Publishing

Coursework

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 6 credit point Professional Project or a 6 credit point Advanced Media Project or a 12 credit point Dissertation (2 units completed across 2 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 available, of which students choose four: Editing and Proofreading; Publication Design; Publishing Business; Producing Books in the Digital Age; Making Magazines; Reading Magazines.

Master  of Publishing - book stream suggested cores and electives

The electives are suggested as appropriate for book publishing but not compulsory

SUGGESTED CORES SUGGESTED ELECTIVES

MECO6930 Publication Design

offered in S1C and S2C

MECO6936 Social Media Communication

offered in S1C only intensive

MECO6902 Legal and ethical issues in media practice

offered in S2C only

MECO6916 Editing and Proofreading

offered in S1C only

WRIT6001 Professional editing

offered S1C only

MECO6944 Manuscript acquisition and development

offered S2C only

MECO6937 Producing Books in the Digital Age

offered S1C only

MECO6924 Television and Video Journalism

offered S1C only

WRIT6000 Professional Writing

offered S2C only

MECO6917 Publishing Business

offered S2C only

MECO6943 Book Marketing and Sales

offered S1C only

MECO6941 Podcasting

offered S2C only

 

ENGL6984 Creative Non-fiction workshop

offered S1C only

ENGL6936 Writers at Work

offered S2C only

Master  of Publishing - magazine stream suggested cores and electives

The electives are suggested as appropriate for magazine publishing students but not compulsory

SUGGESTED CORES SUGGESTED ELECTIVES

MECO6916 Editing and Proofreading

offered in S1C only

MECO6900 News Writing

offered in S1C and S2C

MECO6902 Legal and ethical issues in media practice

offered in S2C only

ENGL6970 Reading Magazines

offered in S1C intensive only

WRIT6001 Professional editing

offered S1C only

MECO6915 Writing Features: narrative journalism

offered S2C only

MECO6930 Publication Design

offered S1C and S2C

MECO6938 The Interview

offered S1C intensive only

WRIT6000 Professional Writing

offered S2C only

MECO6914 Making Magazines

offered S1C and S2C

MECO6925 Online Journalism

offered S1C only

MECO6941 Podcasting

offered S2C only

 

MECO6924 Television and Video Journalism

offered S1C only

ENGL6936 Writers at Work

offered S2C only

 

MECO6936 Social Media Communication

offered S1C intensive only

 

Students may enrol in 12 credit points of any postgraduate units outside of the Master of Publishing degree table. These may be taken from MECO electives with permission from the relevant degree director or from units of study offered by FASS or other faculties. Only 6 credit points may be taken from faculties outside of FASS.

See also: Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic Public Relations, Digital Communication and Cultures

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the course rules in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Master of Publishing
Candidates for the Master of Publishing are required to complete 72 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study
  • at least 6 credit points of capstone units of study


Graduate Diploma in Publishing
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Publishing are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study


Graduate Certificate in Publishing
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Publishing are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 12 credit points from elective units of study


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

 

Contact

Contact details can be found on these websites:

Department of Media and Communications website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/
School of Literature, Art and Media website: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/slam/