The Master of Publishing degree equips candidates with the skills and knowledge required for book and magazine publishing (digital and print).
The 18-month degree (three semesters) offers both professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as providing a scholarly approach to the history of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions. Our units of study consider aspects of book, magazine and online editing; manuscript preparation; print and website production; publication design; marketing and understanding of the publishing business.
The course is aimed at students who wish to take up, or already occupy, career positions in publishing or in other organisations where an in-depth understanding of the publishing world would enhance their professional prospects.
It includes a competitive elective internship unit which is one of the capstone options. There is also an elective extracurricular anthology project so that graduates are equipped with real-world experience and have the opportunity to develop a portfolio. For those students not undertaking an internship, the capstone options are a professional project or an advanced audio or video project or a dissertation (two units - Dissertation Parts 1 and 2 completed across two semesters). The Masters is suited to people with little or no knowledge of publishing, as well as those already working within the industry. The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses provide shorter avenues to update and extend your professional skills, explore new career directions, or a pathway to the Masters. All degrees can be taken as full-time or part-time.
Six core units of study are available, of which students choose four: Editing and Proofreading; Publication Design; Book Publishing Business; Producing Books in the Digital Age; Making Magazines; Reading Magazines.
Students may enrol in 12 credit points of any postgraduate units outside of the Master of Publishing degree table. These may be taken from Media and Communications (MECO) electives with permission from the relevant degree director or from units of study offered by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or other faculties. Only 6 credit points may be taken from faculties outside of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
See also: Digital Communication and Cultures, Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic Public Relations.
Please refer to the course resolutions in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.
Candidates for the Master of Publishing are required to complete 72 credit points including:
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Publishing are required to complete 48 credit points including:
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Publishing are required to complete 24 credit points including:
Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.
|Level of prior learning||Full-time duration||Credit points to complete|
|Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate||1 year||48|
|AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant discipline||1 year||48|
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