University of Technology Sydney

C11371v1 Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing (GradCertWritEditPubl)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City Campus

Notes

Commonwealth Supported Places

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) within this course that are competitive and allocated on merit. Applicants must indicate on their application if they wish to be considered for a CSP.

As applications are assessed progressively, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to be considered. Eligible applicants must accept their offer by the lapse date to retain their place.

  • Autumn 2024 closing dates:
    • Round 1: Sunday 26 November 2023
    • Round 2: Sunday 21 January 2024 (if places are available)
  • Spring 2024 closing dates:
    • Round 1: Sunday 26 May 2024
    • Round 2: Sunday 23 June 2024 (if places are available)

Refer to Postgraduate courses with Commonwealth Supported Places for more information.

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing is designed for those who wish to work in writing, editing, and publishing or for experienced creators who wish to develop and enhance their existing knowledge and abilities. The emphasis in this course is on creating graduates with the core skills, cultural intelligence and industry knowledge that allows them to continue to adapt their learning and to identify opportunities for leadership within a rapidly transforming industry. The program at UTS has been connecting students with industry for more than forty years with many graduates going on to achieve outstanding success.

Students are taught by leading practitioners who are currently working in industry and who can offer guidance on how to work flexibly in a wide range of industry contexts.

Students develop a unique and adaptable understanding of writing, editing, publishing and creativity. They learn and simulate professional editing and publishing skills in tandem with authentic, practice-based skills such as narrative and fact-based writing as they build the analytical and collaborative capabilities that equip them to adapt to change.

Course aims

The aims of Graduate Certificate in Writing Editing and Publishing are:

  • to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in writing, editing and publishing across a range of genres and forms,
  • to introduce students to the relationship between writers, editors and the writing industry, across a range of project types and contexts, and
  • to encourage students to reflect on changing roles and practices in the creative and cultural industries.

Career options

Career options may include working as a publishing assistant or independent small publisher; an in-house or freelance copyeditor (from technical and literary writing to educational, graphic, audio and transmedia texts); a professional author; a marketing assistant; a content advisor; a copywriter; a festival organiser; a cultural officer or programmer for a creative organisation; or a storyteller in the areas of creative nonfiction, fiction, gaming or transmedia.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Deploy flexible creative practices, tools and dispositions to confidently navigate dynamic professional contexts
2.1 Approach creative practice through deep engagement with a range of forms, traditions, processes, and generic possibilities
3.1 Apply critical understanding of the intercultural possibilities of creative and professional practice in local, national and global contexts
4.1 Reflect critically on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights and apply to professional capabilities to work with and for Indigenous peoples and communities across writing, publishing and editing
5.1 Contribute in a confident and informed manner to conversations about cultural and creative practice and industry and identify opportunities for cultural/creative leadership
6.1 Convey complex ideas clearly and effectively in professional contexts and to specialist and general audiences across a range of media formats

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who have not completed a bachelor's, master's, graduate diploma or graduate certificate qualification in any field of study (or overseas equivalent) may be considered eligible if they have:

  • Professional or creative experience in the field. Relevant experience is defined as work in the professional writing, editing and publishing industries or adjacent fields such as songwriting and screenwriting, communications, content management or advertising. This will be demonstrated through a CV including an educational and employment history with dates of employment, details of roles and responsibilities and major career and personal achievements. Applicants may also submit evidence of professional recognition such as achieving publication or working voluntarily in editorial, publishing or creative environments (e.g., writers’ festivals or editorial collectives) to support their application. A writing portfolio of no more than 3000 words or equivalent may be included.
  • Other post-secondary educational achievements which may include the satisfactory completion of non-award courses in writing, editing or publishing.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the course, demonstrated by submitting a personal statement which outlines the applicant’s interest in and knowledge of the course and careers, how the applicant’s experience and skills could be applied to the course, and the applicant’s understanding of the opportunities present in the emerging media industries.

If applicants do not submit these documents, their application may not be considered.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

This course totals 24 credit points, consisting of four 6-credit-point core subjects. Part-time students should undertake two 6-credit-point subjects a session, as per the typical course program.

Course completion requirements

57600 Creative Nonfiction Workshop 6cp
57601 Narrative and Creative Practices 6cp
57602 Professional Editing Practice 6cp
57603 Publishing Workshop 6cp
Total 24cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C11371

Course program

Students are strongly advised to follow the typical course program because of subject availability. Example programs for students undertaking the course part-time are shown below.

Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
57602 Professional Editing Practice   6cp
57601 Narrative and Creative Practices   6cp
Spring session
57603 Publishing Workshop   6cp
57600 Creative Nonfiction Workshop   6cp
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
57603 Publishing Workshop   6cp
57600 Creative Nonfiction Workshop   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57602 Professional Editing Practice   6cp
57601 Narrative and Creative Practices   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre:
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS www.ask.uts.edu.au

or Dr Andrew Pippos, Postgraduate Advisor in Writing, Editing and Publishing Andrew.Pippos@UTS.edu.au.