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Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing)

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 units

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

About this course

Studying this Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) program through Open Universities Australia will equip you with the training to be able to write effectively in a range of different genres as well as media. You will gain understanding of different writing trends and practices and be able to recognise developments and opportunities in the arts, media and communications industries.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this graduate certificate program:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.; OR
  • Have relevant work experience as well as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Areas of study

In this graduate certificate program, you will study:

  • Research to publication
  • Publication folio part A
  • Publication folio part B
  • The writerly self
  • Electronic writing
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) from Swinburne University of Technology.

This graduate certificate course will give you specialist skills in business writing, creative writing and professional writing. You will have the valued skills and experience to be highly sought-after in corporate, government and creative organisations. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing) program, you may be able to progress to a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing) degree.

Curious about where a career in writing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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