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Bath Spa University

Publishing: Editorial Design and the Web (Foundation degree)

If you are interested in books, magazines and websites and enjoy English, media studies and art and design then a degree in publishing might interest you. Whether you want to produce a magazine, book, leaflet, newsletter, exhibition catalogue or web content, you'll need to employ sound editorial and design skills to varying degrees depending on your exact role. This innovative, highly practical course will help you become the multi-skilled professional that today's rapidly changing publishing industry needs. If you are already working and producing published materials for perhaps a museum, business or local council, then this course can enhance your skills and teach you the latest techniques and software.
Duration 2 years Full Time
Level HE Level 1
Cost Fees for 2012 will be announced shortly. Bursaries of up to £1,200 available.
The foundation degree in Publishing at Bath Spa University is a very practical course which teaches you editing, design, page layout, copywriting, publicity and marketing, websites creation and content management, project management, and much more. Through set projects and exercises, and your own projects you'll learn the skills needed to work on books, magazines, leaflets and newsletters, exhibition or retail catalogues, or web content. There will also be the opportunity to undertake work placements in local and national publishers and organisations. A series of core modules provide a broad education in the contemporary print and online publishing industry, intended to provide you with vital background knowledge to increase your familiarity with the industry. This core course will also introduce you to other areas of publishing including marketing, copyright and contracts, and production management. All students are taught Graphic Design and Editorial modules in common to provide a shared foundation of skills and knowledge. These include: creative design principles, communication skills, text-editing techniques and online and print production methods. In your second year you will also be introduced to a range of business and presentation skills and have the opportunity to undertake a publishing work placement. There will be many opportunities for collaboration and hands-on experience working on live projects.
180-220 UCAS Tariff points (eg BB; CD + AS b). Minimum 80 points from Art, Design, English, IT, Media Studies, or a related subject preferred. National Diplomas, a portfolio of art and design, or Art Foundation course.
Contemporary Publishing 1: Contexts; Introduction to Visual Design; Editorial: Copywriting and Text Editing. Year 2 Modules: Contemporary Publishing 2: The Business of Publishing; Designing Visual Narratives; Editorial Product Development. At the end of the course you can go into the industry with your FD Publishing qualification or apply to take the third year of the university's BA (Hons) in Creative Writing, BA (Hons) Creative Media Practice or the BA (Hons) in Graphic Communication.
Contact Information
Institution Bath Spa University
School of Humanities and Cultural Industries,
Newton Park Campus, Newton St Loe,

Tel: (01225) 876268 (School of Humanities) (01225) 875433 (Admissions)
Fax: (01225) 875605
Department: School of Humanities and Cultural Industries, Bath Spa University,
Contact Name: Course Leader, Katharine Reeve / Course Leader (Design), Matthew Robertson
Contact Email: / (Design)