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BA(Hons)

Media and Journalism

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
P251
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full time, part time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Bernhard Gross
Key fact:
This course will immerse you in new production technologies, preparing you for employment in a wide range of communications professions.

Page last updated 7 April 2017

Introduction

Why Media and Journalism?

Our BA(Hons) Media and Journalism will develop your writing and production skills across print, screen and digital platforms, making you employable in a wide range of communications industries.

In addition to learning the hands-on craft of traditional reporting, you will produce compelling, well-researched stories using blogs, content marketing and social media, developing creative ways of engaging diverse audiences. The course will also give you an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and media contexts in which today's media are produced and consumed, locally, nationally and internationally.

In a fast-moving media landscape, where traditional communications have had to change and adapt, you have the potential to turn your skills into a rewarding, well-paid career.

Why study this course?

Media and Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities include our new digital media studios and production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

The course has been designed with the latest trends in industry and media culture in mind. You will learn from experienced journalists, media producers and academic researchers, while state-of-the-art facilities and resources will enable you to create work at the boundaries of technological possibilities.

Working individually and as part of a team, you will undertake self-directed project work in a range of digital media, delivering to specific briefs and tight deadlines.

Real-world experience

Our strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene ensures regular input from new media professionals, journalists and broadcasters, innovative companies and arts organisations. Our partners contribute to live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, and offer volunteering and work experience.

You will benefit from regular guest lectures, while work placements are available at companies including the BBC, the Bristol Post and Bristol City Council. You will present a portfolio of your work at a public exhibition on graduation.

Where it can take you

Your advanced communications skills will equip you for a career in an expanding sector. Our graduates go on to careers in TV, radio, print and digital journalism, web design, publishing, media production, marketing and public relations, advertising and copywriting, audience research and media criticism.

Find out more about related courses in our video about Film, Photgraphy and Animation at UWE Bristol.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

This course involves the development of creative digital media projects and an understanding of the professional and cultural contexts for these activities.

Year one

You are introduced to key theories, histories and techniques in media practice, particularly photography, video, web media and print journalism. In journalism, you will be writing features, news stories, reviews and editorials, as well as developing skills in digital media production. You will debate the changing role of media and journalism within society and its relationship to consumer culture, democracy and everyday life in a globalised world. 

  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Newsgathering
  • Civic Journalism
  • Introduction to Journalism and Public Communication

Year two

You will be writing features, news stories, reviews and editorials, as well as developing skills in digital media production. You will discover the place of journalism within society and its relationship to democracy and learn about the history and structure of media.

You will be developing your journalism as well as digital media skills and advance your critical understanding of and ability to question the role of journalistic media and public communications in society. The year is designed so you can pursue more independent projects in Year three.

  • Visual Journalism
  • Researching Journalism and Public Communication
  • Digital Communication Management
  • Advanced Digital Media

Final year

You will develop specialist knowledge in the study of contemporary journalism, ethics, media and culture, honing expertise in writing, media production and research as a stepping stone to employment or further advanced study. You can do a substantial independent project drawing on your digital media and journalism and academic research skills developed in years 1 and 2. You can also choose to undertake a work placement as part of your studies.

Plus four optional modules from the list below:

  • Journalism Dissertation OR Independent Project
  • Journalism Innovations
  • Activism and Media
  • Newsroom Practice
  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Work Experience
  • Games, Simulation and Media

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Students are taught by highly experienced academic researchers, media producers, and journalists. This means the curriculum is responsive to current issues and developments.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mix of written individual and group coursework, peer assessment, case studies, live briefs, practical projects, self-assessment, tests, presentations, and research essays.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

You will engage with the vibrant urban and media culture of Bristol in all three years. We encourage and support work placements, internships and volunteering opportunities throughout the course. Our strong industry contacts include the BBC, the National Union of Journalists, the Bristol Post, Pervasive Media Studio and numerous regional media companies. There is the option of a more formal placement in year three.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork includes visits to the Westminster parliament and assignments in and around Bristol throughout the three years.

Study facilities

Media and Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Campus. You will have access to unrivalled department facilities and resources, including our state-of-the-art media studios and resources for laser cutting, plasterwork, ceramics, metalwork, woodwork, textile and print. Friendly technical support is always on hand.

Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol.  Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

You will have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus.  This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at the City Campus at Arnolfini and City Campus at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

 

Careers

Careers / Further study

A broad range of organisations, at home and abroad, are looking for the skills you will gain on this degree. You will be well placed for a career in TV, radio, press and digital journalism, news editing, web development, publishing, media production, computer services, communication technologies, marketing and public relations, advertising and copywriting, audience research and media criticism. Some graduates go on to study for an MA or PGCE.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year250

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Humanities, Media, English, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Suitability for the course is assessed on the basis of qualifications and personal statement. Those not in possession of the minimum entry requirements who are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation through nonacademic achievements will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview.

Successful applicants will use their personal statement to show a genuine interest in a career in journalism or the communications and media industries. You should demonstrate or show potential to develop the qualities which are essential to be a successful journalist, PR or communications professional; creative thinking, team working, communication, people skills, confidence and IT skills. Applicants are able to submit a separate document to UWE to provide a more tailored statement if desired.

Applicant days for all take place in January, February and March, where they will experience what it's like to study Journalism at UWE, take part in a group activity, view the facilities, resources, support and meet fellow applicants. Teaching staff will outline the course and be available for one to one discussions. The applicant day is a really important part of your journey to ensure it's the right course for you.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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