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):
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.