Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.
Autumn, Term 1
Journalism in Print and Online (40 credits)
Critical Perspectives 1 (20 credits)
In Journalism in Print and Online you will develop the skills and understanding necessary for the research, development and production of successful arts and lifestyle news and feature stories in written and online media.
You’ll analyse examples of journalism from a range of media and countries and explore the technical, practical and journalistic aspects of narratives, including the generation of ideas, research, sourcing, news-gathering, editing, writing and production.
There's a particular focus on what makes a compelling story and the application of appropriate multimedia techniques.
Critical Perspectives 1 examines theoretical and contextual issues concerning arts and lifestyle journalism, with a particular focus on ethical questions.
You will analyse and explore the context within which journalism operates and the particular issues that practitioners face. You will also explore the niche field of lifestyle journalism itself, its definitions, possibilities, and challenges, look at new players in the sector and discuss how it can be a robust, relevant and potentially disruptive form of storytelling.
Particular attention is given to issues of consumption, globalisation, travel and cosmopolitanism, amongst others
Spring, Term 2
Journalism and Print Online (continued)
Critical Perspectives 2 (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
Critical Perspective 2 examines the development and contexts of arts and lifestyle journalism, identifying significant practitioners and movements, analysing and discussing key theoretical principles within an international framework which takes account of social, political, cultural, ethical and economic factors.
The aim is to provide you with a thorough appreciation of the significant issues and analytical approaches relating to arts and lifestyle journalism, allowing you to situate contemporary practice with a wider critical context and appreciate the role of the media and journalism in relation to society, including issues of representation, ownership, technological change and the commercial environment.
You will explore notions of creativity and experimentation within journalism, the relationship of the field with the creative industries and its role in the creation of taste.
The Collaborative Unit is designed to enable you to identify, form and develop collaborative working relationships with a range of potential partners.
These could be: postgraduate student colleagues at the college or university level; postgraduate students at other Higher Education Institutions; external parties (e.g. companies, cultural organisations, community-based groups, NGOs, charities etc.)
The nature of the collaboration will involve working on a project whose outcomes are agreed by your tutors and will take the form of group work that can happen within the college or digitally/remotely.
The focus of the unit is student-driven collaborations with projects being developed to meet the specific requirements of student groups within and across disciplinary boundaries.
Summer, Term 3
Audio and Video Journalism (20 credits)
Final Major Project (60 credits)
The aim of Audio and Video Journalism is to help you develop the technical, production and critical skills you will need to be able to produce audio-visual content in the context of arts and lifestyle journalism.
It will enable you to sample and practise skills you may decide to employ in your final major project. During this unit, you will be introduced to broadcast interviewing and production techniques, recording/shooting equipment for both audio and video, as well as editing skills.
Part of the learning process will be to critically examine the conventions and requirements of broadcast media, with particular reference to arts & lifestyle features, documentaries and podcasts.
There will be opportunities to practise and experiment with audio and video before you create your own piece of journalism in your chosen medium.
Lastly, the Final Major Project allows you to develop your specialist interest in arts and lifestyle journalism through the completion of a major project.
You will produce an authored piece or body of journalism, based on substantial primary research and secondary sources, which will demonstrate your awareness of the contextual, theoretical, professional and ethical aspects of the field.
Your final portfolio will comprise:
- An authored piece or body of journalism using one or more suitable media (as a guide, a written piece would be expected to be 7,000 or 8,000 words in length);
- A business plan and pitching document setting out the potential audiences and markets for your work.
Details of your individual project will require a written proposal of 1,000 words for discussion and agreement with your tutors.