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MA Journalism: Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

University of the Arts London
Program overview
1 years 3 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
09 January 2023

17 April 2023
University of the Arts London

About this program

MA Journalism: Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

MA Journalism: Arts and Lifestyle Journalism is a multimedia course with a strong industry focus that will support you to develop your journalistic and editorial skills. You’ll explore art, mass and popular culture through areas such as music, fine art, food, fashion, photography, film and travel.

Admission requirements

Language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required, with 6.0 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.
  • For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

In order to be considered, you would have achieved an Honours degree (preferably a 2:1), or equivalent professional qualifications with a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Multiplatform Journalism

This unit will introduce you to the core practical journalism skills of research, interviewing, reporting, and pitching, along with basic legal principles. You’ll also develop skills in idea generation and development, primary and secondary research, understanding audiences and their interests through data and analytics, narrative, editing, and promoting work on social media.

Throughout this unit, you’ll produce a portfolio of journalistic work for submission.

Arts and Lifestyle Journalism: Critical Perspectives

You’ll explore ethical, theoretical and contextual issues relating to your chosen pathway including its definitions and possibilities, discussing how it could be a robust and potentially disruptive form of storytelling. Particular attention is given to issues of globalisation, consumption, representation, diversity, travel, aesthetics, and taste.

You’ll also explore issues of creativity and experimentation in journalism, and discuss its position within the wider creative industries.

Mobile Journalism and Short-form Video

In this unit, you'll develop in-demand skills in mobile video journalism, learning how to shoot, edit and embed eye-catching short-form video for social media to build engagement with online audiences.

Arts and Lifestyle Journalism: Practice

You’ll develop skills in a range of journalistic forms relating to your chosen pathway, focusing on primary and secondary research, building narratives and promoting your work on social media.

This will include reviewing, profile writing and reported features for print and online, and you’ll also be encouraged to experiment with creative approaches to your journalistic practice.

Collaborative Unit

This unit is designed to enable you to identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners. These could include other postgraduate students at LCC or UAL; postgraduate students at other Higher Education institutions; or external organisations such as cultural or community groups, NGOs, businesses or charities.

The nature of this collaboration will involve working on a project with outcomes agreed by your tutors, and will take the form of group work that can happen within the College or digitally/remotely.

Audience, Editing and Platform Management

In this unit, you’ll develop skills in multimedia platform management through taught sessions from staff and industry professionals, and by working in one or more editorial roles on the Artefact multimedia brand, which includes a print magazine, a regularly updated live website, and audio, video and social media channels.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your chosen specialism through your practice.

Final Major Project

You’ll put the skills and knowledge developed during the course into action.

In the first part of the unit, you’ll develop ideas for your personal project and submit a written proposal for an individual journalistic product or portfolio in a medium or media of your choice that’s also relevant to your specialism. You’ll also produce a reflective report looking at your development as a journalist and the direction for your future career.

In the second part of the unit, you’ll work with a supervisor to produce the project, which will be supported and evidenced by a reflective document.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Course length: 1 year 3 months full-time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

MA Journalism is in Full Time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study.


  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for local students is £11,220 per year.
  • The full tuition fee of 2022/23 for International students is £22,920 per year.


Practice-based workshops

Much of the teaching will take place in workshops in which, under the guidance of specialist staff and industry experts, you will develop the practical journalistic skills and apply them to a range of projects.

Integration of theory and practice

The course will be conceptually driven with a detailed study of theoretical issues supporting the development of practice.

Collaborative and independent working

Students will work with other students on the course, on other courses in the college, with industry experts and on the Artefact media brand. They will also work independently on their own projects: in particular the final major project.

Industry engagement and site visits

The course will build on the program’s industry links to involve media professionals in teaching and guest lectures and to arrange visits to newsrooms and other relevant locations.

Continuing studies

You'll have the opportunity to work on projects with industry partners, drawing on our close links with organisations such as The Guardian, Vice, Dazed and Women in Journalism. You’ll also gain insights from guest speakers representing a range of national newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and websites.

Career paths

Graduates of the course go on to work in a range of roles. Some become journalists across newspapers, broadcasters, online publications, or art, design, lifestyle and food magazines, or become editors for magazines and other publications.

Others take on communications roles for fashion and lifestyle brands or major art institutions, choose to set up their own publications, or work as freelance journalists across a range of different titles.

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University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings®, for the fourth year in a row. It has an international reputation in art, design, communication,...

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Why study at University of the Arts London

With multiple sites across London, UAL offers endless opportunities to draw inspiration from this global creative hub.

  • UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers across the creative industries and beyond.
  • Graduates are frequently shortlisted for national and global awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.
  • UAL is home to more than 2,400 postgraduate students.
  • The university offers a wide range of theoretical and practice-based research programmes leading to a PhD or MPhil.
  • UAL is ranked among the UK’s top research universities, with 83% of research conducted by UAL students and staff graded as world-leading.
  • UAL has a diverse student community, with students drawn from over 130 countries across the globe.
  • Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from London’s world-famous art galleries, museums and theatres.
  • UAL’s dedicated support service offers useful advice for international students including guidance on funding, visa applications and accommodation.

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn
WC1V 7EY London
United Kingdom

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