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Certificate in
Publishing

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This program teaches the skills necessary to publish books successfully. The program will be of interest to the following:

  • those who want to enter the publishing industry
  • those who are employed in the publishing industry or in areas where publishing skills are required
  • those who are working as freelancers in publishing-related fields
  • those who wish to upgrade their credentials with a view to career change

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/publishing.

For related career information, please visit Industry Overview.

See more courses and programs relating to Communication and Media.

Instructors

Our instructors are respected industry experts. They all work in publishing and bring up-to-date, applied knowledge to every course. Visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/publishinginstructors for current instructor biographies.

Awards

Students registered in the certificate program may apply for the program’s awards and bursary:

  • Marsh Jeanneret Memorial Award
  • Pearson Canada Award
  • Wallace A. Matheson Award for Creativity and Innovation in Educational Publishing
  • Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing

Visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/publishingawards for more details.

Internships

We have an extensive network of industry partnerships that provide direct links between classroom experience and a career. Visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/publishinginternships to see the companies that may be offering industry internships to students in the program.

Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree, or mature student status with related professional experience and education.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Notice to Students

Correct use of the English language is essential in the publishing industry. It is therefore an element in the evaluation and grading of assignments.

Students with no background in publishing are strongly advised to begin by taking either overview course (CDPB 100 or CDPB 200). Students with full-time positions are advised to register in no more than two credits per term. Specialized half-credit courses require some knowledge of subject or industry. In general, comfort with computers and a knowledge of appropriate software are an asset.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

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Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight 39-hour courses or the equivalent, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

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Required Courses

CDPB 100   Publishing:  Publishing Overview: Trade
CDPB 200   Publishing:  Publishing Overview: Education


Electives (six 39-hour courses or equivalent 19.5-hour courses required)

39-Hour Courses

CDPB 101   Publishing:  The Business of Book Publishing
CDPB 102   Publishing:  Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 103   Publishing:  Production for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 104   Publishing:  Introduction to Book Design
CDPB 105   Publishing:  Sales and Marketing for Book Publishers
CDPB 110   Publishing:  Publicity for Book Publishers
CDPB 201   Publishing:  Literary Rights Management
CDPB 202   Publishing:  Substantive and Stylistic Editing
CDPB 212   Publishing:  Visual Skills for Publishing
CDPB 312   Publishing:  Practical Grammar and Punctuation
CDPB 803   Publishing:  Digital Publishing and Production


19.5-Hour Courses

Students may substitute any two of the following 19.5-hour courses for any one of the above 39-hour electives.

CDPB 300   Publishing:  Children's Classics in the 21st C
CDPB 301   Publishing:  Publishing for Children
CDPB 302   Publishing:  Government Reports
CDPB 304   Publishing:  Scholarly and Reference Publishing
CDPB 306   Publishing:  Trade Books: Fiction
CDPB 309   Publishing:  Editing Books for Children and Teens
CDPB 310   Publishing:  Proofreading for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 311   Publishing:  Indexing for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 313   Publishing:  Mktg Books for Children and Teens


Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed four courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Children’s Publishing requires completion of CDPB 300, CDPB 301, CDPB 309, and CDPB 313.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CDPB 100   Publishing:  Publishing Overview: Trade
CDPB 101   Publishing:  The Business of Book Publishing
CDPB 102   Publishing:  Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 103   Publishing:  Production for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 104   Publishing:  Introduction to Book Design
CDPB 105   Publishing:  Sales and Marketing for Book Publishers
CDPB 110   Publishing:  Publicity for Book Publishers
CDPB 200   Publishing:  Publishing Overview: Education
CDPB 201   Publishing:  Literary Rights Management
CDPB 202   Publishing:  Substantive and Stylistic Editing
CDPB 212   Publishing:  Visual Skills for Publishing
CDPB 300   Publishing:  Children's Classics in the 21st C
CDPB 301   Publishing:  Publishing for Children
CDPB 302   Publishing:  Government Reports
CDPB 304   Publishing:  Scholarly and Reference Publishing
CDPB 306   Publishing:  Trade Books: Fiction
CDPB 309   Publishing:  Editing Books for Children and Teens
CDPB 310   Publishing:  Proofreading for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 311   Publishing:  Indexing for Books, Journals, and Reports
CDPB 312   Publishing:  Practical Grammar and Punctuation
CDPB 313   Publishing:  Mktg Books for Children and Teens
CDPB 803   Publishing:  Digital Publishing and Production


Condensed Scheduling Option

This spring, CDPB 999 Publishing Intensive participants can complete six courses in the Certificate in Publishing, and access specialized material only available in the Publishing Intensive course.