Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Editorial - Layout (EN)

Speciality direction: Brand Design, Communication Design & Media
Danish title
Editorial - Layout (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
6. semester
Duration of the subject/module
6 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Nanna Kanneworff
Trine Bekkersgaard Stark
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    The module is aimed at students with a large interest in editorial magazine design. Students are introduced to the creative process and methods of experimental and new way of working with editorial design. During the 6 weeks the student will learn about the many aspects within creative magazine genres such as Indy magazine, bookazine, Zines and recent new editorial concept. The design teams will work together with the content teams from the elective module Editorial writing and photography.

    The student will learn to identify the reader through research analysis in order to understand behaviour and needs to develop a relevant editorial concept. The student must be able to select the right aesthetics in the development of the final product based on the elements of the concept.

    Students will get a thorough understanding of the graphic and visual elements of layout and design through creative workshops with hands-on assignments within typography, colour theory, illustrations, material and art directing in general. The student will work with the whole concept of editorial design from idea to execution.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    -theory and method and an ability to reflect on, identify and understand user behaviour, touch points and their interaction

    -aesthetic and design-related tools and techniques in the development process

    -relevant theory and method and an ability to reflect on the development of innovative and identity-creating design solutions.


    The student will get the skills to:

    -apply creative methods and tools for the development of innovative concepts and products

    -assess and apply relevant qualitative methods for the identification of relevant user insights

    -apply an empathic and analytical approach to the concept development process

    -uncover user behaviour through analysis for the purpose of understanding needs and developing communication

    -detect, compare and manage trends and phenomena in relation to trends and social theory in a historical and user-orientated context.


    The student will learn to:

    -independently enter into disciplinary and interdisciplinary cooperation on brands and concepts

    -design different communication products that take into account the concept's message and set of values

    -independently and professionally present and argue for options and opt-outs in the development process as well as the final design solution.

  • Type of instruction
    This module is a practice-based course combining lectures and research alongside practical workshops to encourage you to experiment with content, format and page layouts, thus guiding you through the process of designing your own magazine concept step by step.

    The student will be responsible for all visual content. Meaning that all visual content must be made by the student self, anything from illustrations and graphics.
  • Collaborative subject/module(s)
    During this module, students will collaborate with the elective 'Editorial - Writing and Photography'.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation
    Only students from Brand Design (INT), Brand Design (DK), Communication Design and media (INT) and Communication Design and media (DK) can participate in this elective.

    Equipment needed to participate
    The student is expected to bring a laptop. The student must have the MS Office suite installed. This can be obtained free of charge through KEA. Read more here:åndbog/k-o#office

    Students must have advanced skills in the Adobe Package and since this module is very hands-on please make sure to bring materials such as pens, pencils, paint, paper, glue, camera etc.

  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    Type of exam
    Oral examination
    Type of assignment
    The oral test is based on a specific assignment within the elective subject area, where the student must demonstrate an understanding of practice and centrally applied theory and method in relation to the elective subject.
    Formal requirements
    The specific formal requirements for the oral test are published on Fronter at the start of the module.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    The duration of the oral examination is a total of 30 minutes, of which 10 minutes are allocated to the examinee's presentation, 10 minutes for professional dialogue and 10 minutes for voting and grading.
    Permitted exam aids
    Own notes may be brought if a copy is handed out to the examiner and external examiner at the oral examination.
    Available exam aids
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Exam criteria
    The test is assessed on the basis of the specific learning objectives that appear from the module description for the elective.
    Deadline for submission
    At the end of the module. Date and time are announced on Fronter and in Wiseflow.
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    As an ordinary test and according to current rules, cf. the curriculum.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    The curriculum is published on Fronter at the start of the module.
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Editorial - Layout (EN) you will receive 41 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 55 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 30% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: field trips, classroom teaching, workshops.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, project work.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances