Come and study at one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world, where the undergraduate programme covers all aspects of this high-profile creative industry. The programme at Oxford Brookes is number one in the Sunday Times University Guide rankings for Communications and Information Studies
Some of our feedback
‘I went to college in the United States for a semester before coming here but I wasn’t satisfied with my publishing course. So I got online and searched for the best undergraduate English-language Publishing programme in the world. I found Oxford Brookes.’ - Taylor Leonard, BA Publishing
'Brookes has given us some fabulous employees. From an employer's point of view, a Brookes Publishing graduate is as good as someone with at least a year's work experience. Oxford is fast becoming the largest publishing centre in the UK, so studying here puts you in the heart of the industry. Whether you want to work for a small or a large company, they are all here.' - Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, Osprey Publishing
Choose the best BA publishing
Publishing is a dynamic, constantly changing and exciting field that cuts across all media and encompasses a vast range of activities in many different industry sectors – magazines, journals, books, digital ...
There has never been a better time to study publishing, and there are more reasons than ever to study publishing at Oxford Brookes. From 2011 there has been a new programme in place which fully reflects the digital changes taking place in the industry.
Brookes publishing – the leader
Oxford Brookes has the longest record of degree-level publishing education in the UK. Our students come from all over the world to enjoy excellent, proven teaching and learning in one of the largest departments of its kind in the world. Come and join us, and enjoy:
- a wide range of highly qualified staff
- a lively and exciting department
- excellent employment prospects - 90 per cent employability in 2012*
- excellent scores for the standard of teaching - 96 per cent score in the 2012 National Student Survey
- the opportunity to meet industry professionals and publishing celebrities
- as undergraduates, the daily experience of working alongside one of the largest and most internationally diverse communities of publishing postgraduates to be found anywhere in the world
- the excitement of the world of publishing as you explore the intriguing and creative tension between commerce and culture.
- our successful and expanding publishing department’s brand-new facilities in a research building opened by Channel 4’s Jon Snow, Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, in 2006
- a dedicated IT suite with the very latest publishing software - and a range of resources in the library
*amongst those students surveyed 6 months after their graduation in 2011
Shape your own degree
Study publishing on its own, or combine it with another subject of your choice – either in equal measure or in a ‘major–minor’ combination. As part of a combined honours degree, publishing can be combined with a variety of subjects: English, English Language, and Communications, Media and Culture are popular combinations; and History of Art, Music and Film Studies can make excellent partners. You can also study part time to suit your circumstances and resources.
- In your first year, you meet publishing in all its diversity, from magazines to books, from paper to digital, from culture to commerce.
- Most students study our popular introductory magazine publishing module, as well as our module on the industry standard software.
- In your second year, you will explore publishing in both breadth and depth through core modules covering editorial, marketing, business, and digital workflow
- In your third year you can pursue your favourite pathways, whether in magazines, digital media, or the history and culture of publishing, and to engage in your own independent research.
- Work individually and in teams on realistic projects that are assessed by ‘real-life’ criteria.
- Enhance your skills in group work, IT, giving presentations, report writing.
- There are opportunities to study abroad, in Europe, North America or Australia, by going on exchange for a semester.
Work and the world
Because our publishing department has been established for such a long time and has so much experience and staff depth, a Brookes publishing degree is a valuable ‘brand’ known throughout all sectors of the industry. During the course you can link into this wider publishing world in many ways:
- Visit the department's own vacancy list of jobs in publishing
- Take advantage of the numerous opportunities for work experience
- Link in to our network of alumni, who are working in publishing jobs all over the world
- Specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing day, when you can meet a variety of industry professionals
- Visit trade events in the UK and beyond
- Learn from visiting speakers from all sectors of publishing
- Benefit from the support and monitoring activities of the department’s long-standing industry advisory board and its strong relevance to all areas of the publishing course
Of course, you don’t have to use your publishing degree to get a publishing job – for example, you may want to work in other media or go on to postgraduate study. But either way, Brookes publishing graduates have an excellent employment record.
Oxford – centre of media and learning
Oxford is a beautiful, historic city, justifiably famous as a centre for learning, for its writers, and as one of the most important media centres in Europe, home to many global publishing companies.
Oxford is a vibrant, student-friendly place with so much to offer, including a wide range of sporting venues, shops, pubs, cafes, clubs, cinemas, theatres and restaurants
With its excellent transport links the city is ideally situated for exploring the rest of Britain and Europe.