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Summer Study Abroad -  Journalism
London College of Communication
Open to all levels

This course is intended to develop your skills as a journalist, providing a rewarding insight into how to apply these core abilities to create accurate and compelling content across media platforms.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Next start dates:

Our next dates are to be confirmed. Register for updates.

Why choose Journalism?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the BA Journalism degree programme at London College of Communication.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

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 English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.5 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

This course is intended to develop your skills as a journalist, providing a rewarding insight into how to apply these core abilities to create accurate and compelling content across media platforms. In lecture and workshop settings, students will study writing in a range of genres including news, features, reviews and comment pieces. Working closely with social media and online blogging tools, you will explore the modern digital landscape, applying this knowledge and practical skills to a personal, bespoke web project. Under the guidance of staff and industry guests you will plan, research, produce and publish a feature-length piece of journalism on a topic and in a medium or media of your choice.

This course is ideal for students who are thinking about a career in content creation or journalism or are heading for further study in this area. The summer school is based on classes from BA Journalism programme at London College of Communication. If you need and supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you.


  • Provide an understanding of multimedia journalism and relevant web platforms
  • Develop your ideas through observation and research
  • Develop research, writing and publishing skills appropriate to your digital project
  • Plan, research, produce and publicize through social media a range of articles published to a bespoke web project
  • Present your journalism development and outcome

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into multimedia online features (Research, Subject Knowledge)
  • An ability to conduct primary and secondary journalistic research from a range of sources (Research, Analysis)
  • Produce journalism in a range of media (Communication and Presentation)
  • An ability to work with a range of technical equipment and publishing software to produce multi-platform content (Technical competence)

Requirements for Assessment

  • Creation of pieces of journalism
  • Contribution to online media presence
  • Presentation of ideas and concept development

Tutor information

Ben Gilbert

Ben Gilbert is an NCTJ-trained journalist with more than 15 years’ experience at the frontline of web media at leading digital platforms such as Yahoo and Microsoft. Most recently, he was editorial director at the disruptive startup MOVE Guides. A former music journalist, Ben has developed digital content strategy and created dynamic content as a writer, editor and producer. He is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication and Westminster University, holding an MA in Media, Culture & Communication from the Institute of Education.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: To be confirmed

Cost: To be confirmed

Total class hours: 120 hours

Non-class hours: 120 hours

Credit value: 12 credits

Level: Beginners

Location: London College of Communication


  • A notepad and pen
  • Smartphone with camera
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • You should also have a Transport for London travel card for getting around London. You may want to wait for the induction session before buying this

Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Scholarship for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

Find out how to apply

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The scholarships cover the tuition-fee only and depend on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Scholarship winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad and the scholarship scheme.

Course handbook

Download an example course handbook Summer Journalism handbook (656KB).


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