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MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Start date
September 2019
Course length
1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

Course summary

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism will equip you with the advanced skills you'll need for a successful career in journalism.

Five reasons to apply

  • This is the only arts and lifestyle journalism course in the country.
  • It is a multimedia course committed to explore experimentation and creativity within journalism; we are not a news journalism course.
  • Graduates have gone on to work in established media, for places such as The Guardian, Hole and Corner and Artnet, amongst others.
  • We place emphasis on learning practical skills and developing a personal voice, informed by reflection and critical theory.
  • The course is part of the Media School at LCC; you'll benefit from being part of a community that spans the disciplines of publishing, advertising, public relations, media communications, photography, and journalism.

Open evenings

The next Open Evening for this course will be on Thursday 15 November.

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MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism course film

Staff, students and graduates give an insight into the course in this short video // Film by Archie Sinclair

Voices in Publishing

MA Arts and Lifestyle journalism students show Oppose Magazine, a collaborative student project, at Voices in Publishing event at London College of Communication in March 2018 // Film by Mohamed Alaradi

Student Voices: Sabrina Faramarzi

Student Voices // MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism // Sabrina Faramarzi

Student Voices: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

Student Voices // Harriet Lloyd-Smith // MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Front cover of Oppose Magazine: a white background with the word 'Oppose' written across

Oppose Magazine

Oppose Magazine was created by MA Arts and Lifestyle students at LCC, following a creative assignment set by Journalism Programme Director Simon Hinde.

Photo of a smiling woman wearing a pink turban on the front cover of Posh Club magazine

The Posh Club magazine

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism students worked with Duckie to produce a magazine about The Posh Club – a weekly social & showbiz event.

Course stories


A close-up of the moveable type available in the Letterpress area.
Image © Lewis Bush

Printing and finishing

Discover our printing techniques, from Lithographic Printing to Print Finishing and Bookbinding.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
Image © Ana Escobar

The Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

A journalism student working in one of the audio studios.
Image © Alys Tomlinson


Journalism students have access to an onsite newsroom, media lab and audio studios.

Course details

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism covers journalism about fine art, contemporary art and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, celebrity culture. The course encourages a rigorous journalistic approach, with a focus on ethical, international and professional standards.

Situated in the heart of the city, London College of Communication is the ideal place to study this dynamic branch of journalism. Guided by tutors with professional and multi-platform experience (gained at national newspapers, websites, the BBC and Sky TV), you'll develop key practical journalistic skills and learn how to apply them to your particular area of interest.

You will also attend sessions and events with industry guest speakers; in the past, names have included  Bruno Bayley, editor of Vice UK (and a former student at LCC), and Jan Dalley, arts editor of the Financial Times, 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.

Course units

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 One

Units summary:

  • Journalism in Print and Online (40 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives One (20 credits)

In this 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 written and online media.

You will analyse examples of journalism from a range of media and countries and explore the technical, practical and journalistic aspects of narratives, including the generation of ideas, research, sourcing, news-gathering, editing, writing and production. There's a particular focus on what makes a compelling story and the application of appropriate multimedia techniques.

This unit examines theoretical and contextual issues concerning arts and lifestyle journalism, with a particular focus on ethical and legal questions. You'll 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.

The aim is to provide you with a thorough understanding of ethical issues and debates in journalism and the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks and the ability to analyse and consider these in the context of your own practice.

Spring, Term Two

Units summary:

  • Journalism and Print Online (continued)
  • Critical Perspectives Two (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Critical Perspective Two examines the development and contexts of arts and lifestyle journalism, identifying significant practitioners and movements, analysing 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 and appreciate the role of the media and journalism in relation to society, including issues of representation, ownership, technological change and the commercial environment.

This unit is designed to enable you to identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners. These could be: postgraduate student colleagues at the college or university level; postgraduate students at other Higher Education Institutions; external parties (e.g. companies, cultural organisations, community-based groups, NGOs, charities etc.)

The nature of the collaboration will involve working on a project whose outcomes are agreed by your tutors and will take the form of group work that can happen within the college or digitally / remotely. The focus of the unit is student-driven collaborations with projects being developed to meet the specific requirements of student groups within and across disciplinary boundaries.

Summer, Term Three

Units summary:

  • Audio and Video Journalism (20 credits)
  • Final Major Project (60 credits)

The aim of this unit is to help you develop the technical, production and critical skills you will need to be able to produce audio-visual content in the context of arts and lifestyle journalism. It will enable you to sample and practise skills you may decide to employ in your final major project. During this unit, you will be introduced to broadcast interviewing and production techniques, recording/shooting equipment for both audio and video, as well as editing skills.

Part of the learning process will be to critically examine the conventions and requirements of broadcast media, with particular reference to arts & lifestyle features, documentaries and podcasts. There will be opportunities to practise and experiment with audio and video before you create your own piece of journalism in your chosen medium.

Autumn, Term Four

Units summary:

  • Final Major Project (continued)

This unit allows you to develop your specialist interest in arts and lifestyle journalism through the completion of a major project. You will produce an authored piece or body of journalism, based on substantial primary research and secondary sources, which will demonstrate your awareness of the contextual, theoretical, professional and ethical aspects of the field. Your final portfolio will comprise:

  • the authored piece or body of journalism using one or more suitable media (as a guide, a written piece would be expected to be 10,000 words in length);
  • A business plan and pitching document setting out the potential audiences and markets for your work.

Details of your individual project will require a written proposal of 1,000 words for discussion and agreement with your tutors.

Learning and teaching methods

The course objectives are assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Lectures, which introduce and explore the theoretical and contextual aspects of the course and their application to practice
  • Seminars, which explore and evaluate the concepts discussed in the lectures
  • Workshops from academic and technical staff and visiting journalists and other industry practitioners which introduce and develop technical and professionals skills and techniques
  • Tutorials in which you will have the opportunity to discuss your work in detail with a member of staff
  • Supervised practice
  • E-learning
  • Reflections on practice
  • Self-directed learning
  • Presentations and pitches on which you receive feedback

Assessment methods

The course outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Practical project work and computer based activities.
  • Prepared writing.
  • Workshop based activities.
  • Written research projects.
  • The creation of a portfolio of collection of work which may contain a number of different activities.

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.

Webpage updates

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.


Lucia  Vodanovic

Lucia Vodanovic

Course Leader, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Simon  Hinde

Simon Hinde

Programme Director, Journalism and Publishing

Rebecca  Pearce

Rebecca Pearce

Lecturer, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Stuart  Turnbull

Stuart Turnbull

Associate Lecturer, MA and BA (Hons) Journalism

Guest speakers

Simon Usborne (freelance, Financial Times, Independent etc.)
Sam Wolfson (executive editor, Vice)
Jasper Jackson (digital editor, New Statesman)
Lorena Munoz Alonso (freelance, Artnet etc.)
Jan Dalley (arts and culture editor, Financial Times)
Andy Jones (freelance, Vice, Sunday Times, BBC etc.)
Lydia Garnett (founder/editor, Accent magazine)
Tom Horan (freelance, Telegraph, Guardian etc.)

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

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, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with 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.

For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

Selection criteria

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of a critical knowledge and/or experience of Arts and Lifestyle Journalism that would indicate potential to successfully undertake the programme of study
  • An academic or professional background in a relevant area
  • A well-articulated rationale for applying for the course that demonstrates an enthusiasm for Arts and Lifestyle Journalism
  • A demonstrable capacity for intellectual enquiry and openness to new ideas


Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

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 applicants are asked to submit as part of their application an electronic portfolio of work, or of relevant written or published work. The portfolio should include some examples of image-led and visual work from either education or professional practice.

Applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of the world of journalism and to engage in critical discussion. Please upload a maximum of 20 images, in one PDF upload.

All potential candidates are interviewed, either in person at LCC, or via Skype or telephone.


Deferring an offer

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Making your application

We ask all applicants to complete an online application and upload additional digital items, via the Apply now link, below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the course Entry Requirements section to learn about the application process and additional items you would need to supply.

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • First, they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and portfolio
  • Then they will consider your profile of work and your interview

There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Before submitting your application, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the application form. Once you have submitted the online application, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

You will be asked to supply:

  • Portfolio

After you have submitted your application, the course leader will then review your work and may invite you to interview or interview you via Skype, and will then make a decision on your application.

The admissions team will be in touch soon after that to let you know the outcome and to guide you through the next steps.

Starting your application

Applications are accepted and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Apply now

The online application 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 press submit.

As you progress through the application process we will send you emails with important information, so do check your inbox regularly (and junk folder, just in case).

After you apply

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£10,890 (2019/20).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

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.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

Home / EU and International students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Career paths

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.

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