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Undergraduate

Professional Writing and Publishing

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-PRWRP Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Employers in the public and private sectors need people who can research, write, edit and publish a wide range of written materials, from briefing notes to reports, speeches and websites. This major will give you skills and knowledge in many genres and styles of writing, and help you to develop the creativity and ethical understanding vital to successful workplace writing.

You will learn to produce and edit feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, history, humorous pieces, website content, creative non-fiction, media releases, and many other forms. You will cover copyright, censorship, plagiarism and the ethics of writing in the public domain. You will also have the valuable opportunity to undertake a professional work placement with an industry employer in your final semester of study.

Professional writing and publishing is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,350*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Public Servant - Australian Public Service
  • Public Servant - State Government
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Editor

You may also find opportunities in:

  • arts media
  • corporate writing
  • editing for business
  • government and not-for-profit communications
  • freelance/consulting
  • marketing communications
  • advertising/copywriting

Possible careers

Communications and Media Officer

If you plan to pursue a career as a communications and media officer, electives from the following majors will complement your Professional Writing major:

Feature Writer

If you wish to pursue a career as a feature writer, you may like to complement Professional Writing with electives from:

Editor

Below are a list of recommended majors which will complement Professional Writing if you wish to become an editor:

Why Professional Writing and Publishing?

  • Good employment outcomes are available in a range of professional communication roles.
  • This major builds flexible communication skills and knowledge applicable in broad range of fields.
  • You will be provided with both conceptual and practical instruction through industry-focused learning outcomes, including the opportunity to participate in an industry placement.