Course Description

The Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing provides students with skills in writing and editing for employment or for further study. Students develop awareness of industry standards and demands, and gain knowledge of the markets available to professional writers and editors.

Units cover industry laws and regulations, introduction to writing fiction, non-fiction, short scripts, journalism, writing for business and public relations, editing skills and developing text documents. This studio practice is underpinned by a sound knowledge of art theory and history.

Students will also have current arts industry knowledge and will be able to critically analyse information from a range of sources. Graduates will have the opportunity to build a current portfolio based on this experience.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $10,050 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $4,090 total course cost.


1 year full time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Communications undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.4% (national average 69.3%)
Improved skills: 77.1% (national average 80.6%)
Overall satisfaction: 76.4% (national average 78.9%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Swinburne University of Technology. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Communications undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 58.6% (national average 58.3%)
Studying full time: 8.1% (national average 17.1%)
Median full time salary: $50,000 (national average $48,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Swinburne University of Technology Code: 22203VIC

Entry Requirements