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BA(Hons)

Media and Journalism

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
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
Programme leader:
Dr Sally Reardon
Key fact:
This course immerses you in new production technologies, preparing you for employment in a wide range of communications professions.

Page last updated 11 September 2019

Introduction

Why study media and journalism?

Gain a broad overview of the media industry, with a focus on digital innovation and emerging technologies. You'll develop an extensive understanding of current practices in media alongside a firm foundation in journalistic skills.

As a graduate of this course you'll be a multi-skilled, flexible communicator with a range of transferable skills, ideal for starting out in a media career.

Why UWE Bristol?

You'll learn from a dedicated teaching team that includes experienced journalists, media producers and academic researchers. They'll support you to undertake self-directed project work across a range of digital media, with a focus on the kind of specific briefs and tight deadlines that you'll experience in the real world.

You'll develop writing and production skills across platforms, gaining the skills that will make you highly employable in a wide range of communications industries.

Explore the hands-on skill of traditional reporting. Become skilled at researching and producing engaging stories using blogs, content marketing and social media to reach different audiences.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and media contexts in which today's media are produced and consumed. Find out how to turn your skills into a rewarding, well-paid career.

Thanks to our strong connections with Bristol's cultural scene, you'll receive ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters, innovative companies and arts organisations.

You'll take part in live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, and have access to volunteering or placement opportunities at organisations like The Post and Bristol City Council, or a paid internship with South West News Service or 72 Point.

Our final year Creative Industries Degree Show draws talent scouts and potential employers from across the region, meaning you'll be able to showcase your portfolio to important industry names.

And because all our journalism courses are based at Bower Ashton Studios, you'll have the opportunity to connect with peers from other related disciplines. Along with Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed, Bower Ashton forms part of our City Campus, a creative powerhouse that spans across Bristol, and helps fuel the city's continued cultural impact.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, you'll graduate in a confident position for your career.

Where can it take me?

Opportunities for journalism graduates extend far beyond traditional media jobs.

Your expertise in communications and critical engagement, along with your practical, research and creative thinking skills, will give you the edge in roles as varied as advertising, copywriting, market research and web content management.

Graduates of this course have also taken their highly transferrable skills into wider fields such as education and academia.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

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

Final year

You will study optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements): 

  • Journalism Dissertation or Independent Project
  • Journalism Innovations
  • Activism and the Media
  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Newsroom Practice
  • Work Experience.

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn from highly experienced academic researchers, media producers, and journalists, on a curriculum that responds to current issues and developments.

Develop as a trainee professional, with the confidence to innovate. Craft your expertise as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field. Develop enterprise skills, to take your talents in interesting new directions. 

Develop creative digital media projects, and understand the professional and cultural contexts for these activities. Learn about key theories, histories and techniques in media practice, particularly photography, video, web media and print journalism. Learn to make your own content and understand the best way of disseminating it.

Write features, news stories, reviews and editorials, and develop skills in digital media production, across wide-ranging platforms. Debate the changing role of media and journalism within society and its relationship to consumer culture, democracy and everyday life in a globalised world. 

Advance your critical understanding of, and ability to question, the role of journalistic media and public communications in society. Choose your own specialisms and graduate with a degree that matches your strengths and interests.

Live briefs and client-led projects will give you the grounding to work either freelancer or inhouse. Students have recently worked with a charity to create a third world waste management campaign.

Produce a major practical project across the full range of media. There will also be opportunities to consolidate your academic writing skills with a dissertation option.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
124%76%0%
227%73%0%
324%76%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Get involved

Take part in the Waste Aid project, with our Sustainability team, using your media and journalism skills to help increase plant-based food consumption across our campuses.

Assessment

You'll 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.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
16%86%8%
20%94%6%
30%100%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll engage with the vibrant urban and media culture of Bristol. We encourage you to take up work placements, internships and volunteering and our industry contacts include the BBC, the National Union of Journalists, the Bristol PostPervasive Media Studio and numerous regional media companies.

Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

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

Study facilities

Study at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital media studios.

Our City Campus connects teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main creative and cultural industries library as well as student support services, and you'll attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Use high-definition digital cameras for projects and specialist software in the studio for editing audio and visual material. Our computer labs provide further facilities for producing material. Friendly technical support is always available.

This mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

Your writing, content production, research and problem solving skills will be sought after by a broad range of organisations.

You could go into 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.

As this is an industry that's constantly evolving, we'll also prepare you for where the market is heading. You'll have the flexibility and breadth of skills to build a sustainable and flexible career.

Some graduates also go on to study for a master's qualification or do teacher training.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Read how Charlie is making a name for herself in the film industry.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • Relevant subjects: English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Sociology, History
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media and Journalism (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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