Feedback - Paul Christopher Daniels - MA Publishing and an OICPS Scholarship
I decided that I wanted to study publishing whilst I was in my second year of my undergraduate degree. I previously study a BA Creative Brand Communications degree specialising in Copywriting in Cape Town, South Africa where I was born and lived up until now. I always wanted to go to England and so I decided that furthering my studies abroad would be a good way of learning about a new country, their culture and publishing processes from an international perspective. As my main publishing interest lies in magazines, I first started looking at specific courses in this area, but soon found that I was limited to where I could study and also limited to the knowledge I could gain in other areas of publishing.
I compared courses available and decided that Oxford Brookes University would be the perfect choice due to its world-class reputation, their perfect location, and also their excellent selection of elective modules available – and I would even be able to do a magazine publishing module over here!
As an international student, the only major issue for me was funding, so when I found out about the variety of scholarships available I jumped at this opportunity in order to allow me to realise my dream of studying here. I was very fortunate enough to be offered the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies Scholarship and for this I am extremely grateful as this scholarship allowed me to have one less worry as I made my move from South Africa to a new country.
Over the course of this degree, I have learnt and done so much. In October last year I attended the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany with my fellow students and lecturers and throughout the course we have listened to many talks and seminars held by industry professionals and had numerous opportunities to network and talk to people already working in the industry. The lecturers themselves are a vital asset to the course too: they come with years of experience and an enthusiasm for the subject that allows for engaging and insightful classes.
I am also very impressed with the way the course is presented. You are able to take in the theory and discuss it in class and then apply it and put into context in the seminars held after each lecture. Everything from editorial issues, to looking at production processes, using design software and gaining technical skills such as proofreading are all offered and extremely important to know when entering the industry.
I would highly recommend Oxford Brookes University’s MA Publishing course to all those considering studying this subject. The course has exceed my expectations and opened up a world of possibilities. So, if you’re looking for a world-class degree that’s fun, yet challenging and is in a beautiful city that is home to publishing then look no further – I can’t recommend it enough. As much as I’m not looking forward to leaving Brookes when I complete the course, I know that I will have a lifelong connection to this amazing institution and be ahead of the competition when I apply for work in the future.
Posted on 30 Mar 2011 around 8am