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BA (Hons) Journalism

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
P500

Course summary

Please note: This course is subject to re-validation.

Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Get inside the story with BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication. 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.

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.

Open Days

Book your place at an Open Day

Saturday 17 November
Saturday 8 December

You can book the 6 February 2019 open day from early December.

Interactive Workshop

Join us for an Interactive Workshop

21 November

BA (Hons) Journalism student James talks us through his work in the London College of Communication Postgraduate Shows 2016.

BA (Hons) Journalism student Amy talks us through their work in London College of Communication's Degree Shows 2017.

Student Fabiana tell us about their work in LCC's Degree Show 2017 and about her experience on BA (Hons) Journalism.

Artefect Magazine

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

Front cover of the Crossing Borders issue of Artefact Magazine

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.

Front cover of the Unrest issue of Artefact magazine

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.

LCC Refugee Journalism Project

Find out more about LCC's initiative to support refugee and exiled journalists to re-start their careers in the UK.

Illustration for Beyond Borders Magazine showing portraits of refugees imposed onto an illustrated map of the United Kingdom

Beyond Borders

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

Two people involved in LCC's Refugee Journalism Project give a presentation.

Refugee Journalism website

Read more about LCC's Refugee Journalism Project and find out how you can get involved.

Course stories

Facilities

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Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

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

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Printing and Finishing

Discover our printing techniques, from Lithographic Printing to Print Finishing and Bookbinding.

A journalism student working in one of the audio studios.
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Journalism

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

Course details

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.

Showcasing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCC and will last for up to 12 months after graduation.

This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

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).

Learning and teaching methods

  • Workshops.
  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Directed reading.
  • Work placement.
  • Practical work in the College’s multimedia newsroom under the supervision of tutors with extensive journalistic experience.

Assessment methods

  • Tests.
  • Reflective statements.
  • Presentation.
  • Portfolios of journalistic work.
  • Essays.
  • Projects.
  • Research papers and reports.
  • Dissertation.

Changes to courses

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options.

Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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 register your interest form.

Staff

Simon  Hinde

Simon Hinde

Programme Director, Journalism and Publishing

Russell  Merryman

Russell Merryman

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Rebecca  Pearce

Rebecca Pearce

Lecturer, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Lucia  Vodanovic

Lucia Vodanovic

Course Leader, MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism

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 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 Diploma
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally, you will have achieved passes at grade C/grade 4 or above in at least three GCSE subjects 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

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. 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.

To find out more, view our Undergraduate Application Process page.

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.

Making your application

You must 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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

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

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

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.

LCC will consider applications for entry at Year 3 in exceptional cases only.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2020/21)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

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.

International applicants may be invited to interview in person at LCC, or via Skype if overseas or unable to attend. Details of this interview will be sent via the UAL Portal.

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.

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 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.

Deferring your place

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, 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.

Fees & Funding

Home/ EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20)

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 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

£19,930 (2019/20)

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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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.

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