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MAJOR

Professional Writing and Publishing Major (MArts)

MJRP-PROWR

TAUGHT BY: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

150

About offering

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.

Why study Professional Writing and Publishing Major (MArts)

  • Curtin’s media and communication courses have a strong practical and industry focus.
  • Curtin graduates are highly desired by employers.
  • Many of our graduates have gone on to outstanding success in their chosen fields.
  • Our media department provides a range of purpose-built student facilities, including an on-campus film studio, digital creativity labs, a theatre, a radio station, a student newspaper and an online magazine.

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.

Career information

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.

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

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

Course prerequisites

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-PROWR
  • This offering was last updated on: September 12, 2018