Journalism & Media Production*

BA (Hons)

2017 entry

Journalism is a career that can give you privileged access to some of the world’s most incredible people, the best-kept secrets, and awe-inspiring tales of love, loss and heroism.

As a student of one of the longest running journalism courses in the country, you’ll learn not only the essential journalistic skills sought by the world’s biggest media organisations, but the technical skills too – so whether you want to work in TV, on the radio, in print or online, you’ll have the tools for the job.

Our Journalism courses have leapt an impressive 10 places in The Guardian's 2017 university league table.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


September 2017


UCA Farnham

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Course overview:

The philosophy of our BA Journalism and Media Production course is centred on teaching you the skills required to produce immersive, engaging content not only for traditional media such as print, TV and radio, but for multi-platform delivery and emerging media such as mobile apps too.

Taught by industry professionals in our state of the art studios, you will learn key journalistic skills such as identifying sources and interviewing, which will be regularly called into action in newsroom simulations, giving you invaluable experience of working in a fast-paced, professional-standard environment.

Your practical skills will be underpinned by a broad understanding of current cultural theories and visual storytelling, giving your work the academic foundation so keenly valued by the industry.

The course is 75% practical and 25% theory.

Course content - 2017 entry

The first year of this course is shared with BA (Hons) Television & Media Production.

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

    This unit includes: research, interviewing, radio and podcasting:

    - Finding stories: where do the stories that appear on the news or television dramas come from?
    - Conducting interviews: how do you persuade someone to open up to you?
    - Technical skills: writing, recording and editing for radio or podcast.

  • Real Stories

    This unit includes: team working, filming, documentary and interviewing techniques:

    - Telling stories: different approaches to storytelling and identifying the best approaches for your story.
    - Team working: Producing a documentary as a team.
    - Technical skills: filming and editing audio-visual material.

  • Getting it out there!

    This unit includes: web-based production techniques and disseminating content across multi-platforms:

    - Website construction: Planning and laying out your website and uploading content to the web;
    - Social Media: Understanding how to use it to find stories, to spread the word about your stories and to reshape your work for different platforms.
    - Keeping legal: Basic guidance on copyright and access.

  • Media and Cultural Theory

    You'll learn research skills; how to use primary and secondary sources; and understanding your audience.

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

Course modules

  • Reporting Your World

    - Finding your voice as a journalist: Looking at a range of different journalistic genres including music, sport and travel writing and different styles including feature-writing, reviewing and opinion columns.
    - Journalistic Law: Understanding the legal, ethical and regulatory constraints and tools for journalists.

  • Multimedia Newsrooms 1

    Includes: operating as a professional newsroom producing radio, television and online content; making TV and radio programmes; and experimenting with new technologies.

  • Professional Development

    You'll develop your online profile; undertake a work placement and IPR:

    - Career building: Create an online profile, engage with other professionals on social media;
    - Work Placement: Possible destinations include the BBC, ITV, Global radio, digital departments at national newspapers.
    - Intellectual property rights: how to protect your work and how to collaborate with others.

  • Media Futures

    Theory unit considering:

    - Future-proofing: How will the media industries develop over the next few decades?
    - Preparing you for a dissertation.

  • Study Abroad (optional)

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

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

Course modules

  • Multimedia Newsroom 2

    - Working as a programme editor: designing your own TV or radio programmes;
    - Exploring more sophisticated story-telling techniques.

  • Final Major Project

    Options include a film, documentary, screenplay, piece of creative writing or website. This unit can be completed as an individual or as part of a group.

  • Dissertation or Media Research Project

    You'll conduct your own research project into an issue of topical concern within the media industries.

  • Professional Development

    - Business models: how do media companies work, how do they make money?
    - Setting up in business: tax, accounts etc.
    - Working in the creative industries: another opportunity to undertake a placement.

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

Course modules

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 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.

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.

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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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