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BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19

Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

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.

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 an increasingly dynamic, evolving media world.

Students go on to enjoy successful careers in editorial, production, marketing and sales positions across the world of media publishing.

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Course details

London College of Communication has a rich history of teaching magazine publishing and journalism; it boasts distinguished alumni that have gone on to 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: Editorial 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. You'll 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 will 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. These will enable you to develop a toolkit of transferable skills, crucial for practitioners working in the new multi-platform environment.

Course units

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).
  • Editorial 4: Platform Innovation (20 Credits).
  • Publishing 3: Business Plan (20 Credits).
  • Digital Magazine Production (20 Credits).
  • Collaborative Project (20 Credits).

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Client Publishing Project (40 Credits).
  • Media Management (20 Credits).
  • Final Major Project (60 Credits).

Learning and teaching methods

The above programme outcomes are taught using the following learning and teaching methods:

  • Workshops.
  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Directed reading.
  • Outside speakers and visits.
  • Work placement.
  • Assessed assignments.

Assessment methods

The above course outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:

  • Reflective statements.
  • Presentation.
  • Portfolios of journalistic and publishing work.
  • Essays.
  • Projects.
  • Research papers and reports.

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, use our register your interest form.


Anne  Coddington

Anne Coddington

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

Simon  Das

Simon Das

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

Keith  Martin

Keith Martin

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing and MA Publishing

Simon  Hinde

Simon Hinde

Programme Director, Journalism and Publishing

Associate Lecturer

Lawrence Lartey

How to apply

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65.
  • Course code: V0G3.
  • There is no campus code for LCC.

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, 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.

We have recently made changes to our application process for Home/EU applicants. To find out more, view the Undergraduate Application Process page.


For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website.


Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a 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 2019/20)

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

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, and information about interviews.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

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.


Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will need to pay a 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 2019/20)

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

Entry requirements


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.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A-levels will be achieved at grade C or above.


One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
  • Access to HE Diploma.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications.

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor.

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.

Student selection - what do we look for?

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview. The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • They will review your personal statement.
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will review your academic or personal references.
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

This course doesn’t require you to provide a portfolio.

Personal statement advice

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in magazine journalism and publishing, and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:

  • A considered and demonstrable interest in and appreciation of the subject disciplines.
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study.
  • Commitment to the study and development of your own creative practice and subsequent career opportunities.

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

What happens next

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

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

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Careers and alumni

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).

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