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Course Description

MA in Publishing at London College of Communication combines theoretical and practical approaches to publishing media. Forward-thinking, creative and entrepreneurial, this course will give you hands-on experience of multi-platform publishing.

With the opportunity to develop a specialisation in magazine or book publishing you will nevertheless be introduced to concepts across both media throughout the course and explore how publishing is changing and evolving in the international arena.

With choices of assessments, you can choose your journey through the course with options for a major project that suits your interests.

What can you expect?

Practical projects and events, collaborations with other creative people, engagement with industry networks and participation in professional activities are all central to the course as you develop unique and flexible skills set for your future careers.

Throughout the course, there is a variety of teaching and learning environments including lectures, group work on practical publishing projects, simulations, hackdays, seminars and individual research projects.

You will be involved in a co-creation project working on our annual Publishing Innovation Conference which is an ideal opportunity to network.

MA in Publishing at London College of Communication combines theoretical and practical approaches to publishing media. Forward-thinking, creative and entrepreneurial, this course will give you hands-on experience of multi-platform publishing. With the opportunity to develop a specialisation in magazine or book publishing you will nevertheless be introduced to concepts across both...

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Course Content

Autumn, Term 1

The first stage of the course introduces publishing theory and analyses aspects of content and audience. The focus is getting you up to speed with the publishing process from commissioning and copyright to marketing and production.

Context (20 credits)

Surveys the theoretical context and creative industries environment in which publishing sits.

Content (20 credits)

Explores aspects of content, analysing and evaluating ways to source and develop it, as well as design and produce different sorts of content in different media.

It covers the traditional commercial frameworks for books and magazines. There is an emphasis on practical workshops, making and testing print and digital prototypes.

Audience (20 credits)

Looks at innovative and creative ways to identify and engage diverse audiences for published content.

The outcomes from this first stage of the course ensure you learn critical approaches and make connections across your growing holistic understanding of publishing and the related disciplines.

Spring, Term 2

The second stage of the course provides opportunities to develop creative and collaborative approaches to publishing. With the focus on projects, you’ll have the opportunity to put your learning into practice.

As you do this, you'll have the opportunity to experiment, connect with other creative people and develop your thinking around future publishing applications.

Audience (continued)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

You will produce a collaborative publication, working with other creative people to manage a publishing project to a deadline.

Future Applications for Content (20 credits)

Offers the opportunity to conceptualise an experimental publishing product or service.

Professional Practice and Enterprise (20 credits)

Starts you on your professional journey with a module where you have a choice. This can include a setting up and reflecting on work experience, developing a networking opportunity or planning out a business funding document for an enterprise project.

In this unit you will be involved in producing our annual publishing event.

Summer, Terms 3 and 4

Future Applications for Content (continued)
Professional Practice and Enterprise and Future Applications for Content (continued)
Major Project (60 credits)

The Major Project is your opportunity to develop a significant project of your own, building on your learning from the previous stages.

Choices of output here allow you to explore a publishing idea or concept depending on your particular interests and personal approach.

You may choose to work on a dissertation, to create a publishing artefact or prototype or to put forward a business feasibility document.

All choices will involve applying primary research; a critical and analytical approach, as appropriate to a higher level of study, will be reflected across all of these options ensuring this research stage is challenging and stimulating.

Complementing the above taught and assessed learning units the course includes the following additional activities:

  • Industry Guest Speakers come to run workshops, lectures and conversations throughout the course
  • Extension workshops: You’ll have the opportunity to attend additional specialist workshops that focus on developing knowledge and/or skills in specific areas of interest
  • Events and International Residential Summer School: This covers events and visits for learning and networking, and a residential summer school which provides the opportunity to visit publishers outside of the United Kingdom. Here you can apply your learning to a different international publishing culture.
  • There is the opportunity to apply to undertake one term at the University of Cergy Pontoise in Paris as part of the Erasmus programme.

Autumn, Term 1 The first stage of the course introduces publishing theory and analyses aspects of content and audience. The focus is getting you up to speed with the publishing process from commissioning and copyright to marketing and production. Context (20 credits) Surveys the theoretical context and creative industries...

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Entry Requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world.

Students are admitted on to the course having gained the necessary entry requirements. An Honours degree of 2:1 and above is required, or an equivalent international degree. In some circumstances a 2:2 is considered (this might be based on personal circumstances or strength of interest and clear capability to undertake the course as indicated in the application form and interview).

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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
  • OR a combination of these factors

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

Language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Students are admitted on to the course having gained the necessary entry requirements. An Honours degree of 2:1 and above is required, or an equivalent international degree. In some circumstances a 2:2 is considered (this might be based on personal circumstances or strength of interest and...

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Assessment Methods

  • Academic essays and research documents 
  • A portfolio of print and digital prototypes
  • Critical evaluative reports
  • Group presentations
  • Reflective responses 
  • Final major project

  • Academic essays and research documents 
  • A portfolio of print and digital prototypes
  • Critical evaluative reports
  • Group presentations
  • Reflective responses 
  • Final major project

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn, Term 1

28 September 2020 - 4 December 2020

Spring, Term 2

4 January 2021 - 12 March 2021

Summer, Term 3

12 April 2021 - 23 July 2021

Autumn, Term 4

4 October 2021 - 10 December 2021

Course dates

Autumn, Term 1

28 September 2020 - 4 December 2020

Spring, Term 2

4 January 2021 - 12 March 2021

Summer, Term 3

12 April 2021 - 23 July 2021

Autumn, Term 4

4 October 2021 - 10 December 2021