Editing Schools and Courses

Taking editing classes will help you develop new skills in grammar and writing, as well as fine-tune what you already know. Explore courses, certificate programs and degree programs in editing, and review the typical coursework. Check to see if online study options are available for aspiring editors. Schools offering Children`s Book Illustration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Editing courses are designed for students who want to learn the basics of grammar and the editing process as well as for those who want to refine and specialize their skills. Editing courses can be found at a variety of levels and in both on-campus and online formats.

Programs Individual units, certificate programs, degrees, internships
Online Programs are available online
Classes Include Publishing process, scholarly editing, role of the editor

What Will I Learn in Stand-Alone Courses or a Certificate Program?

Individual and professional development courses in editing are available. Certificate programs can last up to nine months--and in many cases allow you to build a professional portfolio demonstrating your skills. Graduate certificate programs are also available, and credit from these programs can apply toward earning a master's degree. Your certificate curriculum may consist of classes covering editing topics such as the following:

  • Manuscripts
  • Reports
  • Articles
  • Documents
  • Proofreading

What Will I Learn in a Degree Program?

Bachelor's degree programs in communications, journalism or English typically include editing skills as part of the curriculum. Some programs may offer a concentration or minor in editing. Master's degree programs in editing may allow you to choose to concentrate in either magazine or news editing. These programs usually require a thesis and capstone project. Your courses focus on the writing, design, editing and management specific to either magazines or news outlets. Coursework may include:

  • Composition and rhetoric
  • Multimedia writing
  • Technical writing
  • Business and professional writing

Where are Master's Degree Programs Available?

Students will have plenty of options at the master's degree level for programs relevant to editing. Some models that might be available through a Master's of Arts degree include magazine editing, news editing, and visual editing and management. These schools offer relevant master's degree programs:

  • University of Missouri
  • Boston University (Massachusetts)
  • University of Southern California
  • Emerson College (Massachusetts)
  • New York University

Can I Learn Editing Online?

Individual editing courses are available online. Your coursework, assignments and tests are all completed over the Internet. For most online programs, you're required to have a version of Microsoft Word that has the 'track changes' feature.

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