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MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

College
LCC
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

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

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • 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, Wallpaper, 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 14 November

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: Vilma Paasivaara

Graduate Vilma tells us about working at Hole and Corner magazine.

Student Voices: Dalia Dawood

Dalia talks about her experience producing the magazine Oppose.

Student Voices: Aliaa El Sherbini

Graduate Aliaa talks about the range of facilities at LCC and why she enjoyed studying in London.

Student Voices: Mohamed Alaradi

Graduating student Mohamed talks about his involvement with the Refugee Journalism Project and his final year work.

Student Voices: Sabrina Faramarzi

Sabrina's final year project looks at secular congregations.

Student Voices: Harriet Lloyd-Smith

Harriet tells us about her final year project based around the issues that employees of the London Underground face on a daily basis.

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

Facilities

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

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

Course overview

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism covers journalism about art and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, and also tells stories about societal changes that reflect the ways in which we live, work and see ourselves.

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.

Mode of Study

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism is in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study.

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.

Term 1

Units summary:

  • Journalism in Print and Online (40 credits)
  • Critical Perspectives 1 (20 credits)

In Journalism in Print and Online 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’ll 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.

Critical Perspectives 1 examines theoretical and contextual issues concerning arts and lifestyle journalism, with a particular focus on ethical questions.

You will analyse and explore the context within which journalism operates and the particular issues that practitioners face. You will also explore the niche field of lifestyle journalism itself, its definitions, possibilities, and challenges, look at new players in the sector and discuss how it can be a robust, relevant and potentially disruptive form of storytelling.

Particular attention is given to issues of consumption, globalisation, travel and cosmopolitanism, amongst others

Term 2

Units summary:

  • Journalism and Print Online (continued)
  • Critical Perspectives 2 (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Critical Perspective 2 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.

You will explore notions of creativity and experimentation within journalism, the relationship of the field with the creative industries and its role in the creation of taste.

The Collaborative 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.

Term 3

Units summary:

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

The aim of Audio and Video Journalism 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.

Lastly, the Final Major Project 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:

  • An authored piece or body of journalism using one or more suitable media (as a guide, a written piece would be expected to be 7,000 or 8,000 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.

Term 4

Units summary:

  • Final Major Project (continued)

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • ​Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Supervised practice
  • E-learning
  • Reflections on practice
  • Self-directed learning
  • Presentations and pitches 

Assessment methods

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

This course uses the following assessment strategies:

Holistic: This unit is assessed holistically (100% of the unit). In holistic assessment you may be asked to submit one or more pieces of work, but your tutors will look at all your work for the unit and make a single judgement about your performance against the University’s marking criteria. You will receive a single grade and a single feedback form. You will need to achieve a grade of D- or above to pass the unit.

Element: The assessment for this unit is weighted. In element-based assessment, you must achieve at least an E grade in each element, and an aggregate grade of at least D- in the overall unit. Failure (F, or F-), or non-submission in any element defaults to Fail for the unit.

Staff

Lucia  Vodanovic

Lucia Vodanovic

Course Leader, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Simon  Hinde

Simon Hinde

Programme Director, Journalism and Publishing

Rebecca  Pearce

Rebecca Pearce

Acting Course Leader, 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 disability@arts.ac.uk 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.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Language requirements

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

Making your application

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 postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • 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.

Extra information required for applications to this course

  • Portfolio

Start your application 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.

Apply now

Application deadline

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

Transfers

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Find out about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy which includes what you need to include in your application.

CV

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.

Deferrals

Deferring an offer

If you are offered a place for 2020/21 but wish to defer to 2021/22, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2019/20 for entry in 2021/22)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application.

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 postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • 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

Please note: we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Extra information required for applications to this course:

  • Portfolio

Start your application 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.

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

Apply now

Application deadline

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

Transfers

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Find out about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy which includes what you need to include in your application.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

CV

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.

Deferrals

Deferring an offer

If you are offered a place for 2020/21 but wish to defer to 2021/22, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2019/20 for entry in 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal. Please log into the portal, as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, and you can contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

Portfolio and interview information

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.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220 (2020/21).

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.

Accommodation

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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