Programs of Study and Associations
Programs of Study
Publishing as a field of study is now part of undergraduate and graduate programs, sometimes combined with media and journalism and sometimes as an independent field of study.
Of potential interest to some readers will be certificate programs offered through colleges and universities that focus on editing. Admission into these programs will often require that applicants have a degree. There is no requirement that the degree be in journalism or English. In fact, at least in educational publishing, some of the most sought-after editors have a degree in math or science.
For more information on publishing programs, Simon Fraser University Library has a comprehensive list of programs offered in Canada and around the world.
Detailed below are examples of university and college certificate programs. A number of these programs offer some or all courses online.
Simon Fraser University
George Brown College
Centennial College (part of the Book and Magazine Publishing program)
In Canada, the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) provides a wealth of information on editing. Its members, some 1600, benefit from an active association that provides courses, services, job listings, and certification to its members.
Companies looking for editors will find EAC helpful. Keyword searches can narrow the field of candidates who have the specific background and experience that may be required for a full-time position or for a freelance job.
The Book Publishers' Professional Organization is a more broadly based association that covers all topics related to publishing.
We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.