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BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing

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A range of publications by students on the journalism and publishing courses at London College of Communication. Wednesday's Child, Ritual Adoption, Mannequin, Brim & Proper. © University of the Arts London
College
London College of Communication
UCAS code
V0G3
Start date
September 2023
Course length
3 years

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing is a unique course that combines the practical and technical skills of journalism, editing and production with a professional understanding of the business of publishing.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • To acquire the skills to manage the publishing process from idea to publication.
  • To mix writing and commissioning with the hands-on experience of producing magazines across print and digital media formats.
  • Every year we work on a real-life external publishing projects for prestigious organisations. Last year our students produced a posterzine for the Royal Academy of Arts.
  • Based in one of the global capitals of publishing, our students are well-placed to gain work experience before leaving us for a career in the industry. Recent graduates have secured positions with Shortlist Media, Hearst Magazine Group, the Daily Express, Three Sixty Degrees Communications and KCD Fashion Marketing.

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be on Saturday 10 December. Book your place.

Explore life at LCC with our interactive Virtual Open Day.

Course overview

On BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, you’ll explore multiplatform magazines through a combination of theory and practice. 

Throughout your degree, you’ll meet other creatives, develop a range of journalism and publishing skills and, of course, make and learn about magazines – a fascinating media sector of cultural, commercial and technological change. 

What to expect 

  • Through lectures, workshops and practical projects alongside access to industry-standard equipment and facilities, you’ll develop the necessary creative skills to manage the publishing process from idea to publication.  
  • You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with media partners and visit major publishing companies.  
  • Journalism and publishing are treated as interconnected activities – just like in the industry. You’ll learn the editorial, design and production skills needed to plan, commission and produce print and digital publications.  
  • In a rapidly-changing media environment, you’ll draw on your publishing knowledge to track existing and potential markets, building the relationship between audience and editorial that defines the magazine form. 
  • As platforms and technology evolve, you'll chart the development of a broad range of publications across sectors, genres and formats, and respond with new ideas for content and treatments. You'll consider magazines as interconnected functions, relationships and processes. 
  • You’ll graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the magazine publishing environment, a creative and business publishing portfolio, and a diverse range of skills that are applicable across many fields. 

Industry experience and opportunities 

Throughout your degree, you’ll have invaluable access to the publishing industry through guest lectures, alumni visits, employability events and masterclasses. You’ll also have opportunities to build your confidence and industry engagement through a mentorship programme. 

In Year 2, the Professional Practice unit will offer you the choice of undertaking a work placement or collaborating on a live industry brief, while the Entrepreneurial Practice unit in Year 3 will enable you to focus on career options post-graduation. 

Our students regularly secure placements with media companies including Harpers and Queen, Glamour, Elle, Dazed, National Geographic, Hearst Magazine Group and News UK, as well as in the broader fields of PR and marketing.  

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing between Years 2 and 3 to enhance your learning experience and employability skills.

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing runs for 93 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks. 

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. All modules listed below are compulsory. 

Year 1 

Introduction to Magazine Journalism and Publishing (20 credits) 

You’ll be introduced to the course, key approaches for the study of magazines, and skills required for independent and collaborative learning. 

Exploring Magazines (20 credits) 

This theoretical unit situates magazine publishing within a broader cultural and social context. You’ll begin to grasp the subtleties of how publishers have defined and responded to the needs of their audiences. 

Essential Journalism Skills (20 credits) 

You’ll develop the basic skills of producing magazine journalism for print and online, and focus on shaping your content to fit the editorial ethos and tone of voice of specific publications.   

Multiplatform Journalism (20 credits) 

You’ll be introduced to multiplatform content creation and the role of the editor in developing cross-platform editorial treatments. You’ll put forward a strategy to promote your work on social media.    

Law and Ethics (20 credits) 

This unit covers the legal and ethical boundaries within which journalists and publishers operate, including defamation, privacy, contempt and copyright. 

Art, Design and Production (20 credits) 

You’ll focus on the magazine production process and learn how to use industry-standard software for designing across print and digital platforms. In doing so, you’ll consider how visual aspects contribute to the personality and editorial tone of a publication. 

Year 2 

The Business of Magazines (20 credits) 

You’ll learn more about magazines as commercial entities, investigating the methods publishers employ to generate sustainability and growth.  

Multiplatform Magazine Publishing (40 credits) 

As part of a team, you’ll conceive, create and publish a multiplatform magazine. You will further develop your journalism, editing and production skills while also drawing on publishing business skills to develop the brand while growing your readership and community.  

Option Unit (20 credits)

You'll choose to pursue academic or practice-based research in a specific area of journalism or publishing. Topics may include branded content, social justice journalism, or magazine design and branding. 

Researching Magazines (20 credits) 

You’ll explore a combination of theories for analysing magazine publishing activities alongside essential academic skills to prepare for the Year 3 Dissertation Unit, such as the use of sources, research methods and how to write a literature review. 

Professional Industry Practice (20 credits) 

You’ll have a choice of either completing a period of work experience or collaborating on specific briefs provided by media industry partners. 

Year 3 

Final Major Project (60 credits)

You’ll use a range of journalistic, editorial, organisational and business skills to create – and, if you wish, to launch - a new magazine publishing project of your choice.  

Dissertation (40 credits) 

You’ll write a dissertation on a magazine-related topic, carrying out relevant primary and secondary research under 1-to-1 supervision. This also offers great preparation for further study at MA level. 

Creative Futures (20 credits) 

You’ll have the opportunity to focus on career options, preparing you for life post-graduation. 

Optional Diploma between Years 2 and 3

Between Years 2 and 3 of your course, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake one of the following qualifications:

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (Optional)

An optional, year-long learning opportunity which enables you to develop your professional skills by undertaking time out for industry experience. Supported throughout the year by academics, you’ll build on the knowledge gained on your course in a range of national or international locations, and graduate with an additional qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies.

UAL Diploma in Creative Computing (Optional)

Between Years 2 and 3, you can undertake the year-long Diploma in Creative Computing. This will develop your skills in creative computing alongside your degree. After successfully completing the diploma and your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree: BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing (with Creative Computing).

Learning and teaching methods

  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Online tasks and engagement 
  • Directed reading
  • Outside speakers and visits
  • Work placement
  • Assessed assignments

Online Open Day

(Recorded November 2021)

Course Leader, Anne Coddington, gives an overview of studying BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing.

Graduate Showcase

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

  • FUZED Magazine - Final Major Project
    FUZED Magazine - Final Major Project, Indigo Wallis, 2021 BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, London College of Communication, UAL
  • ST!GMA Magazine
    ST!GMA Magazine, Carrerra Lydon, 2021 BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, London College of Communication, UAL
  • Steamer Magazine
    Steamer Magazine, Elizabeth Wiart, 2021 BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism and Publishing, London College of Communication, UAL

Student voices

Eve Cross

Student voices

Eve talks us through her final year project on the closure of libraries in South London.

Aly McGuire

Student voices

Aly talks to us about her magazine looking at cultural diversity in fashion.

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.

Course stories

Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£25,970 per year

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

Scholarship search

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:

104 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).
  • Distinction at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit 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 at 24 points minimum

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

  • IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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. Please check our English language requirements page for more information.

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.

Apply now

Apply for this course through 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.

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, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 18:00 GMT on 25 January 2023 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

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, and request your deferral by contacting us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

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.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

You must apply through UCAS, where you will need the following information:

  • University code – U65
  • UCAS course code – V0G3

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

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.  Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 18:00 GMT on 25 January 2023 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

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, and request your deferral by contacting us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

Immigration history check

You will be asked to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. We will not be able to proceed with your application until you have submitted your completed Immigration History Form.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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.

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.

International applicants may be invited to an online interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

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

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Hub. 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 attend one of our online Offer Holder events. This is your opportunity to meet the academic team and fellow offer holders, find out more about the course, and get a taste of what it will be like to study here.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. 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. If you would like to request feedback  please contact us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

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

Careers

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, former Social Media Assistant at Laura Ashley (also fashion blogger).
  • Jessica Weston, Corporate Communications Manager at KP Snacks.
  • 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, Associate Creative Director at McCANN Paris
  • Margaret Werner, Graphic Design Assistant at Biedermann und Brandstift (agency in Frankfurt).