MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

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Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2016 for 2017/18 entry.

Develop the advanced skills you’ll need for a successful career in journalism. Create substantial pieces of journalism on aspects of arts, culture and lifestyle that you’re passionate about and learn from tutors with extensive professional experience of arts journalism in print, broadcast and online.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: 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.  

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Course Leader

Dr. Lucia Vodanovic

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year 3 months (45 weeks across a four-term model)
Home/EU Fee

2017/18: £8,500 (Full-time)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL. 

International Fee

2017/18: £17,920 (Full-time)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.

Content and Structure


MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism prepares students for this important and 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 and other areas. 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 city, London College of Communication is the ideal place to study this dynamic branch of journalism. Guided by tutors with professional, multiplatform experience gained at national newspapers and websites, the BBC, Sky TV and elsewhere, you will develop key practical journalistic skills and learn how to apply them to your particular area of interest in arts, culture and lifestyle.

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

Units Summary:

  • 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.

There will be detailed study of the legal and regulatory systems that apply in the UK and Europe, and 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

Units Summary:

  • 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 etc. 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 delivered at the College or remotely. 

Summer, Term 3

Units Summary:

  • 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 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

Units Summary:

  • Final Major Project (continued) 

The Final Major Project allows you to develop your specialist interest in arts and lifestyle journalism, through the completion of a major project comprising of:

  • A 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.

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.


Course LeaderLucia Vodanovic

The course is delivered by a range of full time, part time and visiting staff all of whom are experts and practitioners in their fields.

Visiting lecturers and industry practitioners who have been involved in the course include Bruno Bayley (Vice), Ben Eastham (The Write Review), Tom Horan (The Guardian, The Telegraph, Nowness), Kieran Yates (The Guardian, NME) and Elsa Coustou (Tate), amongst several others.


Career pathways

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.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We are here to help you establish your career and achieve success in your chosen field. Our strong relationships with industry give our students exclusive opportunities and access to networks and funding.

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL jobs and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which provide help and advice with career development and hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

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 you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • 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. 

Selection Criteria

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:

  1. Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  2. Then they will scrutinise your personal statement, any previous work experience
  3. 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
  • Initiative
  • A mature attitude to study

Personal Statement

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.

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.


Home / EU and International students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

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