Journalism & Media Production

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019, 2020

Studying BA (Hons) Journalism & Media Production at UCA Farnham will give you the skills and understanding needed to find and share stories worth telling across a variety of platforms.

Combining traditional journalism techniques with advanced technology in filming, green screen, radio, online and print, you’ll graduate with dexterity for all areas of the industry. Whether you seek a career in TV, radio, print or online, you'll be able to tell compelling stories to multi-platform audiences.

You’ll work to live briefs through newsroom simulations, developing visual stories for websites and social media, with opportunities for cross-course collaboration across subjects including film, television and performing arts throughout your studies.

Centred on written and visual storytelling for radio, television and online, our Journalism & Media Production course 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 a range of journalistic forms and practices. 

While studying Journalism & Media Production, you’ll be working in our state-of-the-art studios, taught by industry professionals, and learning the essential journalistic skills sought by the world’s biggest media organisations, with the technical skills to match.

Graduates on UCA’s journalism courses have gone on to work in some of the biggest names in media and journalism, such as BBC Five Live, Channel 4, The Times, Reuters and the Press Association.

Length of study:

Three years full-time


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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course details

  • Year 1

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Year 2

    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.

    On Air 
    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
    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.

  • Year 3

    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.

  • Study abroad

    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:

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    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.


Facilities for this course include a tapeless three-camera TV studio networked to our broadcast newsroom using industry Autocue production software. Two radio studios (one analogue and one digital) and dedicated journalism Mac and PC suites equipped with InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition and Scoop. Dedicated journalism studios and IT suites. There is also an excellent campus library with an up-to-date stock of books and journals.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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.
  • Careers

    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.


  • Further study

    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.


UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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

One of the following:

  • 112 new 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, see more information about IB entry requirements.

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.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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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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