Course 8: 4 january–31 march 2016. APPLICATIONS closed.

The Seagull School of Publishing, Calcutta, offers a professional course—in Editing and in Book Design—run entirely by practicing publishers, editors and designers who are passionate about the craft of publishing. Hands-on training. Loads of assignments. Conversations with professionals from publishing houses in India and abroad. Field trips to printing presses. Research trips to bookstores. Open-house discussions on current issues. Classes ranging from copyright infringement to e-books to the joys of reprinting War and Peace. And a computer lab featuring the best of equipment and software.

There are 12 seats in Book Design and 20 for Editing in EACH course.

Course fee: Rs. 50,000 for Indian citizens. US$ 3,000 for students from the rest of the world.


  • A graduate degree in any field.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To apply, please click here 

Download the prospectus here

An initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Calcutta. In association with Seagull Books. Supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi.

30 thoughts on “”

  1. Swasti Kumar said:

    I am interested in the Book Design course, but because of my work in an advertising agency I can only enroll in weekend classes (or even evening classes). Can there be a provision for people like me?
    thank you

  2. This looks like a cool course.. I have been looking forward to something like this. Do you have something like this in Delhi, NCR?

  3. saniya seth said:

    I am mumbai based and would know many people here who would want to do it.

  4. Constance MacRae-Buchanan said:

    When is your first course repeated? Thank you.

    • Dear Constance,

      We have two sessions a year——January to March and June to August. if you are interested in the course, we would advise you to send in your application for the June to August course in 2014.

  5. Pursuing my 3rd year in English Major. Is it possible to take up this course?

  6. Nice post.. This is very helpful to learn something about framework.. And thanks once again…

  7. Emma Coupland said:

    Dear Seagull School team,

    I am very interested in the editing course in particular. Is there any possibility of doing this remotely – distance education?

    best wishes,
    emma in Timor-Leste

    • Dear Emma,

      Thank you for your interest in the course but we are afraid there’s no provision for carrying it out long distance. The school is in Calcutta and all our students must be present in Calcutta for the duration of the course.

  8. Moumita Goswami said:

    Dear Seagull Publishers,
    I am into a full time job but very interested in your editing course…do you have these classes working only at the weekends or in the evening? Can there be provisions for people like us?

    • Dear Moumita,

      Thank you for your interest in the course. The course is intensive and rigorous and structured in such a way that it would not be possible to condense it into weekend classes. And unfortuntely, we do not have any provision for evening courses at the moment.

  9. sunanda chatterjee said:

    I am interested in the editing course. Could you kindly let me know the last date of submission of forms for the January session.

  10. debarati biswas said:

    I am one of the students of Calcutta lucky enough to attend the classes taken by literary scholars and personalities who are more like friend philosopher and guide,rather than formal teacher. The classes are more like interactive sessions drawing vivid pictures of the world of publishing. I used to read books, but the school has taught me to study books. There are sayings like out of the box thinking and thinking inside the box, but the school has pointed out that there are no box actually. The course is a three month course, which may b called a short course judging by its duration, but the course is actually extensive leaving a life long impact. The course is present only in Calcutta, and people from all over the world come here for it. The course is purely practical and not just black board teaching. It is more than teaching and learning. The course do not only give insight about the publishing sector, but also an insight about life. Resigning my job in a reputed bank and enrolling for the course is the best decision I have taken.

  11. Do you run this every year? I’d love to apply next year!

    • Dear Elen,

      We have two courses every year—one from January to March and the second from June to August. Applications for the June–August 2015 session will be accepted after March 2015, and applications for the January–March 2016 session will open in September 2015.

  12. Vaishali Gopal said:

    Hi I am really interested in your editing course starting in January. Can I apply now for the course or do I need to wait till August or September? Also how long do you take to get back to candidates on their selection? The reason I am asking is I am a working professional right now and taking on this course would require me to quit and relocate which means I would need time to serve notice period,etc.

    • Dear Vaishali,

      Thank you for your interest in the course. You can apply now for the Jan–Mar Editing course next year. However, the process of selection will begin in September.

  13. avneet kaur said:

    Hi, I am really interested to enroll for the course and the timings and duration of the course is also suitable for me. Could you please tell if there would be a students’ concession available on the fees of the course?

    • Dear Avneet,

      Thank you for your interest in the course. Unfortunately, we do not offer any concession. However, in certain cases, there is an option of paying the fees in instalments. You can call us at 033 2475 0058/68, Monday – Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more details.

  14. Deepali said:

    I’m interested in applying for this course when the next batch of applications open. However I am not able to access your prospectus; the link seems to be broken. Could you assist?


    • Dear Deepali,

      Yes, there seems to be some technical problem with the link. We are looking into it. In the meantime, you should get all the information about the course on the website. If you have a specific query, please write to us at and we’ll get back to you at the earliest.

  15. Hi, I just came across this course and would like to apply for the Editing class. Is the selection process still on? or have I missed the metaphorical boat!

  16. When does the June–August 2016 Course admission starts? Do I need to fill the same form below Course 8?

  17. Satyaki Chakraborty said:

    Hello there,
    I was just curious to know if, after completing this course, I get job opportunities at Seagull.

    Thank you.

    • Dear Satyaki,

      Regarding jobs, while we help our students with guidance and recommendations in most cases, the courses offer no guaranteed placements or internships with publishing houses. Job opportunities at Seagull are subject to vacancy; at the moment, there are no vacancies.

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