School of Art, Design and Architecture

BA (Hons) Publishing

Discover the breadth of publishing, from authors to apps, from children’s picture books to e-books to magazines, whilst developing research and study skills. Structured to introduce the business and practice of publishing including editing, proofreading, design, production, sales and digital marketing. An industry focused degree with a view to employment in the creative world of publishing. This is the only undergraduate BA (Hons) Publishing course in the region.

The course works with the Publishers Association and major publishing employers to ensure the relevance of study, ensuring a smooth path between education and graduate employment. Students work on live projects with the in-house University of Plymouth Press.

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Careers with this subject

Entry level employment includes book, magazine and journal publishing; in print and digital. Roles include editorial assistant, sub-editor, sales and production assistant, international rights. Editing and proofreading are popular freelance choices, along with design and page make-up.

Key features

  • Explore the international context of publishing through the work of writers, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers and artists.
  • Benefit from lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations, with a wealth of guest speakers from all aspects of the industry.
  • Gain the experience that employers are looking for by attending practical workshops, completing case studies and attending a work placement in a publishing company in the final year.
  • Build practical skills with a course that includes hands-on learning, delivered by staff who are active in the subjects they teach, culminating in a major publishing project in the final year.
  • Supplement your academic studies with field trips that will give you access to unique insights into the industry.
  • Undertake projects with the University of Plymouth Press.
  • Progress to an established MA Publishing degree.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • BAPU413 The Publishing Story

      This four-week module provides an important foundation where students are introduced to publishing history and its relationship to contemporary contexts. It explores basic principles including concepts, authorship, design and image required to achieve a publication. It introduces the importance of writing, literary influence, sustainability and creative interpretation as well as research and study skills including project work and collaboration.

    • BAPU423 The Book

      The module examines book publishing. It explores the origin and nature of books and the emergence of the role of publisher. It examines the changing face of book publishing, from traditional methods to new digital formats. It also explores how publishers identify, commission and present content. It includes bookmaking, in respect of design, format, editing and images alongside practical skills and software. Key market sectors of book publishing are introduced.

    • BAPU433 The Magazine

      The module examines magazine publishing and magazine media brands. It explores the origin and nature of magazines and the role of magazine publisher. It examines the changing face of magazine publishing, from traditional methods to new digital formats. It also explores how magazine publishers identify, commission and present content. It includes magazine design, format, editing and images alongside practical skills and software. Key market sectors of magazine publishing are introduced.

    • CART400PP Conscience (Communicating an Ethical Message)

      Students explore `Big Picture' ethical / sustainability issues in contemporary society. A real-world problem is researched / established through collaboration across Subject areas and students explore different visual responses through critical evaluation of each other's practice. Students are encouraged to consider future, holisticism, conscience, caring, imagining, listening, mindfulness, contemplation, soul, spirituality, grace and nourishing and important to ethical understanding.

    • PUBL401 What is Publishing?

      An introduction to all aspects of publishing and the publishing industry: the breadth of products and platforms including books, magazines, journals ¿ analogue and digital. An introduction to careers in the industry across all genres, including editing, copy-editing, design, marketing within an international environment.

    • PUBL402 Publishing: design and production

      This module considers how the appropriate use of typeface and image can be used to interpret, present and promote a publication. It will also explore principles such as structure, layout, hierarchy, pace and typographic detailing that are required to achieve a coherent and readable publication. Students will also be given an introduction to relevant image and page formatting software.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA Hons Publishing Programme Specification 2017 18 5840

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112

A level 
A minimum of 2 A levels, excluding General Studies.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
DMM. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

All access courses
Pass a named Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferably art and design or combined), with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction.

GCSE
Mathematics and English language grade C.

Other
Equivalent qualifications may be considered.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

BA (Hons) Publishing brings a broad range of creative activities that reflect the contemporary publishing industry.

Publishing is one of the UK's largest creative industries and one that requires graduates who can think creatively across a range of media platforms. It is concerned with the creation and content of published product in many forms and genres: book history, cultural studies, new media, and writing and editing practices.

This course comprises the practical, technical and industry skills that are prerequisites for employment in the field of publishing, that are also transferable to a number of careers such as magazine journalism, the media, and marketing.

BA (Hons) Publishing students can combine design and literary interest, creativity and knowledge with practical and technical skills in print and digital media.

 As the publishing industry encompasses a range of sectors including analogue and digital books, magazines and journals, it requires employees who can think imaginatively across a range of media platforms, who have a precise command of language, a knowledge of the relationship between image and text and an interest in cultural context – all essential characteristics found in publishing graduates.

The Publishers Association: 

“In recent years there has been a large increase in the range of courses available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering the opportunity to study the industry in depth and acquire relevant practical skills. Attaining a BA or MA in Publishing substantially increases the chances [of employment]”.

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