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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.
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.
Print and Online Journalism Pathway 1: Multimedia Storytelling (20 credits)
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 (40 credits)
Narrative storytelling techniques, such as developing story ideas, rigorous research and audience awareness, alongside critical reflection.
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 and 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 pursue academic research in a specific area of journalism.
Professional Industry 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.
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.
Research Project (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.
Creative Futures (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.
Optional Diploma between Years 2 and 3
Between Years 2 and 3 of your course, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake one of the following qualifications:
Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) (Optional)
An optional, year-long learning opportunity which enables you to develop your professional skills by undertaking time out for industry experience. Supported throughout the year by academics, you’ll build on the knowledge gained on your course in a range of national or international locations, and graduate with an additional qualification of Diploma in Professional Studies.
UAL Diploma in Creative Computing (Optional)
Between Years 2 and 3, you can undertake the year-long Diploma in Creative Computing. This will develop your skills in creative computing alongside your degree. After successfully completing the diploma and your undergraduate degree, you’ll graduate with an enhanced degree: BA (Hons) Journalism (with Creative Computing).