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Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

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Learn the publishing process by working on real books with real publishing clients. Work as a publishing team as you gain skills in editing, project management, typesetting and publicity for print and digital media. Benefit from regular industry speakers and complete two work placements in publishing companies.

What you will learn

This highly-regarded programme is the only full-time training course for publishing in New Zealand. Developed and run in partnership with the industry, the Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied) is modelled on an apprenticeship. It focuses on practical experience and industry contacts.

All tutors are practitioners in the publishing industry. Students attend work placements in publishing firms. Guest speakers include publishers, print and web editors, eBook creators, designers, sales reps, publicists, booksellers and authors.

In addition, students on the programme each take a manuscript through to publication, dealing with every aspect from developing the idea to selling the product.

The programme covers:

  • Planning and promoting a publication (through manuscript assessment, market research, costing, scheduling, marketing and distribution)
  • Production, from idea to printed or digital publication (through writing, editing, typesetting, and supervision of design and print)

Entry criteria

Degree, or evidence of relevant work experience, along with successful completion of the selection process

Selection criteria

Students who meet the entry requirements will be selected on the basis of their academic skills, the strength of their written applications and how well they score in the interview.

The written application assesses:

  • written communication skills
  • computer competency
  • ability to contribute to a team environment
  • experience in and/or commitment to working in publishing or editing roles

The interview assesses:

  • oral communication skills
  • professional presentation
  • ability to contribute thoughtfully to a discussion about publishing
  • evidence of research into and understanding of the area in which they wish to pursue a career

English Language Requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall with no sub-score less than 5.5

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

Cambridge English Test - FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 50

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

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