Core Module Information
Module title: Magazine Production

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC09107
Module leader: Carolyn Scott
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

The module will examine the changing nature of the magazine industry in the UK and the growing importance of digital publications. It is a practical industry-focused module which requires you to think like magazine editors and journalists by critically examining the range of magazines available on both news stands and online. The module will explore the various approaches and styles that digital magazines adopt in order to appeal to a particular target readership. You will then apply these critical skills to conceiving your own publication and then draw upon a range of editorial and design skills to produce your own digital magazine.

Learning Outcomes for module:

L01: Demonstrate critical understanding of the contemporary magazine marketplace
LO2: Develop critical understanding of the group dynamics and processes of digital magazine production
LO3: Engage in effective teamwork in order to produce an online publication to tight deadlines
LO4: Apply writing and design skills acquired in previous modules
LO5: Develop methods of digital advertising and online audience engagement.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Carolyn Scott
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Three-hour workshops delivered by a team of experienced practitioners with a range of journalism, publishing, editing and design skills will offer you intensive instruction and insights and also enable you to learn by doing. In addition, there will be three final production days (of six hours each) before the digital magazine is published online (LOs 1-5). There will also be a strong emphasis on independent study with students being encouraged to practice in the computer labs and on their own PCs. Through these workshops and the lectures you will develop writing and design skills acquired in previous modules, evaluate online advertising strategies and develop a critical understanding of the contemporary magazine marketplace both print and diigital. The practical nature of the module will enabled you to develop an understanding of the group dynamics and processes in magazine production and understand the challenges of producing an online magazine by engaging in effective teamwork in order to produce a publication to tight deadlines.

The growing shift from print magazines to crafted digital products presents many opportunities for trained, multi-skilled graduates. Acquiring these skills in this sphere will boost employability. This module also calls upon you to be self-reliant and creatively co-operative. Working in a team to produce a digital magazine provides essential employability skills for working as a print and digital journalist and the collaborative and co-operative working are essential skills to all journalists.

Formative Assessment:
You will work as part of a team to do a variety of practical formative projects to prepare you for the creation of the final digital magazine. This will include front-cover design, page layout, story-writing and the creation of visual / multimedia content.

Summative Assessment:
Working as part of a group (project 80%) you will contribute to the production of a digital magazine. Half of the mark will be awarded for your individual contributions to this; half the mark for teamwork (LOs1-5). You will also be encouraged to develop critical self-evaluation skills through the completion of a reflective log (20%) which will be submitted with the finished project in week 13 (LOs1-2 and LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 54
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 80 1-5 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Learning Log 20 1,2,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Magazine Production