Publishing A (Introduction) Online Course

Publishing A (Introduction) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

  • Learn how the industry works,
  • Learn the creative and artistic skills of the trade
  • Learn how to market your work
  • Develop an understanding of the ethical issues and laws relating to the field.

Use this course as a step toward self publishing, furthering your opportunities working for publishers, or starting your own business. You will also have a chance to undertake a stimulating publishing project and implement the skills you have learned. Continuing on with the courses Publishing II and III will round out your knowledge of this complex and entertaining industry.

Course Aims:

  • Define the scope and nature of publishing today.
  • Describe some of the processes that are commonly used to perform work tasks in the publishing industry.
  • Identify a viable process to follow for desktop publishing of a small publication for printing on paper.
  • Identify a viable process to follow for desktop publishing of a small publication in an electronic format (eg. E book or web site).
  • Evaluate different types of illustration for ease and relevance for use in different publishing situations.
  • Determine photography appropriate for inclusion in a publication.
  • Determine research required appropriate to the needs of a publication.
  • Determine a marketing strategy appropriate to the needs of a publication.
  • Identify the impact of legal and ethical issues on a publisher.
  • Plan the production and marketing of a publication.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

The Publishing World

  • What is publishing?
  • The publishing world
  • The publisher
  • Production manager
  • Editor
  • Designer
  • Marketing staff

Publishing Procedures and Techniques

  • Overview of the publishing process
  • The Production schedule
  • Page design
  • Page layout –consistency, variety, simplicity, direction, white/blank space, headings, graphics, balance/propagation, contrast, etc.
  • Establishing the skeleton of a document
  • Pull quotes and side bars
  • Typography –fonts, other settings
  • Public Lending Rights

Desktop Publishing

  • Word Processing
  • Alternative publishing methods
  • Printing on a Computer Printer
  • Supplying a “Master” to a commercial printer
  • Publishing electronically (e.g. Internet or CD)

Desktop Publishing

  • Software options
  • Use of colour
  • Black and white
  • Use of graphics,
  • Putting it together, etc.

Illustration: Graphics

  • Line illustrations
  • Cartoons, photos etc.
  • Freehand work
  • Computer graphics, etc.

Illustration: Photography

  • Photographic Equipment & Materials
  • Composition
  • Development of Photographic Style
  • Portraiture
  • Posing for Photographs
  • Planning a Photo Session
  • Studio Photography
  • Fault Finding, etc.


  • Types of Research (Exploratory, Experimental etc)
  • Primary & Secondary Data sources,
  • Planning a survey,
  • Conducting an interview.

Marketing in Publishing

  • Understanding marketing & publicity
  • What makes a publication succeed or fail,
  • Launches
  • Press releases, etc.

Publishing: Ethics & The Law

  • Public attitudes
  • Accuracy of writing
  • Bias
  • Monopolies
  • Media ownership concerns, etc.

Publishing Project

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

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    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

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