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Discover an expanded view of editorial design in an open and experimental online environment, under the expert guidance of RCA tutors Adrian Shaughnessy and Astrid Stavro.

Key details


  • Early bird fee: £1,080 ends 31 January 2022
  • Regular fee: £1,200 from 1 February 2022



Eight sessions over four weeks

Three hours 10.30am – 1.30pm BST per session

Week 1:

  • Tuesday 10 May 
  • Thursday 12 May

Week 2:

  • Tuesday 17 May
  • Thursday 19 May

Week 3:

  • Tuesday 24 May
  • Thursday 26 May

Week 4:

  •  Tuesday 7 June
  • Thursday 9 June


An introduction to the craft and art of editorial design, which is defined as the presentation of information (text and image) in a coherent, relevant and innovative manner, allowing the reader access to subject matter of all kinds and on various platforms.

You will work on an individual project brief that develops your personal and professional skills, helps you to re-evaluate your working methodologies and consider ways in which you can improve and expand your capabilities.

You will be encouraged to discuss your work in the context of editorial craft and new communication platforms that allow greater fluidity in the way information is received and understood.

At all times, you will be supported by RCA staff and guests in a caring and mutually supportive environment. You will work towards validating and presenting your proposals to RCA tutors for review and critique, and in the spirit of the RCA’s studio-based learning philosophy, group discussions will form a fundamental part of the learning programme.

This short course will benefit anyone across a broad spectrum of editorial practice with a desire to develop editorial design skills that put them at the forefront of current practice. It is for those who have a basic understanding or advanced abilities, but who nevertheless feel a need to improve, develop or expand their horizons or unlock hidden potential. These new found skills can be used in both the professional realm or in more personal activities such as self-publishing.

Personal and organisational benefits

The benefits to you and your organisation include:

  • the confidence to recognise and develop editorial design skills that put you at the forefront of current practice.
  • the ability to discuss approaches and gather knowledge about contemporary and historical trends
  • an expanded understanding of what editorial design is in the current media landscape
  • the chance to work on MA-level projects and experience professional-level critique
  • a certificate of online attendance

Course Team Names:

Astrid Stavro

Adrian Shaughnessy

The information given is accurate at the time of publication, however, the RCA reserves the right to amend the described courses as circumstances dictate.

Contact short-courses@rca.ac.uk for more information.