Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

Get qualified for a career in digital and print publishing with this popular and highly regarded programme. Skills gained include editing, marketing, layout, production and project management.    LEVEL 7
Students apply their learning to industry-based publishing projects and undertake work experience in publishing firms throughout New Zealand.​​​

Programme Overview

Level 7 programme

This highly regarded programme is the only full training course for publishing in New Zealand. Developed and run in partnership with the industry, the programme is modelled on an apprenticeship. It focuses on practical experience and industry contacts. All of the tutors are practitioners in the publishing industry. Students attend work placements in publishing firms. Guest speakers include publishers, editors, designers, sales reps, publicists, booksellers and authors. In addition, students on the programme each take a manuscript through to publication, dealing with every aspect from developing the idea to selling the product.

The programme covers:

  1. Planning and promoting a publication (through manuscript assessment, market research, costing, scheduling, marketing and distribution)
  2. Production, from idea to printed or digital publication (through writing, word processing, editing, typesetting, and supervision of design and print)


The programme is run at the Wellington City Campus. For more information: Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)​ (PDF file, 77KB).

Campus Starts on Duration
Wellington City 2017: 27 February One year, full-time

Domestic Fees: $8,610

International Fees: $23,500 NZD


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Degree or evidence of relevant work experience based on written application and interview

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 7.0

Career Opportunities:


Graduates readily find employment in any field that requires publishing skills in book trade and the government or corporate sector. Graduates are employed in editing and project management, typesetting and production work, and marketing and publicity roles in both digital and print publishing.

Employers recruit graduates directly from the course. In addition, an industry intern programme provides paid work for selected graduates.

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