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BA (Hons) Journalism

College
LCC
Start date
October 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P500

Applications closed 2020/21

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course.

Coronavirus updates

All our courses starting in 2020/21 will be running as a mix of on-campus and online activities and will follow UK government safety advice. It may be necessary to make some adjustments to course delivery as a result of this. We will notify applicants and students of any changes directly.

For more information, read our guidance for prospective students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Kickstart your career in the media with BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication. You’ll gain skills and experience in all aspects of multimedia journalism in Year 1, then specialise in print and online or audio and video in Years 2 and 3.

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • Specialise in print and online or broadcast media after a groundwork year learning core journalism skills.
  • Gain hands-on skills in a multimedia newsroom alongside a critical awareness of the political, social and economic contexts in which journalism operates.
  • Meet industry leaders and recent graduates to build up your network. Recent speakers include: Eleanor Mills (Editorial Director, Sunday Times), Elizabeth Pears (News Editor, Buzzfeed), Phoebe Hurst (Managing Editor, Vice), Simon Usborne (Guardian, FT), Gian Quaglieni (BBC Current Affairs Commissioning Editor), Murad Ahmed (Sports Correspondent for the FT), Dan Hancox (Guardian, London Review of Books, Vice), Megha Mohan (BBC News Gender and Identity Correspondent), James Cropper (video journalist, Channel 4 news and Press Association).
  • Join a network of LCC graduates working for leading media businesses, including Channel 4, Daily Express, The Sun, BBC, Sky Sports, Vogue UK, Guardian, Sky, Joe.co.uk, CNBC, Vice Media, and Press Association.
  • Study abroad for a semester in Year 2 in Denmark (Danish School of Media and Journalism).

Open Days

The next Open Day for this course will be on Monday 16 November.

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Artefact Magazine

Artefact Magazine is a free print and online platform which represents diversity, creativity, team-work and passion. Produced, managed and edited by BA (Hons) Journalism students at LCC, we distribute over 10,000 copies around London.

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Facilities

Red light indicating recording is taking place.
Image © Vladimir Molico

Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

The Digital Space, London College of Communication.
Image © Ana Escobar

Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

A journalism student working in one of the audio studios.
Image © Alys Tomlinson

Journalism

Journalism students have access to an onsite newsroom, media lab and audio studios.

Course overview

The course delivers practical journalism teaching alongside academic study of relevant contextual theories. Everyone follows the same curriculum in Year 1.

In Year 2 you will choose the Print and Online Journalism or Audio and Video Journalism pathway. In Year 3 everyone will work to produce the Artefact magazine and website.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own authentic and individual journalism in your chosen medium, building up a portfolio of your original work.

What can you expect?

A combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops, taught in Mac suites, AV- equipped classrooms and studios, as appropriate.

The course will cover:

  • Core journalism skills: researching, interviewing, writing and pitching
  • Broadcast techniques: self-shooting video, audio recording, digital editing
  • Critical analysis of contemporary media, legal and ethical issues
  • Contextual study of relevant cultural and historical theory
  • Use of a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, video and radio studios
  • Field trips, guest speakers and special events
  • Choice of theoretical or practice unit in Year 2

Print and Online pathway will include:

  • Multimedia Storytelling: using text, images, graphics and social media.
  • Longer-form Journalism: from initial idea to rigorously researched original long feature.

Audio and Video Pathway will include:

  • Audio Journalism and Podcasting: writing for broadcast, creative sound recording, advanced editing, radio studio production and social media promotion.
  • Advanced Audio-video journalism: video packages, digital storytelling for social media, advanced camerawork, editing and video studio production.

In Year 3 both pathways will work together to produce content for the Artefact website and magazine.

Work experience and opportunities

In Year 2 the Professional Practice unit offers you the choice of a work placement or a collaborative industry placement.

Students have a successful track record in securing work placements with media companies such as The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, BBC, Sky Sports, Vice, Elle, Dazed, Freemantle media, Diva, The Week and The Independent.

In Year 3 the Preparing for Industry unit will take you through how to create an online professional profile, offering valuable CV tips and advice on freelancing.

You’ll get chances throughout the course to meet successful BA (Hons) Journalism graduates and other industry figures to hear about their professional journeys, either in guest lectures or special employability events.

Mode of study

BA (Hons) Journalism runs for 93 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 31 weeks.

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.

All units in Year 1 are compulsory. In Year 2, you will take either the Print and Online pathway units or the Audio-Video Journalism pathway units.

You will also be offered a choice of ‘Option’ units. In Year 3 all three units are compulsory.

Year 1

Introduction to Studying Journalism (20 credits)

An introduction to your course, journalism as a subject of study and the skills required for independent and collaborative learning.

Print and Online Journalism (20 credits)

​This unit covers the basic skills and techniques of written journalism, focusing on the conventions of news writing and short features. Critical analysis of contemporary writing.

Journalism: Perspective and Theory (20 credits) 

The historical and theoretical underpinnings of journalism, its place in democracy and technological developments.

Law and Ethics (20 credits)

The unit covers the legal and ethical boundaries within which journalism operates, including defamation, privacy and contempt of court.

Audio and Video Journalism (20 credits)

Basic audio and video production techniques, including recording, editing and interviewing. Critical analysis of broadcast journalism.

Contemporary Challenges in Journalism (20 credits)

Key concepts in contemporary journalistic practices and the challenges posed by changing cultures, markets and technologies.

Year 2

Print and Online Journalism Pathway 1: Multimedia Storytelling

Creative integration of text, images and graphics to produce features, alongside social media strategy and critical analysis of current practice.

Print and Online Journalism Pathway 2: Longer-form journalism

Narrative storytelling techniques, such as developing story ideas, rigorous research and audience awareness, alongside critical reflection.

OR

  • Audio and Video Journalism Pathway 1: Audio Journalism and Podcasting (20 credits):

Production of short scripted radio news journalism, creative packages and longer form podcasts, alongside social media strategy and critical analysis of current practice.

Audio-Video Journalism Pathway 2: Advanced Audio-Video Journalism (40 credits)

Video packages, digital storytelling for social media and collaborative productions, alongside critical reflection.

Option unit (20 credits)

A choice of units will allow you to either pursue academic research in a specific area or develop a specialist journalistic interest.

Professional Practice (20 credits)

A choice of either completing a period of work experience or collaborating on specific briefs provided by media industry partners.

Research into Journalism (20 credits)

Essential academic research skills to prepare for the dissertation unit in year 3, such as use of sources, research methods and writing a literature review.

Year 3

Final Major Project (60 credits)

Produce a journalism portfolio in your pathway specialism for Artefact magazine and/or website, covering a range of genres and themes.

Dissertation (40 credits)

Research and write a 7,000 word dissertation, carrying out relevant research into a topic of your choice under one-to-one supervision. 

Preparing for Industry (20 credits)

Learn how to produce a professional online profile and CV, demonstrate an understanding of the current media industry and explore the opportunities of a creative career.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical, hands-on workshops 
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • Artefact website and print magazine
  • Field trips
  • Workshops 
  • Theory
  • Research methods
  • Industry-based learning

Assessment methods

  • A portfolio of practical journalism work
  • A portfolio of research findings
  • Academic essay
  • Reflective report
  • Class presentation or written report
  • Dissertation

Staff

Rebecca  Pearce

Rebecca Pearce

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Journalism

Vivienne  Francis

Vivienne Francis

Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism and Knowledge Exchange

Lucia  Vodanovic

Dr Lucia Vodanovic

Course Leader, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

Russell  Merryman

Russell Merryman

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Simon  Hinde

Simon Hinde

Programme Director, Journalism and Publishing

Associate Lecturers

Lynda Smith, Alejandro Abraham-Hamanoiel, Mark Barden

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

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 entry requirements for this course are as follows:

96 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences).
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4).
  • Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects: Creative Media and Journalism, Business/ Business Studies, Media).
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subject: Journalism, Digital and Creative Media, Marketing, Humanities and Social Sciences).
  • OR equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma at 24 points minimum

And GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C) including English.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference;
  • A combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements (International/EU)

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements page).

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.

Selection criteria

The details on your UCAS application (including the academic reference and your personal statement) will be assessed 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

Making your application

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.

Please note: This course does not require a portfolio as part of the application.

Apply for this course though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you'll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P500

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

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.

Erasmus

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

International applicants can apply through either of the following routes:

If you are applying through UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P500

London College of Communication courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

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, and for further advice for international applicants, please visit the UAL International Application page.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Immigration history check

International applicants, whether applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or by direct application, you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you do not complete the check, we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your Direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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.

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.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents through the portal. You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will consider you for a place on the course.

We make our offers based on the strength of the whole application, and therefore don’t routinely invite applicants to interview.

International applicants may be invited to an online interview. Interview details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

Please add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

What happens next?

We will advise you of your application outcome through UCAS Track. If you are an International applicant and have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL Portal.

We invite all offer holders to come to London College of Communication 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.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf

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

Fees & Funding

Home/ EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

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

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

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.