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The course delivers practical journalism teaching alongside academic study of relevant contextual theories. Everyone follows the same curriculum in Year 1. In Year 2 you will choose the Print and Online Journalism or Audio and Video Journalism pathway. In Year 3 everyone will work to produce the Artefact magazine and website. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own authentic and individual journalism in your chosen medium, building up a portfolio of your original work.

What can you expect?

A combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops, taught in Mac suites, AV- equipped classrooms and studios, as appropriate.

The course will cover:

  • Core journalism skills: researching, interviewing, writing and pitching
  • Broadcast techniques: self-shooting video, audio recording, digital editing
  • Critical analysis of contemporary media, legal and ethical issues
  • Contextual study of relevant cultural and historical theory
  • Use of a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, video and radio studios
  • Field trips, guest speakers and special events
  • Choice of theoretical or practice unit in Year 2

Print and Online pathway will include:

  • Multimedia Storeytelling: using text, images, graphics and social media.
  • Longer-form Journalism: from initial idea to rigorously researched original long feature.

Audio and Video Pathway will include:

  • Audio Journalism and Podcasting: writing for broadcast, creative sound recording, advanced editing, radio studio production and social media promotion.
  • Advanced Audio-video journalism: video packages, digital storytelling for social media, advanced camerawork, editing and video studio production.

 

The course delivers practical journalism teaching alongside academic study of relevant contextual theories. Everyone follows the same curriculum in Year 1. In Year 2 you will choose the Print and Online Journalism or Audio and Video Journalism pathway. In Year 3 everyone will work to produce the Artefact magazine and website. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own authentic and...

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Course Content

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Journalism qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

All units in Year 1 are compulsory. In Year 2, you will take either the Print and Online pathway units or the Audio-Video Journalism pathway units.

You will also be offered a choice of ‘Option’ units. In Year 3 all three units are compulsory.

Year 1

Unit summary

  • Introduction to Studying Journalism (20 credits):

An introduction to your course, journalism as a subject of study and the skills required for independent and collaborative learning.

  • Print and Online Journalism (20 credits):

Basic skills and techniques of written journalism, focusing on the conventions of news writing and short features. Critical analysis of contemporary writing.

  • Journalism: Perspective and Theory (20 credits): 

The historical and theoretical underpinnings of journalism, its place in democracy and technological developments.

  • Law and Ethics (20 credits):

Legal & ethical boundaries within which journalism operates, including defamation, privacy and contempt of court.

  • Audio and Video Journalism (20 credits):

Basic audio and video production techniques, including recording, editing and interviewing. Critical analysis of broadcast journalism.

  • Contemporary Challenges in Journalism (20 credits):

Key concepts in contemporary journalistic practices and the challenges posed by changing cultures, markets and technologies.

Year 2

Unit summary

  • Print and Online Journalism Pathway 1: Multimedia Storytelling:

Creative integration of text, images and graphics to produce features, alongside social media strategy and critical analysis of current practice.

  • Print and Online Journalism Pathway 2: Longer-form journalism:

Narrative storytelling techniques, such as developing story ideas, rigorous research and audience awareness, alongside critical reflection.

OR

  • Audio and Video Journalism Pathway 1: Audio Journalism and Podcasting (20 credits):

Production of short scripted radio news journalism, creative packages and longer form podcasts, alongside social media strategy and critical analysis of current practice.

  • Audio-Video Journalism Pathway 2: Advanced Audio-Video Journalism (40 credits):

Video packages, digital storytelling for social media and collaborative productions, alongside critical reflection.

  • Option unit (20 credits):

A choice of units will allow you to either pursue academic research in a specific area or develop a specialist journalistic interest.

  • Professional Practice (20 credits):

A choice of either completing a period of work experience or collaborating on specific briefs provided by media industry partners.

  • Research into Journalism (20 credits):

Essential academic research skills to prepare for the dissertation unit in year 3, such as use of sources, research methods and writing a literature review.

Year 3

Unit summary

  • Final Major Project (60 credits):

Produce a journalism portfolio in your pathway specialism for Artefact magazine and/or website, covering a range of genres and themes.

  • Dissertation (40 credits):

Research and write a 7,000 word dissertation, carrying out relevant research into a topic of your choice under one-to-one supervision. 

  • Preparing for Industry (20 credits):

Learn how to produce a professional online profile and CV, demonstrate an understanding of the current media industry and explore the opportunities of a creative career.

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Journalism qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. All units in Year 1 are compulsory. In Year 2, you will take either the Print and Online pathway units...

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Entry Requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

96 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Creative Media and Journalism, Business/ Business Studies, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Journalism, Digital and Creative Media, Marketing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C) including English.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A-level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry. The standard entry requirements for this course are as...

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Assessment Methods

  • A portfolio of practical journalism work in written and/or broadcast media
  • A portfolio of research findings, eg. academic glossary, bibliography or literature review
  • Academic essay
  • Reflective report
  • Class presentation or written report
  • Dissertation

  • A portfolio of practical journalism work in written and/or broadcast media
  • A portfolio of research findings, eg. academic glossary, bibliography or literature review
  • Academic essay
  • Reflective report
  • Class presentation or written report
  • Dissertation

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021