Australian universities. You can choose from more than a thousand units and more than 150 qualifications, covering arts and humanities, business, education, health, information technology, law and justice, and science and engineering.
Study that suits you
For more than 20 years, our goal has been to make education available to more people regardless of their background, so we’re not much into the idea of one size fits all.
When you study through OUA, you can shape your learning so that it suits you — your work, your family and your social life.
Because just about everything you need to learn is online, you can watch lectures, participate in discussion forums, research and write assignments when and where it suits you. That could be on the couch after you put the kids to bed. It could be on the train while you’re commuting to and from work. It could be at the breakfast table, in the local park or at the beach. As long as you can access the internet, you can study through OUA.
Set your own pace
One of the ways you can fit learning around your life with OUA is by choosing how much you take on.
When you study with us, you work towards a degree made up of units. The number of units you take at any one time is up to you. You might start by taking just one unit per study period. Once you’re feeling comfortable with online study, you can then choose to fast-track your qualification by loading up on units (up to four at a time).
You can also choose to take some time off from study if your other commitments start to demand more of your time, then get back into your studies when you’re ready.
Different study experience, same qualification
We’ve partnered with leading Australian universities to make high-quality degrees available online. This means that when you study through OUA you get a different experience to traditional on-campus study but graduate with exactly the same qualification as an on-campus student.
Through OUA you can study with Monash, RMIT, Griffith, Macquarie, Curtin and many other well-regarded universities.
Support from start to finish
When you study with OUA, you’re online but never alone.
An answer to your question — whether it's about your studies in general, an assignment in particular or something bigger (like a personal matter) — is very often only a phone call or email away.
If you want to know a bit more or would like to discuss how study through OUA could fit around your life, visit www.open.edu.au or call 13 OPEN.
Open Universities Australia (OUA):
Address: Level 1, 473 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Benjamin Kaiser, 16
I’ve always been pretty bright but found high school boring. I was recommended OUA and found out there was no age requirement.
I started studying with OUA at the age of 14. I’ll graduate with a degree before I turn 17. I guess that’s pretty good!
It beats school! I like being able to control how and when I study. You have to be self-motivated which keeps me on track. I can sleep in a bit or study later at night and have hot meals during the day. Some kids from my old high school are now also studying with OUA.
I study all four semesters, three subjects a semester, so I’m quite busy. I can’t wait to get my degree and start working!
Georgina Scambler, 34
Studying with OUA meant I could do a mixture of full-time and part-time study. If I wasn’t able to study off campus, I just wouldn’t have been able to do it. I have two children — a four year old and a 22 month old.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. I was home with a baby anyway and didn’t have a job to go to, so in a way it was perfect timing.
I’ve already done a couple of internships at newspapers and a website company, which has confirmed this has been the right choice for me. It’s fantastic to be able to be on the job and get experience.
I have definitely felt supported during my studies. Most of the tutors have been really engaging and easy to contact whenever you need advice or to ask a question.
At times it’s been hard juggling it all, but most of the time it’s worked well for me. I fit in study when I can and work around my schedule. I would definitely recommend OUA to other people.