Writing and Editing Creative Writing Professional Screenwriting Professional Writing and Editing
Choose your own adventureHave you always wanted to be a writer? Or do you just love tinkering with other peoples words?
Regardless of your goals personal or professional RMIT has a suite of contemporary, specialist programs from which you can choose. These are up-to-date and timely writing courses that respond to a changing industry.
Across these programs, RMIT teachers are experienced practitioners with strong industry connections. They nurture your passion for writing and editing, help you develop and hone your skills, and offer personal guidance for your creative and collaborative projects.
Guest writers, editors and publishing and screen professionals regularly attend classes and seminars. They give you vital industry knowledge and open up a world of networking opportunities.
During the 2016 and 2017 Emerging Writers festivals in Melbourne, a cross-disciplinary team of RMIT writers, editors and designers collaborated to produce nine issues of a dynamic daily newspaper.
Led by RMITs non/fictionLab and Bowen Street Press, The Gazette was published over the 11 days of the Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in print and online by students from the Creative Writing, Design Communication, Photography, Professional Communication, Journalism, Applied Science, and Professional Writing and Editing disciplines.
The students were organised into roles simulating an old fashioned news room, only with laptops and a high-speed risograph printer replacing typewriters and printing presses.
An agile editorial team and on-the-ground reporters were integrated into the vertical studio structure, bringing together associate degree, graduate diploma, undergraduate, masters and higher degree research students into an intensive collaborative environment working to real-life deadlines.
Industry partners and connections
Located in the heart of literary Melbourne, RMIT works with industry partners to offer fellowships and work-integrated learning opportunities. RMIT students move from in-house publications and events, to external festivals and job opportunities.
Close relationships exist with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Writers Victoria, Australian Writers Guild, Institute of Professional Editors, non/fictionLab, and Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Program (WrICE).
Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) Master of Writing and Publishing
Author, Ironbark, shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premiers Unpublished Manuscript Award and contracted by Scribe Publications.
RMITs writing programs connect with and complement each other. Students often build a pathway through these programs to gain a broad set of skills and understanding of the industry.
I first studied the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing and then the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) at RMIT, before finally enrolling in the Master of Writing and Publishing.
RMITs hands-on, practical approach appealed to me as the best way to develop my skills and see my craft in action.
Above: a selection of published works by RMIT graduates.
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
C5314 City 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
VTAC 3200373264 NCC 22091VIC Selection task (see below)rmit.edu.au/programs/c5314
This communication-based program will develop skills vital for success in todays workplace. Here youll learn to use written text and images to help you inform, persuade, instruct and explain.
Youll learn how to edit your own work and that of your colleagues or clients with greater accuracy. You will apply those skills to a wide range of business applications, in print and online, so that key messages are heard and understood.
Upskill your careerEmployment opportunities for trained professional writers and editors are strong. Youll be able to gain communications or editing work within the corporate, education, cultural or government sectors, or in the growing field of social media marketing. Graduates may go on to work as writers, editors, researchers, communications officers or media content managers.
Flexible deliveryThis flexible program is designed to suit your needs. The timetable has day, evening and weekend offerings, and two units are delivered online. Assessment is ongoing throughout the program and comes in various forms including written workplace documents, oral presentations, and practical individual and group projects.
PathwaysGraduates may apply to study the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing or the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) and, if successful in gaining entry, they may gain exemptions from some courses.
Entry requirements Selection taskPre-selection kit: Submit by Friday 8 December 2017. Non-Year 12 applicants who wish to be considered for Early Round must submit by Thursday 28 September 2017.VTAC applicants: https://rmit.service-now.com/rmit-apply/vtacRMIT current or recent students: when you submit your direct application you will receive an email prompt to complete the selection kit.Interview: Applicants required to attend an interview will be contacted in November. Interviews will be held in November/December 2017. Overseas or interstate applicants who are unable to attend must email email@example.com by 5pm Friday 24 November 2017 for alternative arrangements. Advisory emails will be sent to applicants in late December 2017. Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and will receive an advisory letter in November 2017.Pre-selection kit: an applicant statement outlining your interests in writing
and editing for the workplace (maximum 500 words) and
a 1000-word sample of writing. Non-fiction or factual writing is preferred.
any other material to support your application, e.g. a list of any published work, CV, written references, a URL linking to a website or blog, etc.
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (Business)
I have gained many of the practical skills I will need to open my own freelance writing business, but more importantly, the confidence to make it happen.
How many contact hours are required per week?
Full-time: approximately 16 contact hours per week depending on how you organise your enrolment.
Are evening classes available?
Classes are offered at night as well as during the day. Some weekend offerings are also available.
How many students are in each class?
The average is between 20 and 25.
Is there a work placement?
There are industry-set briefs which simulate real work problems and issues.
Will I require extra materials and how much do they cost?
There will be a charge for printing and photocopying.
Do I need my own computer or any other special equipment or software?
RMIT strongly recommends that you have your own computer. However, you may use computers in RMIT libraries and access computer lab facilities on campus.
Find out more about this program: rmit.edu.au/programs/c5314
Advanced Diploma in Professional Screenwriting
C6160 City 2 years full-time VTAC 3200372854 NCC 10678NAT ATAR Not Published
Develop your storytelling and screenwriting skills in a challenging, creative and supportive environment.
In this program you will acquire an in-depth understanding of the screen industry, both locally and internationally. You will access RMITs extensive resources to experiment, innovate and collaborate with other media students on industry-related projects. You will also identify employment opportunities and make important industry contacts, because this program is where filmmakers and production companies look for trained, talented and creative new writers.
Two years of practical learningIn your first year youll gain a comprehensive grounding in writing for film, television and digital media. Then in your second year youll develop your own creative strengths through specialist training across a wide range of genres. Youll learn about the local and international film and television industries, as well as how to work professionally, market your projects and manage your career.
Get your work producedRMIT actively seeks real-life projects for students. You will write and produce at least one short film and an episode of a web series in collaboration with a director and RMIT television production students. In 2017, RMIT partnered with Ruby Entertainment, and students pitched and submitted short horror scripts for a proposed TV series.
Write yourself into the scriptGraduates can expect to work in diverse roles, including screenwriting, script editor and script supervisor, across the screen and media industries. The need for screenwriters has increased with the growth of on-demand entertainment, curated content, and corporate, educational and advertising media.
PathwaysGraduates may apply for credit towards the following degrees:
Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)
Bachelor of Communication (Media)
Entry requirements Selection taskPre-selection kit: All applicants must complete and submit the RMIT University Screenwriting pre-selection kit by 29 September 2017. Non-Year 12 applicants who wish to be considered for Early Round must submit by Thursday 28 September 2017, all other applicants must