Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing

Deakin University

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,928
International: $26,300

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)


8 credit points of study comprising: 6 core units and 2 elective units.

Subjects you can Study:

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

Study Pathways:

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

Who for:

Graduates employed or wishing to be employed in the field

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

Related Careers:

Editor, Journalist, Writer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burwood No info Yes Online 1 year
Burwood No info Yes Full time 1 year
Burwood No info Yes Part time 2 years

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With 56 000 students it is one of Australia’s largest universities. The university has a large, diverse student body, with many mature age and part-time students, a high proportion of international students and others from regional areas. It engages students from non-traditional student groups through flexible learning modes and comprehensive transition programs, as well as community-based education.

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