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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Communication & Media Studies

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year 3 months

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Home/EU - £10,890. International - £19,930 (2019/20)

  • Last Updated

    18 March 2019

Course content

Prepare for a career in the dynamic publishing sector. You will acquire the professional toolkit to analyse different audiences and reader contexts. You will also master how content is commissioned, designed, produced, marketed and delivered across different media including books, magazines, tablets, e-readers and social media environments. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

What can you expect?

MA Publishing at 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. 

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 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.

Four great reasons to apply

• Using our excellent 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.

About London College of Communication

The communications sector is evolving fast. Through our world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships, we enable our students to develop the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to succeed and to discover new possibilities and practices.

Our Design, Media and Screen Schools produce experts and award-winners across virtual reality, journalism, photography, television and sound, graphic communication, games, design management – and more.

The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. 

Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies. Student designers, makers and innovators have worked with Nike, Penguin, the EU Commission, Colgate, Plan International, the National Trust, Nokia and Royal Mail, to name a few.


Visit the MA Publishing page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

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