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Postgraduate

Professional Writing and Publishing Major (Master of Arts)

MMedComm - MJRP-PROWR Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

The Professional Writing and Publishing major is one of five in the Master of Arts course. The course teaches you the genres and conventions of professional communication (such as copywriting) and creative non-fiction writing.

As part of this major you’ll learn to convey information and debate with colleagues, clients, constituents and stakeholders. You’ll be taught research, writing, editing and publishing skills, giving you the knowledge to contribute to public discussions, create persuasive narratives supported by your understanding of ethics and hold your own in a professional workplace writing team. Participants are encouraged to apply and test these skills and understanding through applied practice in the form of an advanced discipline project and a professionally-orientated placement.
 
In your first year you will undertake introductory units, develop your skills in your chosen discipline and prepare for your major project. In your second year you will complete your major project and have an opportunity for internship within a relevant industry upon meeting required conditions.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

  • Bachelor degree in a non-related field with honours, OR
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in a non-related field from a recognised institution (may also require relevant work experience), OR
  • Bachelor degree in a related field, which will provide credit for recognised learning for one semester of study, OR
  • Graduate certificate or diploma in any field from a recognised institution.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Bachelor degree in a related field, which will provide credit for recognised learning for one semester of study.


Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

The Professional Writing and Publishing (PWP) major will equip students with the skills, understanding and discipline to work in corporate communications and media in state, federal and local government, business and industry, the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations, and the magazine and book industries.

How this course will make you industry ready

All majors allow you to undertake an internship which can provide you with valuable work experience and a networking opportunity to advance your career.

In these streams you’ll be taught communication, interpersonal and research skills that will be appreciated by employers in the media industry. You may also be offered the use of modern media production equipment and facilities, and guidance by staff to help develop your ability to prepare content across print, broadcast and online media platforms. Our units have a strong practical and industry focus, which means you’ll be prepared for the workforce or creative practice.
 
You may also have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, including the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin FM 100.1, Grok magazine, Hayman Theatre, the John Curtin Gallery, the Western Independent online student newspaper and an industry-standard television studio.

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