Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Journalism & Creative Writing_Main
UCAS Code
39B4
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Apply your talents across fiction and non-fiction on page, stage and screen. Here, we'll help you maximise your chance to make an impact - and a successful living - in the contemporary media and literary landscape.

Magazine production, multimedia skills, factual reporting and feature writing will be combined with modules ranging from novel writing and poetry, to writing scripts for film and television. You'll develop as a versatile, marketsavvy practitioner, while also exploring critical perspectives and the forces transforming journalism and creative writing in the digital age. Your learning will range from the essentials of journalism, creative writing and critical thinking, to a foray into the world of glossy magazines and long-form features. In your final year you'll refine your practical and academic skills and specialise in areas such as crime, culture, fashion, foreign news and travel writing.

Benefits

  • 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
121% 79% 0% 
225%75%0% 
319%81% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
112%0% 88% 
20% 15% 85% 
30% 0% 100% 

Course outline

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 the 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

Year one

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

Year two

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)

Year three

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 specialismsfrom: 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)
  • Dissertation
  • Freelance Portfolio

Facilities

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.

Staff

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.

Assessment

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises
  • Critical evaluation
  • Final year 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
  • Work in media, publishing, marketing, arts administration and more
  • Teaching and postgraduate study

Graduate destinations

  • Award-winning novelist
  • Essayist
  • 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 mentors can be reached on the journalism courses Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk