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BA (Hons) Journalism

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

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) or the USA (University of California, Irvine).

Open Days

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.

Artefact Magazine

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

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Space Issue – January 2019

A collaborative publication between London College of Communication and Hong Kong Baptist University produced for the British Council Spark Festival 2019.

Artefact front cover showing anemones by Ernst Haeckel

Artefact #18 – December 2018

The issue explores the theme of preservation. Written and produced by final-year students on BA (Hons) Journalism, the articles consider preservation not only in the context of the environment, but in terms of family traditions, religious beliefs and personal identity.

Cropped image from the front cover to Artefact Magazine. Pink background with images of men and women.

A+ Special 2018 – Gender and Sexuality

This special A+ issue of Artefact Magazine examines some of the current issues and debates around gender and sexuality.

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.

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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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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 Storeytelling: 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

Unit summary

  • 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):

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):

Legal & 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

Unit summary

  • 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

Unit summary

  • 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, and tutorials
  • Practical, hands-on workshops in written and broadcast journalism
  • Workshop development and delivery of a variety of skills-based learning around studio operation and production software such as Adobe Premiere and Audition to industry standards
  • Collaborative group work
  • Artefact website and print magazine.
  • Relevant field trips to law courts, exhibitions and newsrooms
  • Workshops 
  • Theory
  • Research methods
  • Industry-based learning

Assessment methods

  • A portfolio of practical journalism work in written and/or broadcast media
  • A portfolio of research findings, eg. academic glossary, bibliography or literature review
  • Academic essay
  • Reflective report
  • Class presentation or written report
  • Dissertation

Staff

Rebecca  Pearce

Rebecca Pearce

Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Journalism

Vivienne  Francis

Vivienne Francis

Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism and Knowledge Exchange

Lucia  Vodanovic

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

Graham  Majin

Graham Majin

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Daniel  Trilling

Daniel Trilling

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) Journalism

Juliet  Ferguson

Juliet Ferguson

Associate Lecturer, BA (Hons) 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 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, Pass 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.

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 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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.

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.

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.

Making a deferred application (for entry in 2021/22)

International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application.

Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

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

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.

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.

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 pre-payment in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Fees & Funding

Home/ EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

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

£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.

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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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