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BA(Hons)

Media and Journalism

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
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 December 2018

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. Our industry partners contribute to live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, as well as offering volunteering and work experience placements at organisations like The Post and Bristol City Council.

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 Bristol and helps fuel the city's continued cultural impact.

Where can it take me?

For journalism graduates, career opportunities extend far beyond traditional media jobs.

Your expertise in communications and critical engagement 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 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.

Write features, news stories, reviews and editorials, and develop skills in digital media production. 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.

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

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

A broad range of organisations need the skills you'll gain on this degree.

You'll 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 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

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) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688

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 year265

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
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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: English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Sociology, History
  • 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

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. We may wish to discuss this with you as part of a phone interview.   

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.

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 provide a more tailored statement if desired.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

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.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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