Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

Learn the publishing process by working on real books with real publishing clients. Work as a publishing team as you gain skills in editing, project management, typesetting and publicity for print and digital media. Benefit from regular industry speakers and complete two work placements in publishing companies.

What you will learn

This highly-regarded programme has been producing successful graduates for over thirty years and is the only full-time training course for publishing in New Zealand. Developed and run in partnership with the industry, the Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied) is modelled on an apprenticeship. It focuses on practical experience and industry contacts.

All tutors are practitioners in the publishing industry. Students attend work placements in publishing firms. Guest speakers include publishers, print and web editors, eBook creators, designers, sales reps, publicists, booksellers and authors. 

In addition, students on the programme work in groups to take a manuscript through to publication, dealing with every aspect from developing the idea to selling the product.

The programme covers:

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

To hear from our graduates, find out more about the tutors, check out past student projects and more, scroll to the bottom of the Creative Writing and Publishing page

More detail about this qualification

Our course requires a full-time commitment throughout the year, with classes at Te Auaha, Monday to Friday 9:30am–12:30pm, and meetings and related course work outside of the classroom hours. The afternoon timetable has some flexibility, so get in touch if you have questions about workload.

Entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Evidence of suitability based on written application and interview 
  • Working knowledge of specified publishing software
  • International students: IELTS 7.0 in all bands


The written application assesses:

  • written communication skills
  • computer competency
  • ability to contribute to a team environment
  • experience in and/or commitment to working in publishing or editing roles

The interview assesses:

  • oral communication skills
  • professional presentation
  • ability to contribute thoughtfully to a discussion about publishing
  • evidence of research into and understanding of the area in which they wish to pursue a career


Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance, administration and student service fees. For more details, please email:

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How to apply

  1. Complete the online Application for the Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied) through the Te Auaha or Whitireia websites.
  2. An Enrolment Advisor will be in contact and share an information pack with details about the written information to be submitted.
  3. Once the applicant has returned the requested written application an interview time will be set with the Publishing team

Interviews can be face-to-face, or online.

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Last updated: 29/4/2024

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