BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing students go on to enjoy brilliant careers in editorial, production, marketing, and sales positions across the world of media publishing. This wide-ranging course explores media studies, journalism, law, production and business management, and will give you the creative, analytical and transferable skills necessary to succeed in this increasingly dynamic, evolving media world.

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

BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing graduate Ben Lifton has been nominated for the PPA New Talent Awards 2015.

Graduate Ben Lifton nominated for the PPA New Talent Awards - LCC Blog. 

LCC publishing students present to IPC Media panel.
Terry Beasley

Students present to the UK’s largest magazine publishers IPC Media panel - LCC Blog. 

Future of Publishing, BA Magazine Publishing course leader Lorraine Mallon

'The future of publishing will be digital' - LCC Blog. 

Funding opportunities

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Facts

Course Leader

Anne Coddington

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years full time
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (to be confirmed for 2017/18)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (to be confirmed for 2017/18)

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineApplications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeV0G3
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing is a unique course that combines the practical and technical skills of journalism, editing and production with a contextual understanding of the business of publishing within the creative industries.

The course has been developed in response to the huge change in media and magazine consumption, where the world of publishing exists inside and outside of the media industry, from customer publishing to in-house communications.

There is also a vibrant independent magazine scene whose epicenter is London, part of a renaissance for the printed page. Today more magazines are published than ever, and across many platforms.

Magazine Journalism and Publishing at LCC

London College of Communication has a rich history of teaching magazine publishing and journalism and boasts distinguished alumni that have gone onto successful careers in the industry.

Based in central London, LCC benefits from invaluable links with a number of major media organisations and publishers. Guest lectures, conferences and master classes also give students access to a range of high profile industry speakers.

What can you expect?

There are two main strands to the course Editoral and Publishing.

The first strand, Editorial, is practice based and focuses on the creation of magazine content and the curation of its narratives. You will learn the editorial and production skills necessary to plan, commission and produce both print and digital magazines. You will do this by working on College publications and by having the opportunity to generate your own original publishing projects.

In the second strand, Publishing, you will analyse markets and readerships, and also develop strong creative media management and entrepreneurial skills that are directed to launching magazines or working collaboratively to create a branded media project.

You’ll develop good research, communication and analytical skills that are important to the modern media environment and also have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement to contextualise this learning.

The two strands combine to offer a broad approach to the study of journalism and publishing that will enable you to develop a toolkit of transferable skills crucial for practitioners working in the new multi-platform environment.

Learning and teaching

Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements.

Structure

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Magazine Journalism and Publishing (20 credits)
  • Editorial 1: Journalism and Branded Content (40 Credits)
  • Publishing 1: Magazine Culture and Industry (40 Credits)
  • Editorial 2: Art, Design and Production (20 Credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

  • Publishing 2: The Business of Magazines (20 Credits)
  • Editorial 3: Multimedia Content and Production (20 Credits)
  • Publishing 3: Business Plan (20 Credits)
  • Industry Placement Portfolio (20 Credits)
  • Collaborative unit (20 Credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

  • Major Editorial Project (60 Credits)
  • Major Publishing Project (60 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.

Staff

Programme Director: Simon Hinde

Course Leader: Anne Coddington

Senior Lecturer: Simon Das

Senior Lecturer, Publishing Media: Keith Martin

Associate Lecturer: Lawrence Lartey

Careers

Our graduates are working as researchers and creatives in media planning, as journalists in busy news organisations, in design and production roles in both traditional and new media publishing, and in exciting marketing positions, everywhere from major brand publishers through to innovative craft creators. 

Alumni include:

  • Sarah Sandiford, Social media assistant at Laura Ashley (also fashion blogger)
  • Jessica Weston and Victoria Brown, Media sales at ITV
  • Jennifer Harvey, Project Manager at Google
  • Chris Cooley, Content Assistant at Quad (creative media agency in London)
  • Danny Reed, Assistant Editor at GQ Style Magazine (twice yearly brand extension)
  • Liam Fearn, Copywriter at Select NY agency (Paris based advertising agency)
  • Margaret Werner, Graphic Design Assistant at Biedermann und Brandstift (agency in Frankfurt)

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

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:

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

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: J525
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and admissions

The course team recognise applicants come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds from across the world. The course in the main attracts students who apply direct from A level or other equivalent qualifications but it also welcomes students from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Pathway) and other art courses as well as mature students who may have worked in industry.

Applicants would be expected to demonstrate a confirmed interest in magazines, from their creation and design through to areas of marketing and distribution. Therefore, the personal statement is an important element of the application process.

Due to the wide range of skills and applications needed within this publishing area, applicants would be expected to have good creative skills, and students for whom English is a second language will be required to demonstrate a level of written and spoken English.

The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging and include Arts and Humanities and Social Science subjects.

Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission onto BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing applicants normally need:

  • 200 UCAS tariff points (gained at GCE Advanced level) will be considered, supported by passes in five other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. 

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved:

  • One subject at GCE Advanced level and Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Pathway), supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. 
  • We also accept people with the equivalent qualifications obtained through a National Diploma, Access, NVQ and a variety of other pre-University level qualifications including International and European Baccalaureate. Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered.
  • We also accept those with relevant professional and vocational qualifications.

Other Entry Routes

We also welcome applicants such as mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience. Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with journalism and publishing theory and practice. In such cases students applying on the basis of their previous experience or who wish to enter the course through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes should apply via UCAS and will be guided by the admissions staff on the AP(E)L processes.

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 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our Language Requirements page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad website for details on how to apply or contact the Study Abroad office:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and course leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria:

  • Firstly they will look at your qualifications (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your academic or personal reference
  • Then they will review your personal statement. The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in magazine publishing and that you have thought very carefully about why you want to study on this course.

Personal Statement

Through your personal statement, you should show a strong interest in magazine journalism and publishing. This can be demonstrated through work experience or studying, and in addtion your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should take great care when writing your personal statement to ensure that it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your biggest chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. It is also an opportunity for you to state what you feel you would bring to the course. 

Interview advice

Occasionally an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application with the Course Leader, or who the Course Leader feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to final consideration.

If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your personal statement (from which the Course Leader’s questions may arise). The interview will be relatively informal and normally take place at LCC.

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