Summer: Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Woman with arms out, on a bright green background.
Very Now exhibition at LCC. Photo by Lewis Bush.

This course will develop your skills as a multimedia journalist in the field of arts and lifestyle. In a workshop setting you will study writing, video-making and audio journalism. The course will cover different genres including news, features, reviews and opinion pieces...

Taught by: Mischa Smith


This course will develop your skills as a multimedia journalist in the field of arts and lifestyle. In a workshop setting you will study writing, video-making and audio journalism. The course will cover different genres including news, features, reviews and opinion pieces. It will be taught by experienced teachers and professional journalists. This course is ideal for you if you are thinking about a career in content creation or journalism or are heading for further study in this area. 

Course Aims

  • To give you an understanding of arts and lifestyle journalism and relevant media platforms
  • To develop your ideas through observation, research and storyboarding
  • To develop writing, online portfolio, publishing layout design skills appropriate to your project
  • To plan and publish a short ‘zine and contribute to an online media presence 
  • To teach you how to present your journalism development and outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into arts and lifestyle features (Research, Subject Knowledge)
  • An ability to locate and evaluate information from a range of written and / or visual sources (Research, Analysis)
  • An ability to communicate ideas and arguments in an academic form (Communication and Presentation)
  • An ability to work with a range of technical equipment and production software to produce multi-platform content (Technical competence)

Requirements for Assessment

  • Contribution to online media presence
  • Presentation of ideas and concept development 
  • Short printed ‘zine  

Course Outline

Week One:

Monday: Welcome to LCC, interviewing lecture and workshop 
Tuesday: Biography writing, study trip and presentation assignment 
Wednesday: Foundations of journalism, feature writing lecture 
Thursday: Presentation, project brief  
Friday: Writing for print vs. online, multi-platform writing activity

Week Two:

Monday: Creating an online presence, building a digital platform workshop 
Tuesday: Finding your interests, research visit 
Wednesday: Creating a content strategy for a 'zine, assigning editorial roles 
Thursday: Pitching and developing your ideas 
Friday: Pitching workshop and presentations

Week Three:

Monday: Editorial meeting, developing features 
Tuesday: Production 
Wednesday: Tutorials and production 
Thursday: Production 
Friday: Exhibition and graduation party 

Please note the exact schedule may differ slightly, but the content and syllabus will remain the same.  

Follow On Courses 

Once you have taken this course you may be interested in BA Journalism or MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism.



This course is led by Mischa SmithDelving into the smorgasbord of modern culture, Mischa Smith writes fashion and lifestyle features with the occasional smattering of art and science for good measure. Her work has been featured in Pop, Monolith, Geist and XXY. She also curated the fashion capsule for image portal Retronaut, but today she's more likely to be leafing through the archives of Getty and Corbis to unearth forgotten images of the likes of Joan Didion and Hunter S Thompson for upcoming HarperCollins book, Style Writers.

Inspired by a recent foray into social media for cult street-brand Wavey Garms, Mischa has written about nostalgia for the heady days of UK rave culture and organised events for a new generation decked out in Moschino two-pieces and Gucci loafers. In contrast, she has also worked with luxury brands as part of the Harrods team and IHeart Studios, supporting photographer and stylists to produce look books for one of London's most exclusive stores. Mischa has also worked in PR and assisted the editorial teams at Stylist and LFW The Daily. 

You will also be taught by a range of guest tutors and expert practitioners.

Course Handbook

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Arts and Lifestyle Journalism Summer Study Abroad PDF [128kb]. Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Entry Requirements

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some prior undergraduate study, but do not need to have studied journalism. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

Course Credits

On completion of this course you will recive a short course certificate of attendance. 

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Journalism and will be taught by current members of teaching staff from the renowned journalism programme at London College of Communication.


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 to contact the UAL Study Abroad team.


This course runs in July / August each year, applications are made by online application form.

Booking for Summer 2017 has now closed, please register your interest for Summer 2018: