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'll 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 the 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.
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 fictional 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.
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.
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, such as 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.
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'll 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.
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 the 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 examines 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 1 and 2 to undertake a major piece of research and writing with your dissertation.
Alongside this, you'll 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.
Final Project: Content Development
In this unit, you may elect to either work in a group or as an individual to research an area of interest and to develop compelling narrative and visual concept for a substantial work of longform or series-based journalism. You will each pitch an outline idea to your peers and tutors before gaining a green light to develop the concept further.
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: Journalism & Media Production
In this unit, you will be encouraged to prepare for working life as a journalist by researching job opportunities, considering options such as self-employment and preparing an effective CV. As part of your final year studies, you must complete 10 days’ work experience with professional media organisations. At least five of these days should be continuous. This builds on the five days’ work experience you completed in year 2.
Final Project: Realisation
This unit allows you to undertake a substantial and sustained body of work through the realisation of the project that you researched and developed in the previous unit. If you are working in a group, you will undertake a production role of your choosing and contribute to the realisation of the project. If you undertake an individual project you will realise the project, depending on its parameters, as agreed with your tutors.
This course offers the opportunity to study abroad for part of your second year. To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:
- UK and EU students - £9,250
- International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
- International students - £14,800 (full early payment fee)
The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:
These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.
We have connections through the teaching staff on this course to well-known production companies and publications such as:
- BBC Radio
- The Guardian
- Private Eye
- BBC Watchdog
- Sky News
- BT Sport
- Houses of Parliament.