Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.

Higher Education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required).

Secondary Education

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

VET Studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course.

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

The Curtin University Professional Writing and Publishing degree prepares students for writing careers in the private, public and creative sectors through the study and practice of a range of different writing forms, including feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, travel writing, history, humour, writing for the internet, promotional writing, creative non-fiction and media releases. In the Visual Culture major students explore the history and theories of art and learn to critically evaluate how art informs our world. Students are also trained in practices of seeing and representation through technical and intuitive skills based in drawing.

Professional Writing and Publishing

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  2. integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  3. access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  4. effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purposes
  5. use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills
  6. use and reflect on disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop autonomous learning, and apply these insights to writing in a range of different professional contexts
  7. acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on professional writing and publishing
  8. recognise and value the diversity of cultural knowledge and practices, taking care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  9. work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative, creative and ethical professional writing that is appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts.

Visual Culture

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply discipline knowledge of critical discourses within art and design; contribute to evidence based practice through visual research
  2. think critically and reflectively by incorporating creativity within the research and articulation of visual culture
  3. critically evaluate visual culture, technology, practices and literature relevant to the discipline, synthesise information from a range of sources
  4. demonstrate effective visual, spoken and written communication appropriate to art and design critical discourses
  5. use and discern visual and other technologies appropriate to the understanding of contemporary art and design
  6. sustain an engagement with visual culture and creative industries through self-directed ongoing learning skills
  7. recognise the significance of disparate international visual art and design practices in the development of local and national professional contemporary visual cultural production
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity through visual language; respect individuals from all cultures; develop cross-cultural collaborations that foster innovation and diversity in art and design
  9. work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating art and design professional practice and leadership skills.

Graduates will have opportunities in research, writing, editing and publishing in government and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations and the magazine and book industries. Graduates find employment in a wide range of fields, especially where initiative, creative thinking and critical awareness are valued. Many graduates rise to prominence as individual or collaborative professional art practitioners, while others are employed as art curators, exhibition coordinators and arts administrators in both public and private organisations.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

Recommended Study Pattern

To complete the degree as a full time student, a maximum of two subjects per Study Period is recommended.

Level 1 BA (Professional Writing and Publishing and Visual Culture) - complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core subject)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core subject)
  • PWP110 Introduction to Writing (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)
  • PWP121 Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)
  • VAR11 Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing (Visual Culture major subject)
  • VIS19 Issues in Contemporary Art (Visual Culture major subject)

Level 2 and level 3

Single Major BA (Professional Writing and Publishing)
Complete four level two and four level three Professional Writing and Publishing major subjects

AND

Single Major BA (Visual Culture)
Complete four level two and four level three Visual Culture major subjects

The Bachelor of Arts degree incorporates a progressive structure of subjects designed to build knowledge and enable you to successfully progress through the degree.

Award Requirements

To obtain the award for the BA (Professional Writing and Publishing and Visual Culture) students must complete a total of 24 subjects as follows:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • VAR100 Art and Design Fundamentals (core subject)
  • VIS18 Introduction to History of Art and Design (core subject)
  • Ten Professional Writing and Publishing Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Ten Visual Culture Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3

The following criteria also apply:

  • The combined Professional Writing and Publishing and Visual Culture structure does not allow for electives.
  • You must complete the degree within 10 years.
  • You must complete at least eight Curtin University subjects where Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.