Professional Writing and Publishing Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin
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Professional Writing and Publishing

Undergraduate major

Learn how to research, write, edit and publish a range of material, to prepare for a career in professional communications.

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  • Qualification
    Professional Writing and Publishing Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Professional Writing and Publishing at Curtin?

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

 

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Work experience

This course has opportunities to undertake a professional placement with an industry employer.

Outline

Outline

Employers across all sectors need people who can research, write, edit and publish a range of material.

In this major you will develop your skills and knowledge in many genres and styles of writing and publishing practices, while exploring your creativity.

You’ll learn to produce and edit feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, website content, creative nonfiction, media releases and other forms of content for the workplace. You’ll also learn about copyright, censorship, plagiarism and the ethics of writing in the public domain.

In your final semester, you may have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement with an industry employer.

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

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • The skills and knowledge you'll gain are relevant to a range of professional communication roles and employment fields.
  • This course has industry-focused learning outcomes, and you'll have the opportunity for professional work placement with an industry employer.

What jobs can the Professional Writing and Publishing Major (BA) lead to?

Careers

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Media / communications advisor
  • Writer
  • Blogger.

Industries

  • Media
  • Corporate communications
  • Publishing
  • Local government and public service.

What you'll learn

  • identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  • integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  • access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  • effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purpose
  • use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills
  • use and reflect on disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop autonomous learning, and apply these insights to writing in a range of different professional contexts
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on professional writing and publishing
  • recognise and value the diversity of cultural knowledge and practices, taking care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  • work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative, creative and ethical professional writing that is appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts

Over the course of my degree, I've learned to write feature articles, speeches, creative non-fiction, web content, reports and more. I’ve also learned editing, proofreading, marketing and interior book design. These job skills mean there are so many roles open to me across the arts, publishing, non-profit, corporate and government sectors.

Sarah Oldfield

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

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Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

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