- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)
MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism
MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism will equip you with the advanced skills you'll need for a successful career in journalism.
About this course
You will create substantial pieces of journalism on aspects of arts, culture and lifestyle, from music magazines and newspaper arts supplements to specialist radio and TV programmes, websites and digital publishers.
Guided by tutors with professional and multi-platform experience (gained at national newspapers, websites, the BBC and Sky TV), you will develop key practical journalistic skills and learn how to apply them to your particular area of interest.
Student films and profiles
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MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism prepares you for a growing field of journalism. From music magazines and newspaper arts supplements, to specialist radio and TV programmes, websites and digital publishers, there is a huge demand for arts, lifestyle and cultural journalism.
The course covers journalism about fine art, contemporary art and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, celebrity culture. You will have the opportunity to develop your own specialist areas of interest and the course encourages a rigorous journalistic approach, with a focus on ethical, international and professional standards.
Situated in the heart of the city, London College of Communication is the ideal place to study this dynamic branch of journalism. Guided by tutors with professional and multi-platform experience (gained at national newspapers, websites, the BBC and Sky TV), you will develop key practical journalistic skills and learn how to apply them to your particular area of interest.
You will gain invaluable work experience by undertaking a placement in a media organisation and benefit from our guest lecture programme that has included talks from Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Luke Lewis of Buzzfeed, Mary Hockaday of the BBC and Bruno Bayley, editor of Vice UK (and a former student at LCC), as well as journalists from a range of national newspapers and other publications.
The course culminates in your producing a substantial piece of journalism in the medium or media of your choice.
Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
- Multimedia Journalism Practice (40 credits)
- Critical Perspectives 1 (20 credits)
In the Multimedia Journalism Practice unit you will develop the skills and understanding necessary for the research, development and production of successful arts and lifestyle news, and feature stories in mixed media. You will analyse examples of published and broadcast journalism from a range of media and countries and explore the technical, practical and journalistic aspects of narratives in different and mixed media. This covers the generation of ideas, research, sourcing, news-gathering, editing, writing and production, with particular emphasis on what makes a compelling story and the application of appropriate multimedia techniques.
Critical Perspective 1 examines theoretical and contextual issues concerning arts and lifestyle journalism, with a particular focus on ethical and legal questions. You will analyse and explore the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks within which journalism operates and the particular issues that face practitioners in the field of arts and lifestyle journalism.
You will study in detail the legal and regulatory systems that apply in the UK and Europe and do a comparative analysis of other jurisdictions. The aim is to provide you with a thorough understanding of ethical issues and debates in journalism, the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks and the ability to analyse and consider these in the context of your own practice.
Spring, Term 2
- Multimedia Journalism Practice (continued) (40 credits)
- Critical Perspectives 2 (20 credits)
- Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Critical Perspective 2 examines the development and contexts of arts and lifestyle journalism, identifying significant practitioners and movements and discussing key theoretical principles within an international framework which takes account of social, political, cultural, ethical and economic factors.
The aim is to provide you with a thorough appreciation of the significant issues and analytical approaches relating to arts and lifestyle journalism, allowing you to situate contemporary practice with a wider critical context. You will explore the role of media and journalism in relation to society, including issues of representation, ownership, technological change and the commercial environment.
The Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners. These could be postgraduate students at the College or University level; postgraduate students at other higher education institutions; external companies, cultural organisations, community-based groups, NGOs or charities. The nature of the collaboration will involve working on a project, with objectives agreed by your tutors, and will take the form of group work that can be delivered at the College or remotely.
Summer, Term 3
- Professional Practice (20 credits)
- Final Major Project (60 credits)
Professional Practice offers the opportunity for you to develop professional, entrepreneurial and employability skills by undertaking some form of work-based experience within an organisation.
You will identify and negotiate a work placement in an appropriate media organisation, where you will observe, review and/or carry out a defined task or project.
In preparation for this, there will be a series of workshops and lectures on employability, entrepreneurship and professional skills, including pitching and presentation. You will also write a 3,000 word critical report, reflecting on the process of finding a placement and on the placement itself.
Autumn, Term 4
- Final Major Project (continued)
The Final Major Project allows you to develop your area of special interest in arts and lifestyle journalism, through the completion of a major project comprising of:
- An individually authored piece, or body of journalism, in one or more media.
- A business plan and pitching document, setting out the potential audiences and markets for your work.
- A critical and reflective report on your project, which examines the theoretical and cultural context of your work and the professional and ethical considerations and issues involved in its production.
Details of your individual project will require a written proposal of 1,000 words for discussion and agreement with your tutors.
If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.
How to apply
You can begin your application for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the course Entry Requirements section to learn about the application process, including detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.
Required information for all postgraduate course applications
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.
Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).
Extra information required for applications to this course
Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email.
From January 2017 you will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Personal statement
The course leader will then review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application, from January 2017.
The admissions team will be in touch after that to let you know the outcome and to guide you through the next steps.
Start your application now
Applications are accepted and offers are made throughout the year. Early application is advised.
The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.
We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.
Recruitment and admissions
In order to be considered, you would have achieved an Honours degree or equivalent professional qualifications with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.
If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience.
Language requirements (International/EU)
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.
All applications will be reviewed by the course team who will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:
- Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
- Then they will scrutinise your personal statement, any previous work experience
- Then they will consider your portfolio of work and your interview
Academic or professional references are not required for this course.
Applicants are assessed on the following selection criteria, and are expected to demonstrate:
- Sufficient prior knowledge and experience of and/or potential in arts and lifestyle journalism to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject
- Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for Arts and Lifestyle Journalism
- A well-articulated rationale for applying for the course
- A capacity for intellectual enquiry
- An openness for new ideas
- A mature attitude to study
The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in arts and lifestyle journalism and that you have thought very carefully about why you wish to study on the course.
Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.
Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.
Portfolio and interview advice
All potential candidates are interviewed. Applicants may be asked to present a portfolio of work or relevant written or published work. They will need to demonstrate knowledge of the worlds of journalism and engage in critical discussion.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.
Home / EU and International students
Funding opportunities available for this course:
MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism would be a natural progression for graduates of journalism or media courses with an interest in the arts and lifestyle or graduates of undergraduate courses in arts-related subjects who wish to develop their journalistic skills within their field of expertise.
The course is aimed at students who are enthusiastic and informed about arts and lifestyle, and want to develop the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to the public. It will prepare students for a future career as staff or freelance journalists working in print, online or broadcast; or in a wide range of roles within organisations such as in- house publications for galleries and museums, content marketing and public relations.
The course would also be suitable for a working journalist intending to specialise in this field or an artist, photographer or other practitioner wishing to develop communication and narrative skills around their practice.
Students within the course have secured places in publications such as Uncut, Grazia, Made in Shroeditch, Majestic Disorder and The Financial Times, amongst others. The Financial Times offers an annual bursary to a Home/EU student, which is also linked to the opportunity to do work experience in their renown Arts section.
UAL Jobs and Careers
UAL has a number of services and networks that hold regular workshops and careers fairs developed to help you establish and promote your career in the arts, design, or media. These include:
Careers and Employability are the University's dedicated careers and professional practice service. We help UAL students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. We run events throughout the year on all aspects of the career journey.
Creative Opportunities jobs board helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities and connect with organisations and companies in the creative sector. We post jobs and paid internships, part-time work, freelance contracts and full-time opportunities.