MA Publishing - specialist strands

Stand out in the competitive and ever-changing publishing industry, by benefiting from a programme individually tailored to your interests. Study our core MA Publishing qualification and you can choose to graduate with a specific exit award, by following one of our specialist strands in:

  • editorial design
  • design commentary
  • digital futures
  • illustration


MA Publishing – core award

Develop industry relevant knowledge and skills in management, production, editorial and marketing, so you can achieve a marked advantage when securing your graduate publishing career.


Editorial design strand

Explore experimental approaches to editorial design and create market focussed content, through a range of digital and traditional media. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet the increasing demand for cross-platform publishing design, from tablet and mobile apps, to print and limited edition products.

Design commentary strand

Create publishable content, such as reviews, interviews and essays that critique design ideas and processes. Engage with contemporary criticism and theory, and establish yourself as a writer and reviewer within this emerging genre.


Digital futures strand

Develop experimental approaches to the production of digital content and processes. Gain invaluable digital publishing skills and engage with collaborative projects. Discover new markets, content formats and media technologies.


Illustration strand

Express your own visual language through the exciting spheres of print and digital publishing. Explore your creative ideas through a diverse range of traditional methods and digital technologies, and learn how to market them to a global audience. Discover the vital processes that drive a publishing venture, from concept to realisation.