"By giving students a toolkit of intellectual and practical skills we aim to produce graduates who are ready for the variety of opportunities this fast-developing industry will throw at them."Signy Henderson, Deputy Dean, School of Media and Performing Arts
Recent years have witnessed a major shift in publishing, with new technologies challenging traditional models while simultaneously creating fantastic new opportunities. Our BA Publishing and Digital Culture degree enables you to develop the skills you need to make the most of these opportunities.
The complex and multifaceted world of publishing is a fascinating place to be, and our BA Publishing and Digital Culture degree is designed to help you get there by equipping you with a 360-degree view of the industry.
Whether you want be a small-scale self-publisher, work in the magazine business or become a commissioning editor at one of the world's biggest media conglomerates, we will prepare you for work in publishing throughout a range of theoretically grounded, practice-based modules.
On campus and through contact with industry professionals, each year you will undertake major projects which enable you to put into practice what you are learning. By the time you graduate, you will have developed a creative and entrepreneurial approach to publishing in the digital age and built a professional portfolio of work to help launch your career.
The first year offers an introduction to the shape of the contemporary publishing industry, with an emphasis on understanding the industry in its global social context; on the range of technologies used to publish the most popular forms of material in the 21st century; and on the essentials of managing publication from first idea to physical production, culminating in a hands-on project.
In Year 2 students develop their knowledge and skills in sourcing and managing content, including issues around the law and ethics as well as the tasks of editing and layout, and also addresses the key "new" technologies for digital and self-publishing.
Year 3 includes a substantial placement in an industry setting and further study of the structure, operation, and social context of publishing as a global business, as students focus their interests and ambitions into a project that forms the key piece of their professional portfolio.
The module aims to introduce students to processes of meaning production in the media and to develop a critical understanding of issues and concepts of cultural representation. It will also introduce students to their Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) which demands that all students develop a clear understanding of what employers want from graduates in the field, and begin the process of career planning and skills development.
You will work on creative and practical projects, critical analyses, written assignments, problem-solving exercises and presentations. Specific sessions will hone your IT, essay-writing, research and project development skills.
Learning happens in a number of different ways; through talks by speakers from the industry, demonstrations and practical sessions, as well as lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you will debate your ideas with other students, and your own independent study and reading.
You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement in your final year.
Dr Theresa Cronin, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
Dr Sophia Drakopoulou, Senior Lecturer in Media, Communications and Culture
Dr Josie Barnard, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing with Journalism
Dr James Graham, Senior Lecturer in Advertising, PR and Media
Dr Alessandro Gandini, Lecturer in PR and Media
Dr Lucia Vodanovic, Lecturer in Journalism and Media
Martin McGrath, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
James Charlton, Acting Head of Department, Media
It is a principle of study at Middlesex University that assessment is part of learning, and accordingly, you can expect to encounter assessments which allow you to extend your knowledge and skills, build your competence and test you against academic and industry standards. Essays, blogs, live briefs and projects are among the formats that you'll engage with as part of learning, at the same time as you and your tutors track your progress through them.
The third year of the course includes a substantial placement in an industry setting and further study of the structure, operation, and social context of publishing as a global business, as students focus their interests and ambitions into a project that forms the key piece of their professional portfolio.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Foundation Year in Media page.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
Publishing is an increasingly international industry; as well as the established book and magazine industries which typically combine print and virtual publishing and often operate globally, there is increasing commercial opportunity for independent, freelance and guerrilla publishers.
The BA Publishing and Digital Culture degree particularly addresses skills for self-employment, freelance and portfolio careers. There is a supported placement in the final year of the programme and students learn at all levels of the programme through working on live briefs connected to the real world practice of publishing.