Education and training

A wide range of education and training courses is available in Western Australia for those who want to become editors. School leavers can undertake an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in editing; however, skills and knowledge may also be acquired from a major in English or writing, which are much more widely available. Those who are changing careers should consider a postgraduate degree or short course.

For more information on courses available in other parts of Australia visit the IPEd website.

 CourseProviderDescription
UndergraduateBachelor of Arts
Major: Professional writing and publishing
Curtin University
Location: Bentley
3 years FT
ATAR: 55.00
Bachelor of Arts
Minor: Editing and publishing
Edith Cowan University
Locations: Mount Lawley, Joondalup
3 years FT
ATAR: 55.00
Bachelor of Arts
Major: English and creative writing
Murdoch University
Location: South Street
3 years FT
ATAR: 70.00
Bachelor of Arts
Majors: English literature, journalism and media
University of Notre Dame
Location: Fremantle
3 years FT
Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Communication and media studies; English and cultural studies
University of Western Australia
Locations: Crawley, Albany
3 years FT
WACE: 80
Prerequisites: English
PostgraduateGraduate Certificate in EditingEdith Cowan University
Locations: Mount Lawley, Joondalup
1 year PT
Prerequisites: BA or 5 years professional experience
Graduate Certificate in Professional CommunicationCurtin University
Location: Bentley
6 months FT
Prerequisites: BA
Graduate Diploma in Professional CommunicationCurtin University
Location: Bentley
1 year FT
Prerequisites: BA or Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication
Master of Professional CommunicationCurtin University
Location: Bentley
18 months FT
Prerequisites: BA or Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication
Short coursesEditing and Proofreading SkillsInstitute of Public Administration Australia WA
Location: Perth CBD
1 day
Editing and ProofreadingScribe Consulting
Location: Perth
1 day
 CourseProviderDescription
UndergraduateCertificate of Arts
Major: Communications
Open Universities/Griffith UniversitySelf-managed
Diploma of Arts
Major: Communications
Open Universities/Griffith UniversitySelf-managed
Associate Degree of Arts
Major: writing
Southern Cross University2 years
ATAR: 45.00
Prerequisites: English
Bachelor of Arts
Major: Writing
Southern Cross University3 years
ATAR: 68.00
Prerequisites: English
Bachelor of Arts
Major: English
Open Universities Australia/Macquarie UniversitySelf-managed
Bachelor of Journalism
Majors: English, writing
Monash University3 years
ATAR: 84.50
Prerequisites: English
Bachelor of Media and Communications
Major: writing and publishing
University of New England3 years
ATAR: 72.55
Prerequisites: English
PostgraduateGraduate Certificate of CommunicationOpen Universities/Griffith UniversitySelf-managed
Graduate Certificate of Professional WritingDeakin University1 year PT
Prerequisites: BA or extensive professional experience
Graduate Certificate of Editing and Electronic PublishingMacquarie University1 year PT
Prerequisites: BA
Graduate Certificate in Editing and PublishingUniversity of Southern Queensland1 year FT
Prerequisites: BA
Graduate Certificate in WritingUniversity of New England6 months FT
Prerequisites: BA
Graduate Diploma of Professional WritingDeakin University1 year FT
Prerequisites: BA
Master of Arts (Editing and Publishing)University of Southern Queensland1 year FT
Prerequisites: BA
Master of Arts (Writing and Literature)Deakin University18 months FT
Prerequisites: BA
Master of CommunicationOpen Universities/Griffith UniversitySelf-managed
Short coursesCertificate in Professional Editing and ProofreadingOpen CollegesSelf-managed
2 years max.
Professional Editing and Proofreading CourseLifestyle Learning DirectSelf-managed
Professional Editing and Proofreading Advanced CourseLifestyle Learning DirectSelf-managed
Applied Copyediting and ProofreadingAustralian CollegeSelf-managed
1 year max.
Editing and PublishingAustralian CollegeSelf-managed
1 year max.
Advanced Editing and PublishingAustralian CollegeSelf-managed
1 year max.

PT = Part time
FT= Full time
ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
WACE = Western Australian Certificate of Education
BA = Bachelor of Arts

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