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Graduate Certificate in Professional Editing

Course code: 4011 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertProfEdit ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

The preparation and release of publications and documentation in the professions invariably requires both a high degree of editorial competence and a sound knowledge of a discipline. Professionals know their work but the education they receive in their field does not prepare them to be a professional editor. Professional publishing (of journals and books in print or electronic form) employs graduates of a wide variety of the professional disciplines, not just the humanities. This program equips trained professionals from a wide variety of fields to undertake publishing ventures and to enter the publishing industries

In particular, this course offers the component of professional education in editing to graduates who are about to begin their professional career, or to those who want to develop special skills in editing for professional purposes.

Course objectives

On completion of this course students should: 1. be able to apply the skills of a professional editor to a variety of practical publishing situations; 2. be able to further develop his/her skills as professional editor; 3. have the ability to critically review standard editorial style guides and production manuals; 4. understand the role of the professional editor in the development of complex electronic publications; 5. undertake the role of the senior or managing editor in a variety of publishing situations; 6. undertake the responsibilities of the professional editor in the management of publishing projects and, for this purpose, in-house or freelance editors, designers, illustrators and book production staff; 7. be able to scrutinise and consider codes of publishing practice and newly evolving formal statements of editorial standards.

Minimum pass grade

Student must maintain a minimum credit average (60 ~ )

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete two compulsory six point units and one compulsory 12-point unit, being a total of 24 points.

  • PUB4020 Professional copy editing (6 points)
  • PUB4008 The professional editor (6 points)
  • PUB4007 Advanced editing (12 points)


Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Professional Editing with at least a credit may apply to advance to the Graduate Diploma of Publishing and Editing.

Course coordinator

Dr David Dunstan