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Undergraduate course

Journalism BA (Hons)

Want to have a say on how we understand worldwide events, creating compelling stories and reporting news as it happens?

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Journalism is one of today’s fastest moving industries but at its heart lies the unchanging ability to tell a good story. Our Broadcast Journalism Training Council accredited degree will give you the multimedia skills, practical experience and industry knowledge needed to succeed in this exciting and important industry.

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100% of Journalism students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3L2
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

Specialise your skills as you work on your own individual and group projects producing videos, short films, TV and radio programmes, podcasts, magazines and online content for our own digital platform The Yorkie. You will also take part in live production and newsdays, working to turn around material to deadlines - just as you would in industry.

This commitment to practical work-relevant learning is possible through our strong links with industry. We will help you build a network of contacts and complete 15 days of media work experience as well as contributing to live projects for external clients.

There is also the opportunity to get involved in our Students’ Union radio station, Saints Radio and you will have the chance to work alongside digital media agency YorkMix and see your stories published online.

 

Facilities include a dedicated newsroom, TV and radio studios, specialist software and editing suites, plus a full range of cameras and sound equipment for location recording. The course covers the full digital skillset to enable you to work in today’s online world, as well as build professional-level competence in the important areas of media law, ethics and public affairs.

A Journalism degree can lead to careers in many exciting areas of media including film, television and radio production, events management, communications, PR and marketing. Studying Journalism will launch you into a working life that embraces wide-ranging areas from politics to fashion, business to sport and travel to the arts.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Media Production Skills (20 credits): Multi-platform working is now a prerequisite across all media. This module will give every student the technical and craft skills to enable them to produce media across different platforms and to operate in a ‘digital first’ world.

Applied Media Production Skills (20 credits): During this module students will apply video and audio production skills in specific production contexts. Students will also develop production management and online production skills.

Reporting (News & Features) (20 credits): This module aims to introduce the fundamentals of journalistic reporting, with a primary focus on print and online. Students will explore the core principles of professional journalism to develop an understanding of the context and constraints affecting the reporter in search of original and truthful material. They will also undergo voice coaching.

Storytelling (Factual) (20 credits): This module aims to further develop the students’ ability to tell a story (in a non-fiction context), and to understand how they can reach different consumers using different tools to tell that story. It therefore supplements the Media Production Skills module running alongside it which focuses more on craft and technical skills.

Introduction to Media (40 credits): This module introduces students to the broad history of media institutions and practice. Students will be encouraged to see media as having cultural, economic and political impact and what that means for both producers and audiences.

Level 2

Modules

Media Law & Public Affairs (20 credits): This module will develop the specialist knowledge of media law required by journalists and live programming producers, for example that relating to court reporting, defamation, privacy and data protection. It will also aim to develop students’ knowledge of government and public institutions.

Newsdays (Radio & Online) (40 credits): Students will develop their practical skills learned in Media Production Skills at level 1, to enable them to produce audio content that is specifically for radio news audiences. Students will develop their professional skills by working to a deadline to produce their own news programming over a series of newsdays.

Newsdays (TV & Online) (20 credits): In this module, students will develop the basic video and television craft skills learned at Level 1 in order to apply these to the more specialised environment of television news. Students will develop their professional skills by working to a deadline to produce their own news programming over a series of newsdays.

Professional Practice (20 credits): As students prepare for their final year, this module will help them focus on the career skills and industry knowledge that they will need to give them the edge in terms of employability. Students will produce a personal development plan, setting their goals for the next 12 months. They will also hone research skills in preparation for their final year research projects.

Optional:

Transmedia Practice (20 credits): This module aims to provide the students with the experience of working as independent transmedia producers, whilst grounding their practice in the exploration of conceptual frameworks. It helps to develop the graduate attributes of being digitally literate, curious-minded and able to apply creative solutions to complex problems.

Documentary Studies (20 credits): On this module, you will develop your understanding of documentary types and look at the similarities and differences between them. You will focus on contemporary documentaries, so that it may aid your production work, but you will also look at historical documentaries too. The module also gives you the chance to examine industry roles in the production of documentaries and to consider how documentary, context and ideology are connected. 

Experimental Film Practice(20 credits): Explore alternatives to mainstream cinema as we introduce you to non-Hollywood, underground and avant-garde forms of film making. By engaging with unfamiliar work, you will broaden your creative horizons and production capabilities. You will experiment with your own practice, trying new techniques as you make short films, adverts, music videos and more. You will reflect on the film making styles and practices that have been traditionally neglected in mainstream media. 

Convergence Culture (20 credits): This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of convergence technology with associated areas of transmedia activity and network theory. Students will be encouraged to engage with the continuing development of communication technologies.

Level 3

Modules

Magazine Production (20 credits): This module aims to develop students’ magazine production skills, completing the suite of media production skills with radio, television and online already covered. The craft skills of magazine production will be firmly set in the context of how the market works in terms of different platforms, branding and audiences.

Final Project (40 credits): This module will allow students to synthesise the knowledge gained at Levels 1 and 2, and to specialise in a medium of their choosing. Journalism students can work individually or in small groups to make a long form documentary (video or audio), or series of written features linked by theme or a magazine.

Research Project (20 credits): This module allows students to demonstrate the skills gained at Levels 1 and 2 for independent, self-directed learning, critical thinking and research. Students can opt for a traditional written dissertation, a piece of practice-led research supported by a written thesis or a piece of critical media supported by a written thesis.

Journalism in Practice (20 credits): This module will bring together all the students' skills, knowledge and experience in the running of a real-time newsroom that mirrors industry practice. The module encourages them to be self-starters, to organise their own and others’ workloads, to work to deadline and to practise the team-working skills. It also ensures that their knowledge of industry ethics and the law are up to date.

Professional Portfolio for Journalists (20 credits): This module focuses on students’ final preparations for graduating and entering industry. It includes reflecting on a record of compulsory 15 days’ work experience. The module also helps them to develop an online portfolio to showcase their skills for future employers.

Advanced Production Skills: Cinematography and Production Design (20 credits): Enhance your skills and specialise in cinematography and production design. You will examine advanced film making techniques and processes, focusing on how films and television programmes function as aesthetic objects. We will encourage you to explore, experiment and reflect on your approach to techniques of cinematography and production design. 

Advanced Production Skills: Post-production (image) (20 credits): Enhance your skills and specialise in image post production. You will deepen your understanding of the theories, technologies and advanced techniques used in professional image post-production, sound editing and visual effects. We will look at these in relation to both film and television production, giving you knowledge and experience in both fields. 

Advanced Production Skills: Directing (20 credits): Enhance your skills and specialise in directing. You will explore different performance traditions and methods of directing to understand how performance shapes the cinematic experience. We will encourage you to explore your role as a content creator and consider how you develop your creative vision with performance in mind. It's time to start thinking about cinema as performance, not just as shots and sounds.

Teaching & Assessment

We think the best way for you to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. Whilst there may be some lecture-style elements, most staff-led learning sessions are in the form of seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations. Throughout the course we integrate theory and practical work. Production processes will, wherever possible, mirror real ones in industry.

Assessment is carried out through presentations, essays and the submission of portfolios of practical work. There is just one formal examination, for Media Law.

As you approach the end of your degree there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning, but you will still be supported by both academics and our dedicated technical team as part of your timetable and also outside class.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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