Learn about the exciting and fast-moving publishing industry with the Publishing MA from City. From research-led assignments to digital content development, we will give you an extensive range of modern skills and knowledge required to succeed in this fascinating and constantly changing global industry. London is the global heart of the publishing industry, and this MA makes the most of its London location to bring you a commercially and professionally applied programme. You will learn directly from past and present industry professionals how publishing is continuing to evolve alongside the digital revolution. Our programme gives you an applied understanding of how physical and digital texts are conceived, developed and marketed. This MA looks at the different sectors of the publishing industry, including commercial fiction and non-fiction publishing, children’s publishing, education and academic publishing. Your learning will be directly influenced by your own publishing interests, allowing you to write assignments focused on a topic and sector of the industry of your choice. The MA looks at the big challenges facing the industry, from diversity to sustainability, and, crucially, helps students to build their creativity and innovation skills, to better equip them for the world of work. Together with research-led and industry-led analytical assignments, you will develop key publishing skills in print and digital publishing that are core to most entry-level jobs in publishing.
You will learn through lectures, project work, student-led projects and presentations, workshops, online learning and research, preparation of submitted work, site visits and discussions. Your final module is a substantial Major Project, which can include an approved industry project. Visiting lecturers from the industry contribute to the programme throughout the teaching year, and in many cases directly support your project work. A standard module consists of 20 timetabled hours in a combination of lectures, groupwork sessions and supervised project work. Each module also requires substantial study hours towards both individual and group assessments. Core modules
- Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits)
- The Role of Editorial and Production: Managing Authors, Lists and Intellectual Property (15 credits)
- Digital Publishing (15 credits)
- Publishing History and Culture (15 credits)
- Working in Publishing: Professional Placements, Skills & Development(15 credits)
- How to Make a Book: Creating & Developing Content in Print (15 credits)
- The Power of Publishing: Strategy, Diversity & Sustainability (15 credits)
- Understanding Globalisation & International Publishing (15 credits)
- Digital Product Innovation (15 credits)
- Constituting Identities (15 credits)
- Imagined Communities (15 credits)
- Literary Cartographies (15 credits)
- Genre in Context (15 credits)
- Theorising Women’s Writing (15 credits)
- Text and Image (15 credits)
- Climate Futures: Writing the Environment(15 credits)
Summative assessment of the programme outcomes occurs across the eight 15-credit modules 4 and 60-credit Major Project component. Individual modules deploy a range of assessment methods which include analytical essays; examinations; assessed group and individual projects, presentations with supporting research; portfolios; professionally realistic submissions, including marketing and business plans; research-based assignments; and a substantial Major Project (which can take the form of a professional project or research dissertation, or a combination of shorter professional and research elements). Most 15-credit modules offer an individual assessment (which can be an essay, or a submission in a professional format) plus a group assignment (in which peer assessment of your contribution is likely be considered in the allocation of marks; and which may offer credit for the appropriateness of the presentation in addition to research and knowledge).
You should have: an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution; evidence of a commitment to a career in publishing (such as experience within bookselling or publishing, voluntary or professional experience on a publication); or evidence of research into current industry conditions. You are also encouraged to apply if you have relevant professional experience.
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