Journalism & Media Production

BA (Hons)

2018 entry

Our Journalism and Media Production degree is taught at our Farnham campus. The course will give you the practical and analytical skills to help you produce interesting and informed written and visual storytelling pieces for journalistic purposes across multiple media platforms.

You will have the opportunity to apply your research and technical skills in multimedia newsroom situations where you will simulate a live newsroom. You’ll identify suitable content and compile news and current affairs packages in a rapid timeframe.

Your content creation and media production skills will be underpinned by media and cultural theories that engage with the modern world and the developments of future media.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2018


UCA Farnham

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Course overview:

Centred on written and visual storytelling for radio, television and online, Journalism & Media Production will teach you how to produce content using multiple platforms for television, internet, mobile apps and emerging media.

You’ll develop your research skills in identifying primary and secondary sources for stories, learn and employ interviewing techniques to elicit engaging interviews and explore writing skills that will span across a range of journalistic forms and practices.

These essential research and writing skills are complemented by the development of your own creative visual practice as you develop a range of advanced production skills and techniques. You’ll use these skills to produce compelling audio visual content, as well as industry experience to help lay the foundations for a strong career after graduation.

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Course content - 2018 entry

In the first year, you’ll be introduced to research techniques and how to create a factual story using sound and moving images that emotionally and visually engage the audience. You’ll also find out how to record and edit a radio package suitable for broadcast or podcasting and photography to accompany it. You will research, write and make an individual short moving image project of your choosing that tells a compelling story as a work of fiction or a factual piece. You’ll also learn to develop your own online presence, this platform becoming the home of your content that you produce and the blogs that you write. You will be introduced to the history and development of the media in order to develop your critical and analytical skills.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • Finding and Writing Stories

    Whether you want to be a programme maker or a journalist you will need to understand how to identify and find interesting stories that people will engage with. Whether it’s for a fiction production, a documentary or current affairs, in print, online or TV, telling a story in a thought-provoking way is how you will engage with your audience.

  • Real Stories

    You will develop your research skills in identifying stories and interviewees in order to record, write and edit a package to disseminate across several media. Possessing these skills will enable you to take part in making television programmes or telling longer, more complex stories further on in your degree.

  • Getting it out there!

    Content producers, whether it is for mainstream television, internet productions or professional newsrooms, are increasingly adopting a 'digital first' approach to publication, meaning that they consider their web content and presence before concerning themselves with the printed page or TV or radio output. This unit aims to give you a head-start in terms of developing, producing and managing content for the digital environment.

  • Narratives

    This unit enables you to undertake an individual three-minute narrative project that you devise, research, produce, direct and post-produce yourself for a specific audience. The project can be in any genre, e.g. factual, fiction, drama documentary, or experimental, but must be a piece of moving image work which has a clear narrative arc and is made on location.

  • Media Futures

    This unit provides you with a historical overview of the development of television, journalism and other media. We will not only trace the development of different forms of media, but also look into different formats, audiences and their behaviours. A particular focus will be made on new and emergent media technologies and how they are changing professional media production practices and audience behaviours.

In your second year you’ll begin to learn about content production producing packages for dissemination across multiple platforms in a ‘live’ environment, planning and producing news bulletins or programmes in a realistic newsroom environment. You will also be made aware of the importance of media law and regulations and how this knowledge will help you to secure employment within journalism. This will include a five-day work placement to begin putting what you’ve learned into practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • On Air I

    You will be involved in planning the content of the news bulletins or programmes and the treatment of individual stories. You will act as a reporter on location, producing news and sports packages or live updates, an editor making the key decisions back at base and a camera operator. On occasion, you may work as a studio director or vision or sound mixer, which will give you a greater understanding of the mechanics of television news. You will be expected to demonstrate creative ways of telling stories, explaining stories and getting them on air, on time.

  • Law and Working in Media Industries

    As a journalist or media professional in the UK, you will need a thorough knowledge of, and ability to operate within, the context of both the key legal principles – UK statutes and European Law. Both affect newsgathering and publication, and apply contemporary ethical and regulatory constraints relevant to journalism and other media publications. As part of this unit, you will be required to complete five days’ work experience at a recognised media company. You will be given support in approaching employers, writing CVs and, where appropriate, producing a showreel.

  • Narrative Journalism

    Structured around the core journalistic five ‘W’s - who, what, when, where and why – Narrative Journalism will examine the exemplars of long form journalism about people and places, true crime, the role of the journalist in recording historical events and writing as a witness. These examples will be used to inspire your own original journalistic writing.

  • TV, Media and Society

    This unit will introduce you to a range of cultural and social theories that have informed and shaped the production, consumption and studies of media content, including television, journalism, films, music, literature and radio. You will also be learning how to use theoretical concepts to analyse and critique media texts and the impact they have on society from different perspectives.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

    This optional unit will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas educational institution.

In your third year you will use the theoretical work you’ve completed in years one and two to undertake a major piece of research and writing with your dissertation. Alongside this you will continue to develop and hone your live broadcasting skills at a higher level within the newsroom environment. You’ll undertake your final major project, and complete ten days’ work experience in the industry.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course modules

  • On Air II

    As well as working as part of a team, you will, on occasion, be the leader of the team. This will entail taking responsibility for pre-production planning, such as scripting and timing contents of a programme. You are encouraged to use mobile news gathering, which will enable you to expand the area that you can cover as a reporter. This will involve you in shooting video/audio on a mobile device, editing material remotely and transmitting material back to the newsroom via Wi-Fi, 4G, file transfer protocols (FTP) and similar technologies, in industry-standard formats.

  • Final Major Project

    In this Final Major Project unit, you are required to pitch and produce a substantial body of work using two media of your choice. These could be radio, television, print, a website or creative digital project or a picture gallery. The work you produce should reflect a critical approach to a subject area that interests you and demonstrates an advanced level of journalistic and technical skills.

  • Dissertation

    The Dissertation consists of a substantial period of sustained, individually negotiated research on a subject that is likely to be related to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your discipline or chosen area of practice, towards the provision of structured written argument.

  • Professional Planning: JMP

    Professional Planning supports you in preparing you to find work as a journalist or media professional and will give you an understanding how to negotiate the working environment. You will research job opportunities, update your CV and develop or enhance your online presence and further understand the requirements for working as a freelancer, such as tax returns and accounting. You will also be introduced to and practice interview skills.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

We have connections through the teaching staff on this course to well-known production companies and publications such as:

  • BBC Radio
  • LBC
  • The Guardian
  • Private Eye
  • BBC Watchdog
  • Sky News
  • ITN
  • BT Sport
  • Houses of Parliament.

Training in Journalism and media production will provide you with a wide set of transferrable skills which are applicable in a range of diverse and exciting careers in fields such as marketing, news media, TV and film production and advertising – across a broad range of platforms including TV, radio, online and print.

Students who graduate from this course can go on to set up their own publications, or work in roles such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Public relations
  • Presenter
  • Production assistant
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Researcher
  • Editor
  • Director of Marketing
  • Digital content manager
  • Journalist
  • Social media manager
  • Publisher.

Your training on this course will prepare you for a wide range of postgraduate courses. We will help you find the correct course for you and support you in your application should further study be for you.

How to apply - 2018 entry

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Entry requirements - 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring a visual or written portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

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