MDS-30012 - Creative Magazine Production
Coordinator: Mandy Mcateer Tel: +44 1782 7 33499
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of any one of the following modules:
MDS 10009 Digital Video
MDS 10011 The Photographic Message
MDS 20023 Creating Awareness Campaigns
MDS 20018 Thinking Photography

Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module will provide you with the experience of working in a planning and production team in the layout of an envisaged magazine or journal concerned with culture. Each student will write one main article which will be negotiated with the publishing group plus smaller mini articles such as music reviews etc. Successful completion of the module will enable you to gain sophisticated skills in the analysis of writings on art and/or culture and cultural issues. It will also allow you to gain confidence in your own abilities to plan and complete similar work in the context of the demands of journal production.
The group will negotiate a 'house style' and design, using both text and image with Adobe Photoshop and Indesign software to produce a digital on-line publication. This module incorporates employability skills which are highly desirable within media industries.

1. To enable third year students to gain sophisticated skills in the analysis of writings on art and/or culture and cultural issues. To gain confidence in their own abilities to plan and complete similar work in the context of the demands of journal production
2. To consolidate research and writing skills, acquired in years 1 and 2
3. To develop further students' competencies in analysing the writings of others and in producing their own text
4. To deepen students' interpersonal skills in working in groups; to produce a draft journal layout with examples of writing by students (e.g. art criticism, book/film/music reviews, a cultural event, community event, polemic article, short scholarly article etc).

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate in a critical manner the relationship between text, visual representations, audience and layout: 1,2
demonstrate the complex skills needed to research, write and produce a group journal working as part of a publishing team: 1,2
develop a critical understanding of the student's own practice: 1,2
consider the relationships between descriptions, accounts and visual representations.: 1,2
Demonstrate an understanding between text, image, content and target auidence: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours of lectures, small group workshops, individual supervision and group presentations.
16 hours of research and idea development.
10 hours of practical work in the lab on preliminary tasks, research and experiments on the tools needed for the project (software )
100 hours of construction of journal, article writing and workbook.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 30%
1,000-word reflective paper
This should include an in-depth critical evaluation of both the group's work and final journal, and an individual evaluation of the student's contribution to the project.

2: Project weighted 70%
Production of a cultural magazine/journal
Collectively each production group will produce a minimum 28-page 'magazine' or 'journal' or equivalent depending on the format of the publication. During the module students will consider a range of possibilities (professional journals such as Artforum, October, Art History and popular magazines like Vogue, Heat etc.) Specific 'journals' or 'magazines' will provide paradigms but students should think about contemporary circumstances and contexts for the publication of such magazines, including issues around market and audience.