Course Description

This practical, industry-focused program will nurture your creative potential while building the skills, expertise and versatility you need to become a professional writer and/or editor.

During your studies you'll work alongside fellow students passionate about reading and writing. You'll also learn from teachers and mentors who are leading practitioners in their fields. Whatever your goal - write a novel, start an online magazine, work as a freelance editor - we'll support and inspire you.

You’ll start by gaining a broad base of skills in fiction, creative nonfiction, professional communication, digital content, grammar and editing. Then you’ll specialise in your preferred areas, with a focus on building a writing portfolio, developing practical projects, and engaging with industry and with readers.

Other opportunities include completing an industry placement, producing the annual Visible Ink anthology, collaborating with creative partners outside the program, and building your professional networks by organising and participating in literary events.

The Professional Writing and Editing program has had a long and proud tradition of producing writers and editors for the publishing and communications industries. Our graduates have become successful authors, publishing books, articles, poetry and stories, and winning major awards and fellowships. Others gain entry-level positions in a competitive industry, and start their own business and entrepreneurial projects. This course also has pathways into higher education courses.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $13,132 total course cost
International Students: $28,800 per year full-time


2 years full time, 4 years part time

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Communications undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 71.6% (national average 69.3%)
Improved skills: 83.1% (national average 80.6%)
Overall satisfaction: 78.9% (national average 78.9%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Communications undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 59.8% (national average 58.3%)
Studying full time: 13.4% (national average 17.1%)
Median full time salary: $48,000 (national average $48,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 074927G
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: AD016

Entry Requirements

The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes