Thursday, May 3, 2012

Enter Book or Magazine Publishing After Just Two Semesters

Have you already successfully completed a post-secondary diploma or degree program and are looking to enter the book publishing or magazine publishing field? If so, you may want to consider applying to Centennial College’s two-semester Book and Magazine offering, which caters to mature learners that are seeking a program with an accelerated pace. In addition, Centennial College will also consider applicants presenting a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience. Applicants must attend a program admission session that includes editing exercises, presentation of a portfolio of writing and a resume.

Since being established in 1974, this program, which focuses on both book publishing and magazine publishing, holds several accolades for academic excellence and for the career success of its graduates. This is achieved in a variety of ways.

First and foremost, students who attend the book publishing and magazine publishing courses learn to integrate their creative, marketing and business skills into everything they do. Secondly, facets of the publishing process including e-books, are covered within the two semesters of the program. Some specific courses through which students obtain their skills include: Introduction to Publishing (offers a broad overview of book and magazine publishing to acquaint students with these two cultural industries); Book Marketing and Sales (emphasis is on two critical skills: communicating and selling. Students explore the course material through a variety of role-playing exercises, case studies, class presentations, and individual and group projects); Applications of Publishing Design (enables students to learn to apply the fundamental principles of graphic design for books and magazines. As well, the student will learn more of the creative prepress, and printing production processes normally applied to books and to magazines from initial concept to final printed product); and more.

To complement what they learn in their book publishing and magazine publishing courses, students participate in publishing On the Danforth, a twice-a-year magazine. Lastly, there is a six-week, full-time unpaid internship at a book or magazine publishing house. This field placement is arranged by program coordinator in consultation with the student, and takes place at the end of March until early May. It is the final course in the program. Please note that a minimum C grade is required in all courses for graduation.

In the world of magazine publishing and book publishing, companies such as Random House Canada, Toronto Life Magazine, Nelson Educational Publishings, Chatelaine Magazine, Harper Collins Canada, Outpost Magazine, McClelland & Stewart, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Profit Magazine are among some of the most well known book and magazine publishing companies in Canada. All of these places are also known for hiring graduates of Centennial College’s Book and Magazine Publishing program.

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