University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism will prepare you for this important and growing field of journalism. Guided by tutors with professional, multi'platform experience gained at national print and online newspapers, the BBC, Sky TV and elsewhere, you will develop key practical journalistic skills and learn how to apply them to your particular area of interest in arts, culture and lifestyle. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London.

**What can you expect?**

• MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism is aimed at students who are enthusiastic and informed about arts and lifestyle, and want to develop the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to the public.

• The course covers journalism about fine art, contemporary art, and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, and celebrity culture.

• It encourages a rigorous journalistic approach, with a focus on ethical, international and professional standards. Your studies will culminate in the production of a substantial piece of journalism in the medium or media of your choice.

• You'll gain invaluable work experience by undertaking a placement in a media organisation.

• You’ll also benefit from our guest lecture programme that in recent years has included talks from Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Mary Hockaday of the BBC and Bruno Bayley, editor of Vice UK, as well as journalists from a range of national newspapers and other publications.

• The course will prepare you for a future career as a staff or freelance journalist working in print, online or broadcast; or in a wide range of roles within organisations such as in'house publications for galleries and museums, content marketing and public relations.

• Students within the course have secured places in publications such as Uncut, Grazia, Made in Shroeditch and The Financial Times. The Financial Times offers an annual bursary to a Home/EU student, which is also linked to the opportunity to do work experience in their renowned Arts section.

**About London College of Communication (LCC)**

The LCC experience is all about learning by doing. As an LCC student, you’ll get your hands dirty and develop your skills in outstanding technical spaces. Our facilities are at an industry standard and include photographic and television studios, darkrooms, 3D workshop, prototyping lab, gallery spaces, printing studios, and newsrooms.

Our courses are industry focused and you’ll be taught by an inspiring community of experienced academics, technical experts, and leading specialist practitioners within our Design School, Media School and Screen School.

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in subjects such as journalism, advertising, Public Relations and publishing, photography, film, television and sound, graphic communication, illustration and visual communication, animation, games, design management, branded spaces and interactive and information design.

Course Modules

Modules include: (20 credits) design for animation, narrative structures and film language; collaborative unit; (40 credits) animation practice and process 3D and 2D; experimental critical practice and research; (60 credits) final major project and thesis.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,920 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent professional qualifications, with a minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience. Applicants who do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. All potential candidates are interviewed. Applicants may be asked to present a portfolio of work or relevant written or published work. They will need to demonstrate knowledge of the worlds of journalism and engage in critical discussion. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 skills.