- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
This exciting joint degree is for those of you who aspire to apply your literary abilities across the entire range of genres on page, stage and screen. Factual reporting and feature writing, magazine production and multimedia skills are combined with everything from novel writing and poetry to screen writing.
We aim to maximise your prospects of making an impact - and a successful living - in the contemporary media, publishing and communications landscape. Creative versatility and market awareness will be inculcated along with critical perspectives on the forces transforming journalism and creative writing in the digital age. The overarching goal is to make you an effective and reflective practitioner and provocateur, someone who can enlighten, engage and entertain in equal measure.
- We enjoy a 40-year reputation for producing top flight journalists
- We are a thriving community of creative writers, reporters, editors, researchers and scholars
- We place an emphasis on visual awareness as well as word weaving, offering modules in multimedia, print and broadcast journalism
- We invite world-renowned writers such as Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage to practice and teach in our department
How the course is taught
This full-time, modular course lets you transform yourself into the sort of journalist and creative writer you want to be by specialising in subjects that interest you. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning. You'll benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials.
By choosing BA(Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing at Falmouth, you'll benefit from being taught by friendly and approachable staff who are accomplished media practitioners and experts in their respective fields. Our students also participate in lectures and workshops with renowned visiting speakers and world-class Writers-in-Residence who continue to inspire the next generation of creative talent.
Your first year is foundational, teaching you the fundamentals of journalism and creative writing, showing you how to make and market a brilliant blog and introducing you to critical thinking in both spheres. Your second year moves takes you into the world of glossy magazines and long-form features and lets you choose which forms of creative writing appeal to you most - screenwriting, sci-fi or writing for radio. In final year you refine your practical and academic skills and get to specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news plus novels to poetry, writing for children or travel writing. Assessment is completely continuous with no formal exams.
What you'll do
The first year is foundational. You will be eased into what is recognised as a challenging transition to trainee journalist and budding creative writer. A distinguishing feature of this degree is that it isn't only lectures and seminars: There is also an abundance of practical and peer-reviewed workshops. You learn by doing, and critically reflecting, on what you do.
All the fundamentals of journalism are addressed from the outset, from the challenges of telling true stories to the language of news and opinion writing to politics and media law. You'll acquire a multimedia toolkit which will serve you well on your journey through both sides of this degree.
- True Stories
- Multimedia Methods
- The Craft of Writing
- Blogging & The Personal Voice
- Creative Writing Strategies
- Critical Practices
Core modules for Creative Writing allow you to experiment with genre and form and develop a greater awareness of audience and context. For Journalism, you'll focus on the production of magazines plus the closely related skill of feature writing.
- Genre and Form
- Magazine Content & Creation
- Features & Long Form
- Audience and Context
- Journalism & Communications Research
- Creative Writing options (Students pick from: Screen Writing / Business & Editorial Writing / Writing for Radio / Science Fiction)
In your final year you'll engage in more extensive self-directed learning, taking on projects that allow you to focus on your chosen areas of creative writing. You'll also complete a freelance portfolio as you work with increased freedom, allowing you to specialise further and prepare for your career ahead.
- Specialist Correspondent (Students pick two specialisms from: Culture; Crime & Courts; Foreign; Fashion; Science & Technology; Environment; Heath & Social care)
- Creative Writing options (Students two pick from: Writing a Novel; Writing for a Digital Age; Travel Writing; Mass Market Fictions; Creative Non-Fiction; Poetry for Publication & Performance; Pitching for Publication; Writing for Children)
- Freelance Portfolio
Our facilities include a well-equipped digital newsroom with news feeds and 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software. These are supplemented by TV and radio studios and a comprehensive range of DV cameras and audio recording devices. Students are encouraged to make the most of all these over the three years by working not only on course assignments but also on extra-curricular and externally sourced projects.
Head of Journalism Rob Brown has taught journalism and communication across the UK, Ireland and India and he is a former media editor of the Independent and TV reporter.
William Barclay draws on over a decade's experience with leading international news agencies such as Reuters to teach news reporting and sports journalism.
Kevin Bishop was a field producer with the BBC for over two decades, covering seismic world events with famous foreign correspondents such as John Simpson, and retains a strong connection with the corporation.
Steve Bough has a wealth of experience editing and contributing to magazines, including the surfing glossy Wavelength, now a sophisticated multimedia brand based in Cornwall.
Andy Chatfield is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail who teaches media law and public affairs along with spearheading production of the journalism department's output.
Linda Jackson is a seasoned freelance feature writer who teaches our students how to pitch story ideas successfully and produce copy which meets the expectations of commissioning editors.
Dr Julia Kennedy lectures in media ethics and regulation, blogging and literary journalism and completed her doctorate on medical communications in the digital age.
Dr Hayes Mabweazara is an internationally recognised researcher, specialising in digital media and journalism practice in the developing world and is on the editorial boards of three academic journals.
Greg McKinney is the School of Writing & Journalism's dedicated technician, playing a key supportive role in the teaching of digital technologies and techniques.
You'll also be taught by published writers and academics with expertise in areas such as screenwriting, radio, and theatre, contemporary poetry, digital texts, writing for games, writing and environment, fiction and non-fiction, publishing and print culture, children's and Young Adult writing.
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Critical evaluation
- Final year dissertation
- Work in journalism, publishing, television, marketing and PR
- Career as a reporter, presenter or researcher
- Career as an editor, staff writer or producer
- Work in media, publishing, marketing, arts administration and more
- Teaching and postgraduate study
- Award-winning novelist
- Editor: FHM
- Staff writer: FRONT magazine
- Creative copywriter: YCN
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 courses group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.
- Journalism Facebook group
- Cornish/Local Students Facebook group
- Mature Students Facebook group
- International Students Facebook group
- Find out more about the Student Mentor Scheme
If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: email@example.com
For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form