• CollegeLCC
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeP500

BA (Hons) Journalism

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.

About this course

Put your skills into practice in London College of Communication’s multi-platform media centre and newsroom, working on the College magazine Artefact and its website.

Led by tutors with extensive industry experience, you will develop your understanding of the value and purpose of journalism by studying relevant areas of contemporary academic theory.

Reasons to apply

  • London College of Communication is an established and highly-regarded institution for the teaching of journalism, with long-standing links to the media industry.
  • The course runs a successful and popular guest lecture programme, recent speakers include: Joanna Montgomery, (Director of Digital Content, Bauer Media), Mary Hockaday, (Controller, BBC World Service), Jennifer Selway, (Assistant Editor, Daily Express), Peter Grunert, (Group Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine), Simon McGregor-Wood, (News Correspondent, Al Jazeera, Europe) and Bruno Bailey, (UK Editor of Vice Media).
  • Gain the hands-on skills and a critical awareness of the political, social and economic contexts in which journalism operates.
  • In year 2, we offer students a chance to study abroad for a term via our Erasmus Exchange Programme with the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
  • Graduates have gone on to successful careers in leading media businesses, including Vogue UK, Guardian, Sky, CNBC, Vice Media, International Herald Tribune, TalkSport and Press Association.

Beyond Borders Magazine

Beyond Borders brings together the work of some of those involved in the Refugee Journalism Project.

Artefact Magazine

Artefact Magazine is news, lifestyle and culture, produced by Journalism students at London College of Communication.

  • Artefact Magazine is produced, managed and edited during term time by Journalism students at London College of Communication.

    Crossing Borders issue

    In this special Crossing Borders issue of Artefact we have joined forces with students from universities around the world to examine the challenges and opportunities of mass migration.

  • Artefact Magazine is produced, managed and edited during term time by Journalism students at London College of Communication.

    Unrest issue

    In this edition we explore unrest and our attitudes towards it, making it an emotionally charged issue.

  • Artefact Magazine is produced, managed and edited during term time by Journalism students at London College of Communication.

    Wild Issue

    In this edition we explore the multiple definitions of wild and the possibility of bringing wilderness back into the city and on a larger scope, the world.

Content

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.

What can you expect?

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.

Course units

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.

Year 1

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Studying Journalism (20 credits)
  • Editorial Practice 1: Core Skills and Techniques (40 credits)
  • Journalism Perspectives and Theory (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Challenges in Journalism (20 credits)
  • Editorial Practice 2: Multimedia Journalism (20 credits)

Year 2

Units summary:

  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Industry Work Placement (20 credits)
  • Multimedia Features (20 credits)
  • Creative Storytelling (20 credits)
  • Journalism, Representation and Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Social Media and Data Journalism (20 credits)

Year 3

Units summary:

  • Final Major Project (60 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Course structure

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.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, use our online course enquiry form.

Staff

Course Leader

Vivienne Francis

Programme Director

Simon Hinde

Senior Lecturer

Russell Merryman

Senior Lecturer

Rebecca Pearce, Dr Lucia Vodanovic

How to apply

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, and information about interviews.

HOME/EU APPLICANTS

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P500
  • There is no campus code for LCC

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS home page, 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.

We have recently made changes to our application process for Home/EU applicants. To find out more, view the Undergraduate Application Process page.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

ERASMUS

For further information on Erasmus and UAL exchange schemes, please visit the Erasmus and Non-Erasmus Exchanges section on the UAL website. 

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the University Applying through UCAS page.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Journalism for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

Deferrals

Deferring an Offer

If you are offered a place for 2018/19 but wish to defer to 2019/20, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter.

International applicants will have to pay a deposit in order to defer.

In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a Deferred Application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2019/20)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. Immigration rules prevent International applicants from making a deferred application.

Entry requirements

Home/EU/International

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 or design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A-level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).

Or

One subject at A-level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4).

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If you are applying on the basis of your previous experience, you should apply as normal via UCAS. You will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps of the AP(e)L process, through either Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL).  

If you have successfully completed year 1 of a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at LCC, you can identify the point of entry as year 2 on your application, and consideration will be given by the course admissions tutor. 

Language Requirements (International/EU)

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 when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Student selection - what do we look for?

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview. The course admissions tutors will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • They will review your personal statement
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • They will review your academic or personal references
  • International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend.

This course doesn’t require you to provide a portfolio.

Personal statement advice

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 can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC. 

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of 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 explain what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment.

Selection Criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be used by the course admissions tutors to assess your suitability against the following criteria:        

A considered and demonstrable interest in the discipline of journalism

An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach (through research and practice) to this area of study

Commitment to the study and development of your own creative practice and subsequent career opportunities

Referral to alternative UAL courses

The University operates a cross-referral system, where applicants can be considered for and offered a place on an alternative course, if the admissions tutor feels they are more suited to that course. If you wish to opt out of the cross-referral process you can do so at the application form stage.

What happens next?

We invite all offer holders to come to LCC, from January onwards, to attend one of our Offer Holder events. Offer holders will have the chance to meet the team, find out more about the course, and see our diverse and vibrant student community in action.

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

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 public relations, 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. Each year there are some graduates who go on to study MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism and MA Public Relations at LCC, or other related MA courses.