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

NEWS

  • Winter seminar 2017

    27 July 2017

    Managing your career – and yourself: smart strategies for time-poor editors Join us for a day of professional development on: Saturday 26 August 2017 – 8:30 AM for 8:45 AM start / 4:00 PM close Room 109, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, … Read more

  • Staff changes in IPEd national office

    5 March 2017

    New secretary for IPEd There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons. Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary … Read more

  • Society of Editors (WA) now closed

    4 March 2017

      Cancellation of incorporation The Editors WA branch committee received notice on 15 February 2017 that the Department of Commerce had approved the application by the Society of Editors (WA) to cancel incorporation and wind up. Cancellation of incorporation was … Read more

  • 8th IPEd National Editors Conference

    14 February 2017

    Expressions of interest have been called to present papers and workshops at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, to be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017. The conference program will be divided into three streams — technology, … Read more