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MA Publishing

Course Description


Analysing different audiences. Commissioning content. Working across multiple platforms. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Gain the professional tools you'll need and build your network, experience and research skills with this resource-rich programme. You'll collaborate to conceive and deliver print and digital prototypes and have the opportunity to engage with leading industry players.


The world leading MA Publishing course at London College of Communication allows you to hit the ground running. It combines theoretical and practice-based approaches to teaching and learning so you can prepare for future employment, obtaining a strategic, practical and integrated command of publishing within digital and multi-platform publishing and international contexts.

The course offers the choice of two teaching and learning specialisms: book multi-platform publishing or magazine multi-platform publishing. It is aimed at people who are aiming to advance their careers to management level within the global publishing industry. Graduates who have completed our postgraduate publishing courses since 1969 can be found throughout the world in senior positions within publishing and communications practice.

The course design and curriculum takes an integrated multiplatform stance. Digital applications are covered throughout your time at the College, across units within either chosen learning specialism. The course is led by specialist staff and enables you to take the lead in the management and production of creative content for a range of audiences via different platforms (web, digital, mobile tablets and devices and print).

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on group work, practical publishing projects and engagement with industry through leading guest speakers, visits and placements.

Our unique resources will allow you to realise the production and publishing of actual books, magazines, websites or conference events when applying publishing and project management methods in Phase two.

You will also develop the necessary research techniques to undertake a major research study or dissertation and you will complete the study of two electives. New perspectives on publishing are gained from visiting another country for one week as part of the international residential summer school for MA students.


Phase 1 - 60 credits

Publishing Culture in the Digital Context: This unit includes - research study development and historical cultural perspectives - cultural media consumption

Content Creation and Development: This unit includes - market environment - content development - legal frameworks for content

Content Design, Production and Delivery: This unit includes - design and colour management - content management and print and digital production - marketing and delivery

Phase 2 - 60 credits

Publishing Management, Practice and Research: This unit includes - publishing management - publishing practice - publishing research

Future Applications for Digital Content: This unit includes - new digital content market and audience applications - new market strategies and business models - information architecture - cross media content management, including metadata

Phase 3 - 60 credits

Major Project: This unit includes - a written dissertation to a publishing issue or topic - 12,000 to 15,000 words

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

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent professional qualifications with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system. All classes are conducted in English. The level required for this course is IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).

Course Fees

Home/EU: £8,500. International: £17,920. Home/EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount.

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