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BA(Hons)

Media and Journalism (with Foundation Year)

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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:
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 26 July 2018

Introduction

Why study media and journalism?

The journalism industry is at the cutting edge of change in society and is fundamental to the understanding of the rapidly changing world we live in.

The industry needs multi-skilled, flexible communicators and solid researchers with a range of transferable skills.

There has never been a more exciting time to embrace multimedia.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Media and Journalism is based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in the foundation year, and at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, from year one onwards.

Exceptional facilities and resources and our production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology. Our media studios have been built to an industry standard and modules take full account of new and emerging technologies.

Learn from experienced journalists, media producers and academic researchers and undertake self-directed project work in a range of digital media, delivered to specific briefs and tight deadlines.

Learn writing and production skills across print, screen and digital platforms and become highly employable in a wide range of communications industries.

Explore the hands-on craft of traditional reporting and produce compelling, well-researched stories using blogs, content marketing and social media to engage diverse 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.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Our strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene ensure ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters, innovative companies and arts organisations.

Our partners contribute to live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, and offer volunteering and work experience. Benefit from regular guest lectures and take on placements at organisations like the BBC, Bristol Post and Bristol City Council.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Showand graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

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.

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 zero (foundation year)

You will study:

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

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • 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.

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
024%76%0%
124%76%0%
227%73%0%
324%76%0%

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

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
00%60%40%
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 UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in your foundation year, and at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, from year one onwards.

In both locations, you'll benefit from exceptional facilities and resources including 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) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

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

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.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • 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 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.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

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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