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Get inside the story with BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC. Known for being as close to on-the-job learning as it gets, you'll gain the skills and knowledge in print, online and broadcast journalism. Work on Artefact, the College magazine, and put your skills straight into practice in our industry-standard, multimedia newsroom.
We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.
Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.
London College of Communication
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||3 years|
£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)
£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)
|Start Date||September 2016|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017|
|Summer Term Dates||Tuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017|
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
|Application Deadline||Open for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.|
|University Code||UAL U65|
BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication is designed to equip students to succeed as professional journalists in the demanding and rapidly-evolving world of journalism.
You will study the core journalism practices, including: researching, story-finding, newsgathering, interviewing, evaluating, story-telling and investigating as well as acquire the technical skills that will support your journalism: video, editing, audio, content management and web design.
You'll also have the opportunity to explore different genres of journalism from music, entertainment and travel, to politics, investigation and life-style.
There is a strong theoretical element to the course, placing journalism in its political, social, historical and global contexts, and analysing the key ethical issues faced by journalists. For example, you will consider how gender is represented in the newspapers; the growth of immersive, investigative journalism; and how crowd-funding is impacting media ownership.
We will take your journalism out of the classroom with field trips, conferences and events. In the second year, you will go on a work placement and also get the chance to work collaboratively with students from other courses and creative disciplines in the College.
Students have a successful track record in securing work placements with media businesses such as The Independent, Shortlist Magazine, NME, FourFourTwo, Metro, Attitude, Woman’s Health, The Times, ID and Private Eye.
We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.
Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.
In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Journalism qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.
The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.
Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.
Course Leader: Vivienne Francis
Programme Director: Simon Hinde
Graduates of the course have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of leading media businesses such as Vogue UK, Daily Mail, Guardian, Sky, Sunday Times, Legal Week magazine, Grazia, CNBC, Vice Media, International Herald Tribune, Metro online, TalkSport, Press Association, The BRICS Post, City Index.
In addition, graduates have secured PR, marketing or content management roles for companies like Samsung, Transport for London, EasyJet, Donna Karan, Sainsbury's, Media Citizens and the University itself.
Many others have established themselves as freelance writers or have set up their own companies.
We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career.
Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here.
Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.
UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:
The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A Level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.
For admission to BA (Hons) Journalism, applicants need:
200 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level (preferably at Grade B or above), plus passes in five other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging: your A levels (or equivalents) would ideally have two B's at Advanced level, achieved at Grade B or above and may include Arts and Humanities and other subjects within Social Sciences.
Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved:
Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:
We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.
Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability at enrolment.
The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London.
Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications and the personal statement.
If more information is required, a member of the course team may contact the applicant and in some cases, request the candidate to attend an interview and bring a piece of work (500 Words) that highlights their abilities as a journalist.
All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:
This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in journalism and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.
You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating you appreciate what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.
State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment. You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.
There is no requirement for a portfolio for entry onto this course.
Occasionally an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application or who the Course Leader feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to final consideration.
You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the Course Leader's questions to you will probably arise.
You should also bring a piece of work (500 words) that highlights your abilities as a journalist. The course team will be looking for applicants who are outgoing, show a keen interest in current and world affairs and have good communication and people skills.
The interview will be a relatively informal and take place at LCC.
Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.
You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.
Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:
Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.
International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Journalism for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the LCC Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:
For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.
International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.
If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for or want to ask us a question about this course, please fill out our enquiry form.
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