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MA Publishing

A series of publications laid out on a black table
Kanyarach Boonchun, Nuttaman Dhanesnitaya, Aileen Marr, Natasha Pile, Nadine Smoczynski, Haiou Zhu 2019, MA Publishing, London College of Communication, UAL.
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2022
Course length
1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

Gain the creative and professional tools you'll need for a career in the dynamic publishing sector by mastering how content is commissioned, designed and produced across print and digital media.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

    • With access to excellent facilities, you’ll commission and create physical and digital products, books and magazines - building your confidence in technical literacy, problem-solving and project management.
    • Participating in industry-facing projects, events, prototype testing and research will connect you to academic and creative commercial environments. You’ll also explore publishing challenges around sustainability, diversity and innovation.
    • Creativity, collaboration and enterprise are embedded throughout the course. You’ll anticipate audiences, develop creative publishing projects and understand commercial applications. Our experimental ethos around print and digital will help you bring new ideas into industry.
    • Flexible choices across your assignments will enable you to direct your postgraduate experience and develop a unique skillset alongside your evolving career.
    • LCC provides a unique environment for experimenting and connecting with other creatives, building your transferable skills and networks.

Open Evenings

The next Open Day for this course will be announced soon.

Online Open Day

(Recorded March 2021)

Course Leader Frania Hall, gives an overview of studying MA Publishing at London College of Communication.

Student work

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    , MA Publishing work by Mia Nazareno, Constança Costa, Rebecca Ricci, Maria Jose Contreras, Callista Huang, Kochkorn Kunalungkarn
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    , Ana Bender, Shermin Shams, Rose Friel, Roselle Sabrina Riley-Daly, Yushinka Jolly Jewel and Anastassia Tolbert, MA Publishing 2019, London College of Communication, UAL.
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    , Such is Art by Dominique Malinowska, Benni Mayr, Vivian (Xuanyu) Gu, Anna Pietrangeli, Lauria Galbraith. Such is Art was envisioned as an interactive publication, and so both its printed form and the interactive EPUB has a lot of texture and play.
  • creative-content-kit-ana-bender1.jpg
    , Creative Content Kit by Ana Bender

Student voices

Ben Farmer

Student voices

Ben talks through the process of creating his book Arboretum, about ancient trees around the world.

Ana Bender

Student voices

MA Publishing graduate Ana talks about making her final year project – a creative content kit.

Stefano Mancin

Student voices

Graduating student Stefano talks about his final year project, Utopia Lips, a magazine about comic books.

Yuting Huang

Student voices

MA Publishing student Yuting talks us through their work in the LCC Postgraduate Shows.

Ida Jankowska

Student voices

Ida talks about her final year project that brings virtual reality together with typography.

Course stories

Facilities

  • Student reading a book in between two bookshelves in the Library
    Students in the Digital Space. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
    The Digital Space

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

  • Student using the Screen Printing facility
    Libo Li working in Screen Printing Workshop, Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
    Printing and Finishing

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

  • Red light indicating recording is taking place.
    Image © Vladimir Molico
    Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

    Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

Course overview

MA Publishing combines theoretical and practical approaches to publishing media. Creative and entrepreneurial, this course will give you hands-on experience of multi-platform publishing. You’ll gain a holistic and critical understanding of print and digital publishing which you’ll put into practice through project-based working, developing creative content and exploring innovative ways to engage new audiences.

With the opportunity to specialise in magazine or book publishing through your choice of assignments, you’ll be introduced to concepts across both media, building your transferable skillset while exploring the evolution of publishing as a creative industry.

You’ll choose your own journey through the course, developing industry-facing and academic skills before completing a major project that suits your interests.

What to expect

  • You’ll develop a unique and flexible skillset for your future career through practical projects and events, creative collaborations, engagement with industry networks and participation in professional activities.
  • All publishing is collaborative in some way, so you’ll take part in co-creation projects such as our annual Publishing Innovation Event.
  • Digital processes and formats are embedded throughout the course and you’ll have access to digital publishing platforms to enable you to build your own projects and portfolio and to develop a highly transferrable set of skills in print and digital publishing
  • Your final project will examine an issue, question or problem in publishing using primary academic research methodologies with a choice of outcomes, developing research skills that are applicable to industry settings and which will support you for future academic study.
  • In Term 2, you’ll take the initiative on professional projects, developing your confidence in project management, decision-making and problem-solving. Specialist staff with industry experience will help you to develop your professional approach to publishing.

Work experience and opportunities

You’ll develop your own industry links through opportunities such as guest lectures and discussions, feedback from industry partners, mentoring programmes, and an embedded programme of employability sessions.

You’ll also have opportunities to participate in live projects across both LCC and UAL, while previous industry projects have included collaborations with Penguin Random House and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Our graduates go on to work across traditional and emerging roles in publishing and creative environments: from large companies to small start-ups, from mainstream to independent book and magazine sectors.

You’ll learn skills that are highly transferrable and could lead to careers in the wider content, intellectual property and audience-centred creative industries including brand communications or media/creative agencies.

Mode of Study

MA Publishing 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.

Contact us

For queries relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students.

To register your interest and receive information and updates about studying at UAL, please complete this form.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for or to ask a question, please contact us.

Course units

Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves 7 units, totalling 180 credits.

Autumn, Term 1

The first stage of the course introduces publishing theory and analyses aspects of content and audience. You’ll explore the publishing process from commissioning and copyright to marketing and production. You’ll learn critical approaches and make connections across your growing holistic understanding of publishing. You’ll start to explore aspects of research that will underpin your final project.

Context (20 credits)

Surveying the theoretical context and creative industries in which publishing sits, you’ll focus on building your academic research and reading skills.

Content (20 credits)

Taking a practical approach to learning, this unit will support you to explore the traditional commercial frameworks for books and magazines. You’ll analyse and evaluate ways to source and develop content, as well as designing and producing different types of content using print and digital production methods.

Audience (20 credits)

You’ll explore ways to analyse and understand markets as well as creative approaches to identifying and engaging diverse audiences for published content. The focus of this unit is on industry-facing assignments.

Spring, Term 2

The second stage of the course provides opportunities to develop creative and collaborative approaches to publishing. With the focus on projects, you’ll have the opportunity to put your learning into practice. Research, practical working and industry-facing activity continue through these units.

You'll have the opportunity to experiment, connect with other creative people and develop your thinking around future publishing applications.

Audience (continued)

Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Applying your learning so far, you’ll work alongside other creatives to manage a publishing project to a deadline. This project emphasises practical aspects of workflow and project management as well as creativity in collaboration.

Innovation (20 credits)

Offering the opportunity to build on your digital skillset, you’ll conceptualise an experimental publishing product or service in digital-only formats. You’ll think about content from a digital-first perspective, examining existing models of innovation and exploring new business models for digital products. This project involves research to drive experimentation.

Professional Practice and Enterprise (20 credits)

This unit focuses on your professional journey with support and discussions looking at future careers and opportunities in the sector. You will engage in conversations with industry guests, be involved in producing our annual publishing event and explore cutting edge ideas in publishing.

Summer, Term 3 and Autumn, Term 4

Innovation (continued)​

Professional Practice and Enterprise (continued) 

Major Project (60 credits)

The Major Project is your opportunity to develop a significant project of your own, building on your learning from the previous stages.

Choices of output here allow you to explore an industry-facing publishing issue, question or problem, depending on your particular interests and personal approach.

You may choose to work on a dissertation, a research project leading to the development of an artefact or prototype, or a business strategy research document.

All choices will involve conducting primary research, applying methodologies that are taught as part of this unit; a critical and analytical approach, as appropriate to a higher level of study, will be reflected across these options ensuring this research stage is challenging and stimulating.

The unit commences with taught sessions in the first part of the summer term before you’ll continue to work independently on your project for the remainder of the course, with the support of your supervisor.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and discussions
  • Practice based workshops
  • Online learning activities and exercises (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Supervised studio work
  • Portfolio and project development
  • Simulations
  • Experiential learning from publishing projects and proposals
  • Formative assessments within units
  • Independent and collaborative working

Assessment methods

  • Academic essays and research documents 
  • Professional reports and pitches
  • Critical evaluative reports
  • Group presentations
  • Reflective responses 
  • Final major project

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

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world.

Students are admitted on to the course having gained the necessary entry requirements. An Honours degree of 2:1 and above is required, or an equivalent international degree. In some circumstances a 2:2 is considered (this might be based on personal circumstances or strength of interest and clear capability to undertake the course as indicated in the application form and interview).

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

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

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

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 a minimum of 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.

Selection criteria

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

  • A demonstrable capacity for intellectual enquiry at masters level
  • Evidence of critical engagement with current observable trends related to publishing
  • Reflection on any relevant experience from your academic or professional background
  • A well-articulated rationale for applying to the course that demonstrates an enthusiasm for publishing
  • A demonstrable ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively as well as evidence of an openness to new ideas

Making your application

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

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:

  • Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and any work experience
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

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

There are no additional items (portfolio or study proposal) required for this course, and no direct work experience is required.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course 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.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

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

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MA Publishing. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course. You should include some ideas about future plans around a professional life after the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject 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.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

For all postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply by 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or by 13 April 2022 for Round 2. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any queries and progress your application as quickly as possible.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds, after each application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by (at the latest) end of March and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by end of June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

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:

  • Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and any work experience
  • There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Required information for all 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

There are no additional items (portfolio or study proposal) required for this course, and no direct work experience is required.

Start your application now

There are two ways international students can apply:

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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 submit the application form.

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course 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.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

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

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MA Publishing. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject, and a well-articulated rationale for joining the course. You should include some ideas about future plans around a professional life after the course.

The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the course team that you are interested in the subject 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.

Application deadline

12 January 2022 or 13 April 2022

For all postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply by 12 January 2022 for Round 1 or by 13 April 2022 for Round 2. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any queries and progress your application as quickly as possible.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds, after each application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by (at the latest) end of March and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by end of June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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 add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

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

Interview advice

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

Applicants are usually interviewed by the course team before a place can be offered. Interviews will be held online, and details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

Our MA Publishing graduates are highly prized by the international publishing industry, across both print and digital media. The course has an excellent record of graduates entering employment. The heritage of the College and our alumni cut across all sectors of communication, design and media professional practice areas, at home and internationally.

Typically, our graduates enter first level entry jobs across all of the different functional areas of publishing editorial, production, digital and marketing and sales. They are highly sought after by publishing employers because our graduates can hit the ground running and add value immediately. Accordingly, we find that their careers accelerate beyond the normal and they move up to executive and managerial positions quicker than most.

The transferable skills you will gain on this course can be applied to a wide range of management, media and communications areas, functions and sectors. These can be applied across the private corporate and SME sectors, or the public sector, including international and voluntary not for profit organisations. Some of our past graduates have started their own publishing micro-businesses, or have developed careers related to the digital communications sector.

Importantly, besides the traditional functions, the course equips our graduates with the adaptable skills to enter the new jobs that are emerging across media sectors, whether as a digital producer in a well-known book company, an online content editor for a global magazine or a digital marketer for a new media business.

Our graduates are often found taking up roles which require a publishing specialism within media and communications services, creative agencies and brands. Being flexible, having the ability to take the initiative and thinking ahead of the curve are key attributes for our graduates.