School of Media
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Engaging different audiences. Commissioning and designing content. Working across multiple platforms. Developing viable commercial projects. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Gain the creative and professional tools you need and build your experience and research skills with this resource-rich programme. The course provides an arena in which you can gain publishing knowledge, create books, magazines and digital products and services, experiment with different outputs, present compelling publishing ideas, collaborate with the wider UAL community and connect with leading industry players.
MA Publishing is currently going through revalidation and will be undergoing developments in 2016/17, subject to formal approval. All applicants applying for September 2016 entry will be applying for the newly revalidated version of the course. Please note aspects of the current course content is subject to change.
Find out about the range of funding options available for postgraduate study.
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||1 year 3 months full time (60 weeks across a four-term model)|
£8,250 (2016/17 fees). There is an additional £900 residential fee for International Residential Summer School and Events costs.
£17,230 (2016/17 fees). There is an additional £900 residential fee for International Residential Summer School and Events costs.
A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are also available to postgraduate students at UAL.
|Start Date||September 2016|
|Term Dates||September 2016 - December 2017|
Direct to the College. See the How to Apply tab for details.
|Application Deadline||Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.|
The world leading MA Publishing course at London College of Communication allows you to hit the ground running. It combines theoretical and practice-based approaches to teaching and learning so you can prepare for future employment, obtaining a strategic, practical and integrated command of publishing within digital and multi-platform publishing and international contexts.
The course offers the choice of two teaching and learning specialisms: book multi-platform publishing or magazine multi-platform publishing. It is aimed at people who are aiming to advance their careers to management level within the global publishing industry. Graduates who have completed our postgraduate publishing courses since 1969 can be found throughout the world in senior positions within publishing and communications practice.
The course design and curriculum takes an integrated multiplatform stance. Digital applications are covered throughout your time at the College, across units within either chosen learning specialism. The course is led by specialist staff and enables you to take the lead in the management and production of creative content for a range of audiences via different platforms (web, digital, mobile tablets and devices and print).
Throughout the course there is an emphasis on group work, practical publishing projects and engagement with industry through leading guest speakers, visits and placements.
Our unique resources will allow you to realise the production and publishing of actual books, magazines, websites or conference events when applying publishing and project management methods in Phase 2.
You will also develop the necessary research techniques to undertake a major research study or dissertation and you will complete the study of two electives. New perspectives on publishing are gained from visiting another country for one week as part of the international residential summer school for MA students.
The course is taught within the lecture theatres and the specialised publishing facilities at the College, which includes the MA Publishing Studio for practice-based learning. In addition, you will have access to the offset printing and digital equipment in the print Room. View the facilities at LCC.
This course is taught within the School of Media.
Assessment is based on written reports and group presentations underpinned by theoretical and practical team projects. The final phase for the MA includes the writing up of a report of 12,000 to 15,000 words on your major research study.
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.
Unit summary: Major Project (continued)
Complementing the above taught and assessed learning units the course includes the following additional activities:
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.
Our MA Publishing graduates are highly prized by the international publishing industry, across both print and digital media. The course has an excellent record of graduates entering employment. The heritage of the College and our alumni cut across all sectors of communication, design and media professional practice areas, at home and internationally.
Typically, our graduates enter first level entry jobs across all of the different functional areas of publishing editorial, production, digital and marketing and sales. They are highly sought after by publishing employers because our graduates can hit the ground running and add value immediately. Accordingly, we find that their careers accelerate beyond the normal and they move up to executive and managerial positions quicker than most.
The transferable skills you will gain on this course can be applied to a wide range of management, media and communications areas, functions and sectors. These can be applied across the private corporate and SME sectors, or the public sector, including international and voluntary not for profit organisations. Some of our past graduates have started their own publishing micro-businesses, or have developed careers related to the digital communications sector.
Importantly, besides the traditional sectors, the course prepares our graduates to enter new jobs within integrated cross-media and digital publishing. This includes media and communications service units in private, public, not-for-profit and international organisations. Many graduates now also find job roles as executives in digital marketing and social media roles and as online content editors.
We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career.
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 job 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 promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:
As part of the application process you’ll need to submit a personal statement describing why you want to study MA Publishing at LCC. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate:
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.
Funding opportunities available for this course:
You can apply 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 following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
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).
Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
You will be required to submit a personal statement describing why you want to study MA Publishing at LCC, candidates will be expected to demonstrate:
Applications are accepted, and offers 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.
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.