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Magazine Journalism and Publishing

University of the Arts London

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 3 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

As a specialist institution, London College of Communication provides the teaching of magazine publishing and journalism in a thriving academic and vocational environment of media and communication. Located in central London, LCC benefits from links with a number of major media organisations and publishers based in the Capital. These are reinforced via guest lectures, conferences and master classes to give our students invaluable access to the publishing industry.

What can you expect?

There are two main strands to the course: editorial and publishing.

Editorial is practice-based and focuses on the creation of magazine content. Students learn the editorial and production skills necessary to plan, commission and produce both print and digital magazines.

Throughout the three years of the course, collaborative and individual projects create opportunities for students to generate original editorial products.

Publishing complements our editorial strand by introducing the business side, including analysing existing and potential markets and readerships.

Students develop strong media management and entrepreneurial skills to enable the production of business plans directed towards magazine launches, financially sustainable online media and pitching for branded media projects.

Industry experience: Our two strands combined enable students to develop a toolkit of transferable skills, crucial for working in the new multi-platform media environment.

Practically, this experience includes the craft of writing and creating magazines, culminating in students producing their own creative and business publishing portfolio.

As a specialist institution, London College of Communication provides the teaching of magazine publishing and journalism in a thriving academic and vocational environment of media and communication. Located in central London, LCC benefits from links with a number of major media organisations and publishers based in the Capital. These are reinforced via guest lectures, conferences and...

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Course Content

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points.

To be awarded the BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. All modules listed below are compulsory.

Year 1

Year 1 is a broad introduction to all aspects of conceiving, creating, producing and publishing magazines – both practically and contextually.

Units summary 

Block 1

  • Introduction to Magazine Journalism and Publishing (20 credits)

Provides an introduction to core themes and practices that characterise the course and to the College and its learning environment. Students will have a series of inductions to college facilities such as book-binding, the print room and the photography studio.

  •  Essential Journalism Skills (20 Credits)

Students will learn the core skills of effective story telling, such as researching, news gathering and interviewing, to create engaging news and features for magazine markets.

  • Magazines & Culture (20 Credits)

Provides a thorough introduction to the history and culture of the magazine from the 18th century to the present day. Students look at different magazine genres from lads mags to celebrity titles, women’s publications to digital artefacts, and draw on international perspectives.

Block 2

  • Lifestyle Journalism (20 Credits)

Develops core journalism skills to create a range of written lifestyle features for consumer and customer magazines.

  • Art, Design and Production (20 Credits)

Introduces the techniques and tools involved in magazine design - namely typography, picture editing and page layout through the creation of digital and print zines.

  • The Magazine Industry (20 Credits)

Outlines the commercial aspects of magazine publishing, drawing on case studies, histories and theoretical analysis to understand how magazines identify and maintain their market position.

Year 2

Units summary

Year 2 offers opportunities for collaboration, experimentation and specialization via individual and group projects and real industry briefs. Students also deepen their understanding of the publishing business and examine current and future trends within the industry.

Block 3

  • The Business of Magazines (20 Credits)

Places an emphasis on the importance of the economic imperative of sustainability and growth for media products, the understanding of ‘audience’ and market segments and the managing of creativity.

  • The Business Plan (20 Credits)

A hands-on exploration of the importance of establishing financial and commercial structures in the publishing industry, skills developed include: market analysis, assessing the competition and managing human resources.

  • Print Magazines Production (20 Credits)

An editorial project based around the creation of a print magazine from initial idea to final product.

Block 4

  • Researching Magazine Contexts (20 Credits)

Drawing on media and cultural theory, this unit examines historical, current and evolving issues and trends within publishing and media industries.

  • Digital Magazine Production (20 Credits)

Students conceive, design and build their own digital magazine. This project includes the production of text, audio, video and other forms of content alongside platform-reader interactivity.

  • Collaborative Project (20 Credits)

Working for an external client this unit provides real-life commercial experience. Student teams, with specific roles and responsibilities, provide the research, analysis, concept generation, and communication towards a final publishing solution.

Year 3

Unit summary

Year 3 enables students to bring together all that they have learned – conceptually and practically - via an in-depth research project; to engage with professional practice through the creation of a high-quality client magazine (the ultimate live brief) and consider the relationship between publishing, management and the creative industries

Blocks 5 and 6

  • Client Publishing Project (40 Credits)

Working to a detailed brief, students will learn how to manage an editorial project, taking on roles in areas such as planning, commissioning or producing high-quality content across a number of genres and media. This will be fulfilled alongside broader publishing functions including promotion, advertising sales and distribution.

  • Media Management (20 Credits)

In the era of multi-platform media, magazine publishers are now a myriad of entities, from large digital global media companies through to small creative enterprises, ‘independents’.

This unit examines this media industry diversity with a focus on the organisations involved, the processes underway and patterns of commercial success.

  • Final Major Project (60 Credits)

Students have the opportunity to pursue an extended piece of work on a topic in which they have a special interest either through the creation of an original editorial artifact such as a print magazine or digital product or by researching a specific area relevant to the course via a formal dissertation.

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. All modules listed below are compulsory. Year...

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Available Dates

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London College of Communication

Full Time, 3 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

80 UCAS tariff points, which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Creative Media and Journalism, Business/ Business Studies, IT & Computing, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Journalism, Digital and Creative Media, Marketing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry. The standard entry requirements for this course are as...

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Assessment Methods

  • Reflective statements
  • Presentation
  • Portfolios of journalistic and publishing work
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Research papers and reports

  • Reflective statements
  • Presentation
  • Portfolios of journalistic and publishing work
  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Research papers and reports

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
65%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
84% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
68% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
55% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
61% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
65% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
71% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
73% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
58% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
65% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
81% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
65% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
84% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
68% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
71% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
33% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
73% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
74% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
74% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
94% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
81% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
50% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
74% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
65% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
77% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
50% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
50% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points64

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

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