Deakin University

Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

This course provides students with an understanding of the publishing industry and of the requirements involved in writing and editing for different audiences. It hones students' ability to write in, and for, a range of contexts including freelance writing. This program offers studies in various forms of professional writing and editing for graduates with major sequences in other disciplines.The emphasis is on helping students to develop the skills required to prepare work for publication. In each area of study - fiction, creative non-fiction, writing for children, poetry, editing, publishing and scriptwriting - students will be given practical experience of the process of writing and revision. The program will develop understanding of the requirements of writing and editing for different readerships. The units in the program will be valuable to experienced writers who feel the need for further guidance, or who want to begin a career in writing. Study at this level can also help students if they are required to write in the course of their employment and wish to enhance their skills in written communication. The editing course introduces students to the key skills required for employment in publishing books and magazines. The School adopts the philosophy that writing and editing should be taught by published writers and practitioners. The teaching staff includes well-known writers and editors, and the program draws on the talents of other publishing professionals as guest speakers.

Designed for

Graduates employed or wishing to be employed in the field


8 credit points of study


  • Communication
  • Creative enterprise
  • Editing
  • Feature writing
  • Foundations in professional and Creative writing
  • Professional writing
  • Publishing
  • Writing and literature

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in any discipline
  • Or a Graduate Certificate in any discipline: or at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

Study pathways

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne Burwood Domestic: $22,000
International: $32,600
  • Part-time : 2 years

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