Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University
The course is aimed primarily at recent university graduates but other applicants are not discouraged. Many students have worked in publishing briefly and would like to broaden their understanding of the field or have decided to make a career change from an unrelated field.
While most applicants have studied English and the humanities, many have degrees in other disciplines such as art, economics, business, law, music and the sciences.
Students with a demonstrated interest in publishing have always gained the most from the course. Many types of interests, work or volunteer experiences can be considered related to publishing, including:
- Publishing work placements
- Photography, graphic arts, sales or marketing experience
- University or school newspapers, literary journals, blogs, etc.
- Bookstore, library and/or office experience
Because of other available educational opportunities, the course does not emphasize instruction in journalism or creative writing. Applicants with writing experience who seek new ways to apply their skills within the world of publishing – as editors, publicists, designers, marketing and business managers or publishers – are encouraged to apply.