The graduate program in Book Publishing is at the forefront of publishing education nationally and has been recognized for its excellence by such publications as Publishers Weekly, The Oregonian, and La Muse Books. In fact, Publishers Weekly described the program as a place where “publishing education gets innovative.”
Students gain a comprehensive view of the industry through the program’s required foundational courses. These courses include Introduction to Book Publishing, Book Editing, Book Design Software, Book Marketing, The Business of Book Publishing, and Intellectual Property and Copyright. All courses are taught by industry professionals and cover the latest developments in print and digital publishing.
Employers regularly report that one of the most attractive features of our graduates is the thorough understanding of the publishing industry students develop in the program.
Prospects for specialization
In addition to developing a comprehensive understanding of the industry as a whole, students in the graduate program in Book Publishing have the opportunity to specialize in an area of the publishing process. For example, a student may choose to specialize in editing by taking advanced courses on the subject, such as Copyediting and Developmental Editing. Students can also specialize in design or marketing. These prospects for specialization amount to a customized learning experience in which students can mix and match courses to suit their preferences.
Students also continue to develop their specialization by engaging in a variety of experiential learning opportunities.
Experiential learning opportunities
Ooligan Press is a publishing house staffed by students in the graduate program in Book Publishing. Publishing three books a year and selling them in bookstores across the nation as well as online, Ooligan Press provides a hands-on experience that is not replicated in any other graduate program. Students participate in every step of the publishing process—from manuscript acquisition to editing, from design and production to marketing and sales—with guidance and supervision provided by expert faculty. Students take lessons from the classroom and apply them to real-world publishing challenges, resulting in numerous award-winning and bestselling books that span every genre. Participation in Ooligan Press is required of all students in the graduate program in Book Publishing.
Another opportunity available to students is to participate in an internship in Portland’s diverse and energetic literary community. The graduate program in Book Publishing has internship agreements with many small presses, literary non-profits, magazines and journals, providers of publishing services, and so forth.