DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
$9,000 (2019 annual)
Next intakeNot applicable
Translating refers to the written transfer of meaning from one language into another. For hundreds of years, the practice of translating has connected people of different cultures. Being able to communicate across cultures is still a vital skill in our increasingly global society.
Professional translators provide services for government and private agencies, translating documents for diplomatic, legal and business activities. Translators can also help with vital communication in many public service settings such as health information and legal processes.
RMIT is a leader in delivering translator training programs that produce work-ready graduates.
The Advanced Diploma of Translating is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
In the Advanced Diploma of Translating, you will learn to translate one of these languages:
RMIT is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to offer the Advanced Diploma in Translating in a number of other languages subject to interest and minimum numbers.
Please contact us to express interest in these languages:
You need to be fluent in the language you select and may be required to demonstrate your knowledge prior to entry into the program.
This program is flexible in its delivery and creates a range of opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills.
RMIT has developed training materials such as study guides, sample practice materials and readers to further support your learning.
You will participate in class learning activities including:
- translation projects
- translation reviews
- group discussions
- pair and individual work
- simulations of real-life job assignments
- computer-aided translation
RMIT translating programs use Wordfast in training students on Computer Assisted Translation tools.
Assessment may include:
- written work such as quizzes, assessment reports and reflective journals
- delivery of research/project presentations
- practical demonstrations in translation labs
- translation tasks
- minor typesetting and formatting of translations
All units are delivered in English and some units may have bilingual activities and assessment tasks
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will participate in simulated translation assignments that reflect real-life practice and you will be given feedback on your performance against industry standards.
Members of teaching staff are all NAATI-accredited and bring a wealth of experience, current knowledge and skills into the classes. Through this connection students are exposed to the most up-to-date translation practice to address the translation needs arising from sectors such as business, legal, medical and community services.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You’ll complete six core courses and six elective courses.
You'll prepare to translate in complex settings by learning:
- theoretical approaches
- transfer skills
- discourse analysis strategies
- the translating of multimedia materials
- computer-assisted translation tools
- professional practice issues
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1 semester full time - 1 year part time
1 semester full time
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Program code: C6133
National curriculum code: PSP61012
Demand for independent professional translators is increasing due to high levels of interaction between people and cultures as a result of globalised economies, advanced technology and migration.
Graduates work as contractors to translating agencies or in public and private sector organisations, or practice as freelancers. You will be prepared to work in domains that include legal, business, health, education and a wide range of community services.
Possible job titles may include:
- professional translator
- communications officer
- localisation specialist
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) at the professional level, which is well regarded in the international employment market.
If you successfully graduate and complete selected units at a level required by NAATI standards, you will be eligible to be recommended to NAATI for the professional translator accreditation.
You must pass a bilingual intake test.
The test requires you to translate and interpret passages of text from English to LOTE and LOTE to English. Where translation to LOTE is not possible, this will be done via an interview.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Translating with a GPA of 3.0 or higher gain guaranteed entry into one of the following programs (subject to certain criteria) and are eligible for exemptions:
- Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology
- Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
Graduates of the RMIT Advanced Diploma of Translating who also have a Bachelor degree or relevant industry experience and meet the entry requirements are eligble for exemptions in the:
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
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