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BA(Hons)

Media and Journalism (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
P25F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
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 12 June 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?

During the first year of this course, you'll study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus. From the second year of your course onwards, you'll be 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, Photography and Animation at UWE Bristol.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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. 

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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 one and two. You can also choose to undertake a work placement as part of your studies.

In addition, you will study 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.

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 PostPervasive 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

During your initial year, you'll be studying at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus, which has the latest industry standard software. During this year you'll have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course you'll be 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

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • 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; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Media and Journalism course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

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

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.

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Please see the general information about applications.

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