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Design for Publishing - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Study our Design for Publishing BA undergraduate degree and discover how to develop ideas and concepts, execute ideas and produce high-quality books, magazines and digital media. Live briefs from high profile studios and practitioners give you the chance to build networks and contacts, while our professionally equipped studios let you work with both traditional and digital platforms, such as letterpress and web-based applications. Successfully complete the course and you'll be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in publishing.

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The Design for Publishing BA undergraduate course will help you understand the publishing design process from start to finish. This includes developing ideas and concepts, creating written and visual content, executing designs and learning the technical practicalities of print-based and digital publishing platforms.

The work of identifying audiences and how to engage with them is a vital part of the course. This skill is invaluable in the creative, commercial and professional areas of publishing, and will enhance your ability to connect businesses with new and existing audiences.

You’ll have access to our professionally equipped studios in London, working with technologies from letterpress and screen printing to digital, web and ambient platforms. This course also benefits from London Met's reputable staff and industry contacts, providing you with expertise and inspiration from innovative publishers.

We supply you with live briefs from high profile studios and practitioners, while also helping you hone your personal voice and vision as a designer and explore the relationship between word and image. This gives you the opportunity to build industry contacts and a career-boosting portfolio of work to show to employers after graduation.

With knowledge of the practical and creative processes involved in a professional design and publishing environment, you’ll have everything you need to get a head start in the global and multidisciplinary publishing world of the future.


There are no examinations on this course, as you will be assessed through a portfolio of creative work and essays.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels, one of which from a relevant subject area in the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in a relevant art and design subject)
  • a portfolio review

We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Art and Design Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Portfolios and reviews

Your portfolio should be selective, but include enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We are interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only the finished work.

If you cannot bring some of your work to the portfolio interview, take photographs of your work and bring them instead.

Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

The Publishing BA is a new course. Students from our related Graphic Design BA and Illustration BA had this to say:

"The course has allowed me to explore all areas of design - not just illustration itself. I think is hugely important for my future in the workplace. I've been encouraged to try new materials and not just limit myself to drawing, which again, is really important for when I finish my course. The teaching staff are amazing and are always there to go through any problem that I may have and I've found that invaluable. They are also all excellent practitioners, highly experienced and always offer a critical eye and opinion which has only ever helped me improve my work. All in all, my time has been amazing here. I've learnt heaps and can honestly say it's been the best experience."
National Student Survey (NSS)

"The teaching of both the Graphic Design BA and Illustration BA courses are quite literally some of the best London has to offer. The quality of teaching in terms of lectures, course material and both exterior and interior resources are incredibly substantial and are almost always readily available to us students. I am, and will always be, proud of being a London Met student."

This course equips graduates to perform in creative roles across the spectrum of publishing media, from traditional print to contemporary digital contexts, working in design, publishing strategy, editorial, commissioning, art direction or branding. It opens the door to a number of exciting careers in many aspects of design for publishing media including art, fiction, journalism, advertising, commercial and public service

"We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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