What will I learn?

The Master of Arts is ideal if you want to extend your skills and critical capacity in one of its discipline areas, add a new area of expertise to your repertoire, or if you are new to the arts and are looking for a career change.

The course is hands-on with a strong practical, industry and arts community focus, preparing you for a career in creative and professional practice. You will be taught by industry and academic experts who can pass on their insights and experience, and connect you to relevant industries and creative communities.

The Professional Writing and Publishing major teaches professional writing skills for working in corporate communications and media. These skills can be applied to employment in government, business and industry, the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations, and the magazine and book industries.

In this course you will learn to write effective non-fiction, and discover how to capture and express an organisation’s identity, aspirations and endeavours. You will learn about specialised genres and conventions of professional communication, and receive advanced instruction in research, writing, editing and publishing.

In your second year, you’ll undertake a major project and have an opportunity to practice your skills and develop your portfolio through an internship with a professional organisation.

The Professional Writing and Publishing major is offered as part of the Master of Arts, a hands-on course with a strong practical and industry focus, to prepare you for a career in creative practice.

High-achieving students have the option to progress to doctoral-level study.

How this course will make you industry ready

All majors allow you to undertake an internship which can provide you with valuable work experience and a networking opportunity to advance your career.

In these streams you’ll be taught communication, interpersonal and research skills that will be appreciated by employers in the media industry. You may also be offered the use of modern media production equipment and facilities, and guidance by staff to help develop your ability to prepare content across print, broadcast and online media platforms. Our units have a strong practical and industry focus, which means you’ll be prepared for the workforce or creative practice.

You may also have access to a range of purpose-built student facilities and creative outlets, including the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin FM 100.1, Grok magazine, Hayman Theatre, the John Curtin Gallery, the Western Independent online student newspaper and an industry-standard television studio.

Career information

This course can help you become a:

  • Public Servant - Australian Public Service
  • Public Servant - State Government
  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Editor

You may also find opportunities in:

  • Arts media
  • Corporate writing
  • Editing for business
  • Government and not-for-profit communications
  • Freelance/consulting
  • Marketing communications
  • Advertising/copywriting.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

CRICOS

098146E

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,400.00 (US$ 19,244) per year
Indicative year 1 fee: USD $29,600 for 2020

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020

Venue

Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,

BENTLEY,

Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to qualify for one of our postgraduate coursework programs: Completed a bachelor degree awarded by a recognised tertiary institution. Some postgraduate courses may require a completed bachelor degree in a relevant field. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking; C2 Proficiency (CPE)- 190 with 176 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

For international students

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to qualify for one of our postgraduate coursework programs: Completed a bachelor degree awarded by a recognised tertiary institution. Some postgraduate courses may require a completed bachelor degree in a relevant field.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Writing, Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 6.0; Overall band score: 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79 Overall; Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Curtin College
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About this uni

Curtin is placed in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017.

  • Among top 20 global young universities
  • Campuses around the globe
  • Offers international students scholarship opportunities