- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
The modern journalist is agile, adept at working across a variety of mediums. At Falmouth we specialise in newspapers, online and magazine journalism. Accredited by the Periodicals Training Council, a benchmark for quality and innovation in magazine publishing, this course examines journalism and the media in a digital age, and the role of the journalist in a global marketplace.
On this course you'll gain the skills needed for a successful career in journalism, including shorthand, media law, news writing and feature writing. Experienced journalists and active researchers in the field will support you as you gain a portfolio of specialist skills.
You'll build your journalistic expertise by selecting options in online journalism and content management, environmental and ethical journalism or public relations. You'll also be encouraged to engage with the study and production of alternative and participatory media forms, with a dedicated option on offer at Stage 2.
By choosing Journalism at Falmouth, you'll benefit from being taught by friendly and approachable staff who are experts in their respective fields. Working in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment, you'll collaborate with students from our Creative Advertising, Digital Media and Graphic Design courses to produce live publications – whether it’s our news website, Navigator, the student newspaper, Flex, or your own publication.
The digital age offers journalists new and exciting opportunities and we'll ensure that you are ready, and fully equipped, to take advantage of them when you graduate.
How is the course taught
This full-time course is delivered in modules with project work supported by lectures, demonstrations, professional experience, focus groups, seminars and tutorials. Journalism delivery at Falmouth also benefits from a close relationship with the highly regarded postgraduate International and Multimedia Broadcast Journalism courses, offering important opportunities for collaboration and postgraduate pathways for study.
- Work in journalism, publishing, television, marketing and PR
- Career as a reporter, presenter or researcher
- Career as an editor, staff writer or producer
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations (except for Media Law in Stage 1)
- Visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final year dissertation
Experience you'll get
- Writing stories for live publications on and offline, including the student newspaper, Flex
- Study trips and exchanges in Europe
By choosing to study for a degree in Journalism at Falmouth you will:
- Develop a range of writing, research and production skills that will equip you for your career in journalism.
- Be part of a group of people who produce live publications, be it our news website Navigator, the new student newspaper Flex or your own publication.
- Be based at the stunning Penryn Campus, which boasts industry standard media, photography and broadcasting facilities and two fully equipped newsrooms.
- Gain the chance of gaining a work placement with one of our network of contacts, including BBC Magazines; Giorgio Armani Press Office; Mail on Sunday and the Telegraph sports desk
- Have opportunities to work creatively with students from other subject areas such as PR, Digital Media and Graphic Design.
- Have the opportunity to go on study trips and to spend time at our partner universities in places such as Sweden and Spain, through the Erasmus scheme.
Interview and selection process
All applicants are invited to interview. There will be a course talk, workshop and campus tour in the morning, followed by interviews in the afternoon. All applicants are asked to bring a written piece with them to use in workshops as part of the interview day.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
This year, our students have undertaken work placements with the following:
- Rocksound Magazine
- Frank Public Relations
- BBC Radio Cornwall
- You Magazine (Mail on Sunday)
- Food Magazine
- MPAD Communications Truro
- PitPilot Magazine
- Amateur Photographer
- Ford UK
- Wyvern FM
- Motorcycle News
- Plymouth Herald
- Western Morning News
- Mojo Magazine
- Top Gear Magazine (India)
- Friflyt Magazine (Norway)
- Henry's House Public Relations
- CNBC European Business
- Talk Back Thames TV
- Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
- Borkowski Public Relations
- Tate St Ives Press Office
- Falmouth Packet
- Red Shoe Communications (Singapore)
- Eden Project Press Office
- Giorgio Armani Press Office
What you'll do
Teaching-led, in your first year we'll help you get to grips with the fundamentals of journalism through practical and theoretical study, from writing for the media to media law. You'll also learn shorthand, an important skill for the versatile journalist.
In your second year you'll begin to specialise, choosing options that interest you the most, from journalism and film to reporting for TV. You'll focus on the production of newspapers and magazines and continue to engage with key theoretical and cultural areas that affect the modern journalist, like media ethics.
Preparing for your career ahead, you'll complete a negotiated portfolio as you work with increased freedom, allowing you to further specialise, including options such as sports journalism and fashion marketing communications. You'll also identify and complete your dissertation.