MA Publishing

University of the Arts London

Program Description

MA Publishing

University of the Arts London

Engaging different audiences. Commissioning and designing content. Working across multiple platforms. Developing viable commercial projects. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Gain the creative and professional tools you need and build your experience and research skills with this resource-rich programme.

The course provides an arena in which you can gain publishing knowledge, create books, magazines and digital products and services, experiment with different outputs, present compelling publishing ideas, collaborate with the wider UAL community and connect with leading industry players.

REASONS TO APPLY Using our excellent UAL facilities you can commission and create physical and digital published products, books and magazines – this hands-on practical experience is fantastic for building confidence in technical competence, decision-making and project management. You will be able to connect the academic and creative commercial environments as you participate in live industry projects, events, prototype testing and research, and extend your exposure to and experience working with industry. Embedded throughout the course are the twin concepts of creativity and enterprise – as you build an holistic understanding of the industry, there is emphasis on anticipating audiences and developing creative publishing projects while understanding the commercial application of them. A strong experimental ethos around print and digital means you can take new ideas forward into the industry.
Flexible choices for your assignments and projects to allow you to direct your postgraduate experience as you want– allowing you to develop your own unique skills set and ensuring flexibility to fit alongside your evolving professional and creative careers. LCC provides a unique creative environment to experiment and connect with other creative people such as animators, interactive designers or illustrators to bring new insights and imaginative processes to publishing - this is a developing aspect of the publishing industry and links you into wider creative industries.


The world-leading MA in Publishing at the London College of Communication combines theoretical and practical approaches to publishing media. Forward thinking, creative and entrepreneurial, this course will give you hands-on experience of multi-platform publishing. With the opportunity to specialize in magazine or book publishing you will nevertheless be introduced to concepts across both media throughout the course and explore how publishing is changing and evolving in the international arena.

With choices of assessments you can choose your journey through the course with options for a major project that suits your interests. Practical live projects and events, collaborations with other creative people, engagement with industry networks and participation in professional activities are all central to the course as you develop a unique and flexible skills set for your future careers.

Throughout the course there is a variety of teaching and learning environments including group work on practical publishing projects, simulations, hackdays, seminars and individual research projects. You will be involved in a co-creation project working on our annual Publishing Innovation Conference which is an ideal opportunity to network. You will also undertake live projects with industry – recently we have worked with the Penguin Random House and the Design Museum. You will also have access to specialist digital publishing platforms to enable you to build your own projects and portfolio.

New perspectives on the global marketplace for publishing are gained from visiting another country for one week as the international residential summer school. Specialist staff who all have experience in industry help you develop a professional approach to publishing.


Assessment is based on written reports and group presentations underpinned by theoretical and practical team projects. The final phase for the MA is a choice of a dissertation, an artefact or prototype with related research report or a business proposal.


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.


Recruitment and admissions

Students are admitted on to the course having gained the necessary entry requirements. An Honours degree of 2.i and above is required, or an equivalent international degree. In some circumstances a 2.ii 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). Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements must provide evidence of experience, which may be considered within the AP(e)L procedures.

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 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills is required.

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University of the Arts London

Last updated February 1, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
15 months
Full time
17,920 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 15 months
Price 17,920 GBP
Int. £17,920; Home: £8,500 (per year)