Journalism BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
P500
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

Today's journalist must be capable of adapting to one of the fastest changing industries in the world. At Falmouth we help you prepare for this exciting future.

Award-winning journalists from Falmouth have gone on to be leaders in their fields, working for magazines and organisations such as Nickelodeon, Reuters and the BBC.

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 context. An application is also underway to attain accreditation by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists).

Falmouth is ranked in the top ten institutions for journalism in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.

BA(Hons) Journalism course information form

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 Journalism and Multimedia Broadcast Journalism courses, offering important opportunities for collaboration and postgraduate pathways for study.

Course outline

This dynamic, hands-on course lets you specialise in the subjects that interest you. You'll be led through the essentials of journalistic writing, building up portfolios across all three years that will demonstrate your ability to write for a range of publications, whether news, features, reviews or specialist articles.

To add to this, you'll build up your skills in a variety of multimedia formats. All of our students get involved in digital and print magazine design and layout, with the option to focus more heavily on radio, TV and web development.

To be a top-level journalist, you need to have a deep understanding of the world in which journalism operates. As such, all of our students engage with the fundamentals of media law and the contexts in which journalists work. You'll also spend time considering the ethical implications for the media today, and develop research skills to aid your work in investigative reporting.

What you'll do

Year 1

Your first year will be teaching-led, involving a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Our students benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for one-to-one tutorials. In your first year we 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 a versatile journalist.

  • Writing for the Media
  • Media & Popular Culture 1
  • Media & Popular Culture 2
  • Media Law
  • Issues in Contemporary Journalism

Year 2

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 journalists today, such as media ethics.

All students take part in a case study, which includes invaluable work experience in the UK or abroad. With an extensive network of contacts through our alumni and organisations that work with us, our students have gone on to work on well-known publications as diverse as You magazine, BBC Radio Cornwall and Top Gear magazine in India.

  • News & Magazine Production
  • Media Ethics & Human Rights
  • Case Study

Options:

  • Multimedia News
  • Radio Journalism & Podcasting
  • Journalism & Film
  • Radical & Participatory Media
  • Photojournalism in the Newsroom
  • TV Reporting

Year 3

Preparing for your career ahead, you'll complete a negotiated portfolio as you work with increased freedom. This allows you to specialise further, developing your interest with options such as sports journalism and fashion marketing communications. You'll also identify and complete your dissertation.

  • Dissertation
  • Negotiated Portfolio

Options:

  • International Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • PR and Intercultural Communications
  • Health & Environmental Journalism
  • Crime & the Media
  • Publishing

Facilities

The high-spec, industry-standard Media Centre is at your disposal. Specific facilities include:

  • Dedicated print and radio newsrooms, live news feed and pro scriptwriting and editing software
  • Video editing suites with AVID Media Composer
  • Audio post-production suites with Pro Tools
  • Digital production software including Adobe Creative Suite
  • Equipment store with cameras, tripods, monitors, microphones, DVD players, PA systems, lights, film dollies and tracks
  • 106-seat cinema

Staff

William Barclay spent 13 years as a journalist for international news organisations such as Reuters. Anne Taylor works as a journalist for the Guardian, the Independent and the Daily Mail. Dr Hayes Mabweazara specialises in global digital media and Julia Kennedy teaches media ethics.

Experience you'll get

  • Writing stories for live publications on and offline, including the student newspaper, Flex
  • Study trips and exchanges in Europe
  • Participation in the Falitzers awards ceremony, celebrating the best journalism produced on the course with prizes awarded by local and national media groups

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment via portfolios, essays and presentations
  • No formal examinations (except for Media Law in year 1)
  • Final year negotiated portfolio and extended critical dissertation

Careers

  • Work in journalism, publishing, television, marketing and PR
  • Career as a reporter, presenter or researcher
  • Career as an editor, staff writer or producer

Graduate destinations

  • Producer: Nickelodeon Television
  • Editor: FHM
  • Staff writer: FRONT magazine
  • Senior reporter: Restaurant Magazine

Work placements

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
  • FourFourTwo
  • 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

Interview and selection process

Interviews will be held on:

  • 17 January 2014
  • 14, 28 February 2014
  • 7 March 2014

We will continue to schedule interviews as long as places are still available.

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Journalism group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk