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BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2019/20

Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

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.

Reasons to Apply

  • Understand the publishing process from conception to publication and beyond
  • Get hands-on experience of making magazines
  • Develop your own voice and apply it to journalistic storytelling and content creation
  • Work on live projects and briefs
  • Get your work published and seen both inside and outside the University

Open Days

LCC Student Voices: Eve Cross

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism & Publishing student Eve talks us through her work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2018.

LCC Student Voices: Aly McGuire

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism & Publishing student Aly talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2018.

ZONE/D magazine

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing students made a film about ZONE/D magazine, a bespoke student magazine created in collaboration with Campus Society.

What would you tell your teenage self?

Year 2 BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing students produced content intended for the award-winning teenage mental health organisation MeeTwo Education as part of their Collaborative Project unit.

Student publications

Front cover of a student magazine.

ZONE/D magazine

A bespoke student magazine created by third year students on BA (Hons) Magazine Publishing and Journalism, in collaboration with Campus Society. The students conceived, edited, designed and hand finished the printing of ZONE/D.

Crop of a flyer. Pink background with the words 'RA'

RA Student Night

To celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary, UAL students curated a one-night festival of art and culture. BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing and MA Publishing students created a posterzine to highlight their peers' artistic inspirations and favourite works from the RA Collection.

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

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.

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 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.

  • You will work in groups to create your own magazines
  • You'll learn the craft of writing across a range of formats and contexts – magazine journalism, business reports, promotional materials
  • You will develop your own individual voice – drawing on your interests and values
  • You will push yourselves creatively – designing some great print and digital artefacts
  • Experiment with print and digital media formats and developed your technical understanding of e-publishing platforms
  • Create a CV and online portfolio of journalism and publishing work
  • Learn new skills – interactive media design, UX design, project management, running focus groups

What will you learn?

The practice of making magazines: journalistic content, art direction, content marketing, creating magazine concepts, print and digital, wire frames, industrial experience, commissioning and editing, printing and finishing.

The broader context that shapes magazine publishing: history of publishing, theories of media representation, creativity theory, marketing strategy, business plans, magazine business models, audiences, law and copyright, pitching and presenting ideas.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into 2 blocks.

The 1st block is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to mid-February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

The 2nd block is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.

This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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)
  • Essential Journalism Skills (20 credits)
  • Magazine and Culture (20 credits)
  • Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits)
  • The Magazine Industry (20 credits)
  • Art, Design and Production (20 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • The Business of Magazines (20 credits)
  • Print Magazine Production (20 credits)
  • Business Plan (20 credits)
  • Digital Magazine Production (20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Research in Magazine Contexts (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.

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.

Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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 Lecturers

Hilly Janes – editor and journalist
Dan Humphry – digital editor and content creator
Samm Taylor, editor, journalist and lawyer
David Stam – business and marketing director
Lydia Garnett – editor and photographer
Oswin Tickler – graphic designer

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


The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

80 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Creative Media and Journalism, Business/ Business Studies, IT & Computing, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Journalism, Digital and Creative Media, Marketing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma.

And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C).

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;
  • A combination of these factors.

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

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed 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.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course. We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

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.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed.

Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

You must apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need to provide the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: V0G3

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Making a deferred application (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.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

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.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

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.


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

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed.

Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: V0G3

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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.

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

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

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.

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.

After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to London College of Communication 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.

Deferring your place

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.

International applicants will have to pay a pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


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

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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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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