Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications)

Course 095EC (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Bryony Cosgrove
School of Culture and Communication



The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Course Overview: The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications) is designed to combine instruction and practical experience in editing and publishing with analysis of publishing in its cultural, technological and commercial contexts. The course is suitable for graduates seeking careers in publishing and communications, and for people currently working in these fields who wish to consolidate their skills and broaden their industry knowledge.

Students who successfully complete the postgraduate diploma should have:

  • a strong grounding in editorial principles and methods across a range of media and genres;
  • a practical grasp of the use of computers in editing and publishing for print and digital media;
  • an analytical overview of the organisation and operation of the publishing industries in Australia and the Asia Pacific region;
  • high level oral and written communication skills for business and professional contexts; and
  • developed skills in researching, writing and thinking critically about processes of change in the publishing and communications industries.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • two compulsory subjects
  • a minimum of four optional subjects
  • a maximum of two additional subjects

Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject Options:

Compulsory subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2

Optional subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
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Additional subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree with at least H2B (70%) in a relevant discipline, or equivalent.

Admission process

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Further Study: Students who successfully complete the postgraduate diploma may be eligible to enter the Master of Publishing and Communications (100 point program).
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