Media and Journalism (with Foundation Year)
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About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Film and Journalism
- Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
- Four years
- Programme leader:
- Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three 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 17 September 2019
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
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
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
- The Power of Words.
You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.
The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.
You will study:
- Introduction to Digital Media
- Civic Journalism
- Introduction to Journalism and Public Communication.
You will study:
- Visual Journalism
- Researching Journalism and Public Communication
- Digital Communication Management
- Advanced Digital Media.
You will study optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):
- Journalism Innovations
- Activism and the Media
- Advanced Feature Writing
- Newsroom Practice
- Journalism Dissertation*
- Work Experience
- Independent Project*
*Cannot be taken together.
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
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*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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 throughout your degree. 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 Post, Pervasive 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 includes visits to the Westminster parliament and assignments in and around Bristol throughout the course.
Study at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in Year zero, and at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, from Year one onwards.
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 / 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.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||265|
Supplementary fee information
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.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
- Tariff points: 64
- 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 one A-Level.
- Relevant subjects: English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Sociology and History.
- 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.
If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media and Journalism course.
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333