Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Magazine layout (EN)

Danish title
Magazine 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
3 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Martin Hesseldahl
Tim Meicker
  • Purpose

    The module is aimed at students with an large interest in magazine design. Students are introduced to the creative process of magazine design and will learn about the main aspects of creating a magazine concept. Everything from planning the layout, understanding the reader, ranging from deciding on a title to working with all visual content as graphics, illustrations, grids, type and images.

    Students will get a thorough understanding of the magazine industry and the whole concept of magazine design from idea to execution.


    ●design theory and semiotics
    ●knowledge of project management
    ●trend theory
    ●knowledge of graphic design
    ●knowledge of identity
    ●innovation processes


    The student can:
    ●identify and evaluate tendencies and phenomena in relation to trend theory and social
    theory in a historical context,
    ●prepare a design brief based on research and data,
    ●use, transform and disseminate knowledge visually,
    ●apply innovative methods for problem solving,
    ●apply conceptual and commercial methods,


    The student can:
    ●work strategically and innovatively both independently and in cooperation with others
    ●handle development-oriented assignments within design and ideation

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    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 project 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, photos to graphics.

    On this module, students will collaborate with the editorial teams from the elective course, Writing for Design and Business. The Writing students will be responsible for the written content while the Layout students will be responsible for visual content.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation
    The student must be admitted to one of the following Top up specializations within Design & Business in order to choose this elective module:
    ● Brand Design (INT)
    ● Communication Design & Media (INT)
    ● Brand Design (DA)
    ● Communication Design & Media (DA)
    ● Sustainable Fashion (DA)
    ● Fashion Management (DA)

    Equipment needed to participate
    Students must have skills in the Adobe Package and since this module is very hands-on make sure to bring materials as pen, 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
    The exam is based on a specific assignments within the elective subject area, in which the student will demonstrate an understanding of the practice and the centrally applied theory and method in relation to the elective subject.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The test consists of three elements:
    1. Written documentation of the process
    2. Oral exam
    3. Voting and notification of grades.
    Type of assignment
    The oral individual exam is based on one or more theoretical, methodological and practical elements of the module.
    Based on the written documentation of the process, which is drawn up and submitted before the oral exam.
    Formal requirements
    Documentation of process can be handed in as pictures, products, written production and the like. which is defined specifically for the individual elective subject by publishing a task frame at Fronter for PBA Design & Business at the start of the module.

    The oral exam is 20 minutes in total. 5 minutes presentation - 5 minutes professional dialogue - 10 minutes voting.
    The specific formal requirements for the oral test will be published on Fronter for PBA in Design and Business at the start of the module.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Deadline for submission
    The written exam must be handed in at the end of the module.
    The oral exam is placed on the elective's last day / days. Further information is published on Fronter or WiseFlow for PBA in Design and Business.
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    Re-examination consists of a written assignment of 8 standard pages + /- 10%, and a portfolio with a number of practical tests and one product as defined by the elective. The re-exam is assessed by an internal examiner according to the 7-point grading scale and must be passed with a minimum grade of 02.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    Will be available at the beginning 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 Magazine layout (EN) you will receive 47 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 63 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 34% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, group work, classroom teaching.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading your own notes, reading the curriculum, preparation for the exam, exam.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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