Information Studies


INST0049 - Publishing Skills

Publishing Skills is designed to give students exposure to key skills areas for publishing, including a working knowledge of the capabilities and uses for core software packages. Classes introduce design concepts across editorial, production and marketing, whilst significant lab time will allow you to explore the available learning materials and practice their creative application.

The module will include technical training and self-directed learning in InDesign, Nielsen Bookscan and other relevant publishing software packages. Students will learn about the importance of metadata and challenges in the online world. In addition students will learn about copyediting, and proofreading (including page layout and design).

Masterclasses from expert guest speakers will supplement foundational knowledge and introduce additional skills areas or types of software used by publishers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of document creation software (InDesign) functionality and the basic principles of design.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of book design and layout, and also of wider design tasks within the contemporary publishing industry.
  • Develop a working understanding of the types of digital software and practical skills which may be required within a core publishing department (editorial, production, sales and marketing).

Assessment: A portfolio of skills evidence, and the submission of a reflective report on your learning and development across the module of no more than 3000 words.

Terms 1 and 2: Compulsory for students on the MA in Publishing programme.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module.

Module leader: Daniel Boswell

Further information for students currently taking this module