I have recently been admitted to the 2010 NYU Summer Publishing Institute in good ‘ol New York City. This exciting news has sparked the desire to inform my (two) readers about the tiny world of publishing graduate programs.
Summer Certificate Programs
NYU Summer Publishing Institute
In this program you will learn book publication processes from the acquisition of a manuscript to the editing, production, print, and online marketing, and sales, promotion and publicity functions. This program also includes a portion on multimedia and digital-only publishing. There is also two hands-on workshops in which students launch a publishing business (magazine and book). Career counseling included. This program is rumoured to be geared more towards magazine and online magazine publishing. This program may be combined with NYU’s Masters of Science in Publishing Program.
Dates: Program runs June 6 – July 16, 2010
Housing fee: approx. $280/week
Application fee: $30
To apply you need: completed application, two letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, resume, and personal statement.
It took NYU 12 days after I mailed my application to respond with admissions decision, they responded by e-mail.
Columbia Publishing Course
This program (from what I’ve read) seems to be the most rigorous and have higher rates of job placement, although that opinion has not been substantiated. It consists of two parts, The Book Program (Weeks 1-3) and The Magazine & Digital Media Program (Weeks 4-6). Both portions of the program include intensive workshops centered around a simulation of running a publishing company and completing projects as assigned. This program is rumoured to be geared more towards book publishing.
Dates: Program runs June 13 – July 23, 2010
Cost: Tuition, room, and board costs $6,990
Tuition alone: $4,400
Acceptance rate: 100/400
Application fee: $50
To apply you need: Two-page, typed personal statement, one paragraph short answer response, two letters of recommendation, certified college transcript (must have completed and undergraduate degree to apply), completed application.
Columbia states that they will contact people about admissions decisions by April 16, but in my experience has straggled behind NYU in response time.
University of Denver Publishing Institute
University of Denver’s program is the only one that offers an early application option. Unfortunately, if admitted early a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due before the other two summer programs notify of acceptance. If University of Denver is the place you want to go, opt for early acceptance. If it’s your third choice school (as it was mine) take the risk and apply later to see if you get in to the other schools first.
This program includes workshop sessions in editing and marketing, lectures/teaching sessions, and special sessions (including field trips. They (unlike Columbia and NYU post a daily schedule of the program.
Dates:July 11 – August 6, 2010
Housing: $1,031 for a double occupancy room
Meal plan: $375
Application fee: $50
To apply you need: completed application, college transcripts, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.
University of Denver states they will respond no later than April 15.
In addition to these three summer programs, there are a few Masters in Publishing options out there:
George Washington University
New York University
I did not apply to these two-year graduate programs because from what I have read a career in publishing is mostly acquired through experience rather than study. No publishing job requires a Masters, but all require years of experience. I chose to get my foot in the door through a summer program which is less expensive and should assist me in my career pursuits in a quicker fashion. That was my mindset anyway. If had chosen to apply to a two-year program, I think my first choice school would have been GW University largely due to its less expensive location.