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Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing)

Course Description

Undergraduate Degree

Course Overview

The Curtin University Professional Writing and Publishing course prepares students for writing careers in the private, public and creative sectors through the study and practice of a range of different writing forms, including feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, travel writing, history, humour, writing for the internet, promotional writing, creative non-fiction and media releases.

Job Outcomes

Graduates will have opportunities in:

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing and publishing in government and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector
  • Arts organisations
  • The magazine and book industries

What you'll learn

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  2. integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  3. access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  4. effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purposes
  5. use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills

Entry requirements

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Humanities Pathway OR
  • 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English

OR one of the following:

  • Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent)
  • You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course
  • Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian university and English language competency is needed
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:
    • Diploma, Associate Diploma or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
    • Certificate IV + English competency

(Note – Certificate II or III are not acceptable)

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Recognition of prior learning

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies. Students may apply for credit (or CRL) towards the degree for previous studies successfully completed at other accredited institutions and for relevant work experience. Students must be enrolled in a course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

Additional Information

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven’t studied before or haven’t studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what’s required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

About Open Universities Australia

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