Digital Media & Magazine Publishing* BA/BSc (Hons)

with or without Professional Practice Year

UCA Epsom - 2021

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Or, Four years full-time with Professional Practice Year


UCA Epsom

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course entry options:

September 2021

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Course overview

BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Media & Magazine Publishing at UCA Epsom is a unique course that combines the practical and technical skills of digital and print based journalism, with a core focus on editing, production and a professional understanding of the business of publishing.

This course will equip you with the skills to manage the publishing process from idea generation to publication. You will employ a range of different writing and visual skills and learn to pitch and commission stories while gaining a hands-on experience of producing a publication across print and digital media formats taught by an experienced team of journalists and editors from the publishing world of Music, Fashion and Lifestyle media.

Working alongside students on a range of fashion, music and business courses, you'll have a deep understanding of the business of digital media, and the role of the journalist within it. You'll gain important skills in networking, self-promotion, interviewing and communication with a variety of people.

You’ll develop skills through individual and collaborative work in both studio and industry environments, including a work placement and live project briefs, and learning from teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and connections.

Your studies culminate in a comprehensively researched and execution of a independent print publication and a partner digital website/platform.

By graduation, you’ll be fully equipped to jump into the publishing industry, with the skills, knowledge, confidence and a complete portfolio of varied work to take you onwards.

*Course subject to updating and has previously been titled BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism & Publishing.

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Course details

  • Summary

    This course will cover the many different aspects of journalism and publishing in the magazine industry - whether it's fashion, lifestyle or music - culminating in your final project and dissertation. 

    During your course, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section.

    If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

    While on the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

    • UK students - £9,250 
    • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
    • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
    • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Professional Practice Year

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course.

You’ll spend two years learning with us, before putting what you’ve learned into practice through a year-long industry placement.

Our Professional Practice placements give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students nationally are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Throughout your placement, your course team will support you, making use of our extensive industry connections to help facilitate you to find about the right placement for you. On conclusion of the placement, you’ll return to complete your final year of study – applying what you’ve learned on the job. 

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The first of its kind in the UK, our new Business School for the Creative Industries builds on our long tradition of collaborating with employers to cultivate leadership, entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.


Students have access to dedicated studios for personal and group working, a podcast room, and campus photographic studios with lighting rigs, green screen lighting set ups. There are also digital media suites equipped with Macs and PCs, programmed with specialist software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver and After Effects.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Industry links

    The course is taught by practising journalists and editors with a wide range of skills and experience working for newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, broadcast and television, having worked for titles such as:

    • Time Out
    • Harrods
    • Selfridges
    • The Independent
    • Metro
    • The Sunday Times
    • The Guardian
    • InStyle
    • The Daily Express
    • The Sunday Express
    • Channel 4 
    • Topman
    • Pop Magazine.

    Our students also undertake placements with:

    • Independent magazines
    • PR agencies
    • Advertising agencies
    • Model agencies
    • High street brands
    • Designer labels
    • Individual stylists
    • Creative directors
    • Fashion designers.

    In addition to this, we invites guest speakers from different levels of industry, across a many different disciplines and backgrounds. Recent speakers have included editors, authors, photographers, stylists, curators and publishers.

  • Careers

    Graduate employability from this course is very high, as the transferable skills acquired throughout the course open the doors to a range of different roles within fashion and the wider creative industries. This course doesn’t just produce writers and journalists, but also marketing and PR professionals, and digital and social media content managers. Graduates have also pursued careers in fashion styling and buying. Examples of graduate destinations include:

    • Net-a-Porter
    • Oasis
    • Liberty
    • The Tate
    • Bloomingdales
    • The Financial Times
    • The Metro
    • John Lewis
    • Jigsaw UK
    • Harrods
    • Grazia
    • Glamour
    • Harper’s Bazaar
    • Men’s Health
    • ASOS
    • Dazed & Confused
    • The Huffington Post.
  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades - in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International and EU entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

Your portfolio

This course doesn’t require a portfolio. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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