Graduate Certificate in Publishing

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing degree, accredited by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), equips you with the skills required for book, magazine, digital and online publishing. This degree offers both professional training with direct vocational applications, as well as a scholarly approach to the history of publishing, its cultural significance and changing directions.

The Graduate Certificate in Publishing 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.

You will have the opportunity to study aspects of book, magazine and online editing; manuscript preparation; print and website production; publication design; and marketing. This range of study provides you with both hands-on production skills and an in-depth understanding of how our culture consumes print and online content.

You will have the option of selecting an elective internship unit as well as an extra-curricular anthology project. This means our graduates are equipped with real world experience, professional network connections and the opportunity to develop a portfolio.

Within the spectrum of book, magazine and online publishing, career areas can include editing and proof reading; publication design and layout; literary agent or publicist; or creative, non-fiction or professional writer. Our course is taught by current industry professionals with extensive experience in book, magazine and online publishing.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Certificate in Publishing requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp). Graduate Certificate courses may include core or compulsory units of study. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The courses are aimed at students who wish to take up, or already occupy, career positions in publishing or other organisations where an in-depth understanding of publishing would enhance their professional prospects. Those who already hold publishing skills will broaden their knowledge to acquire an overview of production and management processes qualifying them for promotion. Recent humanities graduates can gain practical knowledge through work placement and production units.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Publishing requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) evidence of 3 years equivalent professional experience in a relevant field.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Publishing.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Publishing.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.