Advanced Editing course
Study by distance learning. A useful qualification for anyone wanting to work in editing or progress in an editing career.
- Become an expert communicator - learn about the role of an editor and the scope of their work.
- Understand the process for assessing manuscripts.
- Learn about the editing of titling, and the selection and editing of imagery.
- earn about reviewing and editing the layout and design of publications.
- Learn about working to specifications.
- Gain practical experience of working on a real-life publication.
- Study 7 Core Modules and then tailor your qualification to areas of your own interest by choosing 2 Elective Modules for study.
Note that each module in the Qualification - Advanced Certificate in Editing is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
The Role of the Editor Today
Editing has always required specific skills. “Highly developed written and verbal communication skills”, “an eye for detail”, “a logical and enquiring mind”, “an ability to meet deadlines”, “a comprehensive knowledge of publication processes” are just some of the skills required in the editing profession.
Today’s editors still need those important foundation skills but, with the advent of computer technology and in the face of increasingly competitive markets, editors must be prepared to diversify, and to acquire a new range of skills. Although today’s editors are still expected to review manuscripts, mark up copy, check proofs, and liaise with writers, printers and publishers, they may also be expected to be highly proficient in a whole range of areas that didn't exist a decade or two ago, such as being able to amend websites, prepare email outs and so on.
The minimum ‘new’ skill required by all editors is computer proficiency, mainly in the use of Microsoft Word, email programs and Internet searches, but possibly also in desktop publishing software such as Adobe PageMaker, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Editors involved in marketing and sales may also use accounting and spreadsheet software. Computer software is changing all the time, so it is also essential that any editor keeps up to date with current editing technology.
Text and graphics, previously supplied as ‘hard copy’, are now submitted as ‘electronic manuscripts’, making the job of editing both easier and more complex. Easier because text does not need to be marked up on a hard copy and rekeyed by a typesetter; harder because the editor and designer have taken over the task of typesetting.
In most cases editors are not directly involved in pre-press design, and would not be expected to be proficient in the use of complex DTP software – in quality publishing this is still the domain of trained graphic artists – but, for effective liaison and supervision of the production process, all editors must be familiar with the capabilities and general operation of the commonly used programs.
Enrol now on this advanced certificate to improve your job and career prospects in publishing and editing.
Choose two Elective Modules that suit your special interests in editing.
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