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the best student magazines

School newspapers and magazines are often dismissed as simply a good way to have a go at writing and the only way to get your A-level photography published. These guys have proved otherwise. Taking things to a whole other level, this selection score super-duper coverstars, bag interviews with their idols and feature photoshoots full of new faces wearing your future favourite designers. Read on for the magazines that aren’t just a good place to start, but seriously brilliant publications in their own right.

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Text Francesca Dunn 

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  • ARC

    London's Royal College of Art has seen some of the industry's most talented walk through its doors. First running from 1950-1978, their then-titled Ark magazine - manned by David Hockney and friends - was a huge success. Resurrected ten years ago as ARC, the journal is edited, designed and published entirely by RCA students with a new team brought in for each issue. ARC 18 is out now and well worth a look. Escape the British weather and take refuge in its beautiful pages. 


    Arc 18

  • eigenART

    The Universität der Künste Berlin is one of the most highly regarded art schools in the city. When they're not busy being impossibly cool, students create the semesterly EIGENART (German for PECULIARITY); an independent and experimental forum showcasing student projects and thoughts. Featuring those that inspire them as well as the artists they work alongside, the zine-like EIGENART is extremely well designed. If you speak German, get peculiar today.



  • 1 Granary

    With alumni like Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Christopher Kane, there's no denying that Central Saint Martins is one of the greatest art schools in the world. Proving just how great, current students have started up 1 Granary, a seriously impressive biannual magazine celebrating the life and work of CSM students both past and present. With a first issue featuring the Sex Pistols, Kate Phelan and Gary Card, plus support in the form of Comme des Garcons and SHOWstudio, we highly recommend you skip down to the Tate Modern, Serpentine Gallery or Dover Street Market and invest in a copy. The forthcoming second issue is due to be distributed worldwide.


    Pigeons & Peacocks

  • Nmagazine

    23 year old Kenshiro Shimazaki is student at Meiji University in Tokyo. Having begun his studies with little interest in fashion, he joined a newspaper club, did a couple of internships and, inspired by yours truly, decided that he'd quite like to start up his own magazine. Last year Nmagazine (with n standing for Nippon) was born. With big dreams of having Kiko Mizuhara on the cover, the eager fresher called her office persistantly and, a few months later, found himself organising the shoot. Learning the whole production process as he went along, he completed the issue while apparently telling himself "If I give up, Ms. Mizuhara would be so mad at me!”



  • Pigeons & Peacocks

    London College of Fashion's Pigeons & Peacocks is a celebration of the independent. Expressive in its youth, students are given total freedom yet take a very professional approach, with shoots having a real sense of integrity. Featuring work by current students and alumni, they offer an independent platform for photographers, stylists, make-up artists, designers and writers to show their work on an international scale. As Features Editor Darcy Rive tells us, "each annual issue is inspired by and is dedicated to these young creatives, who have so much to offer this vibrant fashion industry."


    Pigeons & Peacocks