If you’ve always wanted to write a novel or a screenplay, are interested in writing for digital media, or would like to use your gap year to develop your writing skills and get a headstart on your future career, our professional writing and editing course is for you.

At our City campus you’ll study under the guidance of experienced teachers, all of whom are published writers and experts in their field. Our highly practical professional writing and editing course is designed to help you develop and extend your writing skills. You’ll learn core computing and editing skills, and study writing subjects such as:

  • short story
  • non-fiction
  • fiction
  • screenwriting
  • novel writing
  • journalism

Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur.




National Code 22203VIC
Study Areas Writing & Editing
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 1 year
PT: flexible options available

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses City


Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,023.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $605.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,835.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $232.50
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 1 year (2-3 days on campus per week - see sample timetable under Course Structure)

Part time: Flexible timetable options available

City

Students are required to have high level core English writing skills and a strong interest in literature

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

You can apply for any number of diploma or university degree programs

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

This course may improve your prospects for gaining employment in many fields. You may also go on to become a published writer of fiction or non-fiction.

To gain the Certificate IV of Professional Writing and Editing, you must successfully complete 12 units (6 core and 6 electives).  Note: the current Certificate IV has been superceded and there may be changes in units being delivered in 2020. All students continuing in 2020, will be transitioned to the new course.

Following is the 2019 Timetable (subject to change)

Semester 1

(18 February – 5 April)

(22 April – 21 June)

Tuesday

Wednesday

CUAIND301A – Work effectively in the creative arts industry (core)

CUFCMP301A – Implement copyright arrangements (core)

9.30am – 12.00pm

VU20882 – Write non-fiction material (core) 

9.30am – 12.00pm

VU20888 – Write journalism (elective)

1.00pm – 5.00pm

VU20881 – Write fiction material (core)

VU20883 – Write short narratives (elective)

1.00pm – 5.00pm

Semester 2

(22 July – 20 September)

(7 October – 22 November)

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

EDITING

VU20880 – Develop writing and editing skills (core)

10.00am – 4.00pm (60 min lunch) (5 hrs)

Computer Skills for Writers

BSBITU303A – Design and produce text documents (core)

9.30am – 1.00pm (3.5 hrs)

Screenwriting

VU20890 – Write short scripts 

9.30am – 12.30pm (3 hrs)

Writing Workshop 1

CUVPRP301A – Produce creative work

CUVRES401A – Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

1.30pm – 5.30pm (4 hrs)

Writing Workshop 2

VU20884 – Write long narratives

VU20886 – Write for young children

1.30pm – 5.30pm (4 hrs)

 

 

Core

Code

Title

Hours

BSBITU303A DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS 90.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and develop predominantly text based documents using advanced features of word processing software.

CUFCMP301A IMPLEMENT COPYRIGHT ARRANGEMENTS 20.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to implement individual or collaborative copyright arrangements. This unit is related to CUFCMP501A Manage and exploit copyright arrangements. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

VU20880 DEVELOP WRITING AND EDITING SKILLS 120.0

This unit covers the knowledge and skills in the use of the English language for writing and editing tasks. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proofreading and editing skills.

VU20881 WRITE FICTION MATERIAL 50.0

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to write fiction material such as, narratives, dialogue, genre and poetry. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proof reading and editing skills.

VU20882 WRITE NON-FICTION MATERIAL 50.0

This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to write non-fiction material such as, feature articles, obituaries, reviews and advertorials. It also includes the use of appropriate punctuation, as well as basic proof reading and editing skills.

CUAIND301A WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY 50.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the creative arts industry. These include relationship building, negotiation techniques, work prioritisation and personal development.

Electives

Code

Title

Hours

CUVRES401A RESEARCH HISTORY AND THEORY TO INFORM OWN ARTS PRACTICE 70.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research history and theory for application to artistic practice.

CUVPRP301A PRODUCE CREATIVE WORK 45.0

This unit describes the performance outcomes skills and knowledge required to plan and produce creative work in any media through the exploration of ideas and techniques.

VU20883 WRITE SHORT NARRATIVES 70.0

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VU20884 WRITE LONG NARRATIVES 70.0

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VU20886 WRITE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN 70.0

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VU20888 WRITE JOURNALISM 70.0

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VU20890 WRITE SHORT SCRIPTS 70.0

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Last updated: June 17, 2019 11:00am