Publishing & Communications BA(Hons)

BA(Hons) Publishing & Communications
UCAS Code
Y9W5
Location
Falmouth Campus
Length
2 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350
Status
Subject to validation during this academic year

Find your place among the content creators of tomorrow. Through this two-year accelerated degree, you'll develop the skills needed to thrive in the fast-paced global publishing industry.

Mirroring the sector's collaborative spirit, you'll share spaces with writers, makers and designers, work in diverse teams and connect with publishing professionals. Teaching reflects the creative process of publishing, from generating and pitching ideas to exploring the craft of book production. During your industry-focused learning journey, you'll bring your imagination to live briefs, develop innovative solutions to problems and take part in specialist workshops.

Gaining a head start in publishing, you'll leave with a toolbox of editorial skills and the ability to deliver shareable stories and published content across a range of formats and platforms. With this experience, you can begin a career in sectors including publishing, advertising, copywriting, marketing, and publicity.

Benefits

  • Work with writers, makers and designers in the uniquely inspiring setting of our sub-tropical Falmouth Campus, enjoying creative co-working spaces designed to foster talent and collaboration
  • Respond to live briefs from industry partners
  • Customise your learning journey, establishing an adaptable skillset responsive to the complex needs of the publishing and digital content marketplace
  • This fast-track degree means you'll be ready to join industry in only two years
  • Develop creative problem-solving skills to create value and address real-world problems in the publishing industry

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via UCAS using university code F33, and course code Y9W5

Find out what we are looking for in a successful applicant for this course.

Deadlines

All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

We will review your application by looking at your predicted grades, personal statement, qualifications, and references. If you receive an offer then you will be invited to attend a post-offer visit day 

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
 
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
 
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
 
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
 
Enquiries
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
 
+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply

How the course is taught

The course is taught through a programme of challenge-based, industry-engaged teaching and learning which focusses on your development as a content creator in the global publishing marketplace.

Teaching activities reflect the creative process of publishing, from learning to; generating and pitching ideas, understanding audience needs, creating shareable stories and published content, working collaboratively with industry, and finding innovative solutions to address real-world challenges in publishing.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars, live briefs, field trips, one-to-one tutorials and an industry placement. You'll engage practically with traditional printing methods and digital production as integrated training within the course.

Course outline

This industry-focused course is designed to cultivate creative thinkers who can solve real-world challenges in the fast-paced, global publishing marketplace. You'll learn how to create shareable stories and content that connects with readers across multiple platforms. At every stage of your journey you'll respond to live briefs in a challenge-based working environment.

What you'll do

Stage one:

You'll be introduced to the five principles which underpin your degree modules and reflect the creative process of publishing and content creation:

  • Think – learning to think creatively, generating ideas, understanding audience needs and developing visual awareness
  • Make – creating shareable stories, using hands-on traditional and digital production methods
  • Adapt – repurposing your product for new platforms and audiences. This is also the point at which self-transformation takes place; when your self-initiated projects fly or you customise your learning through specialist topics
  • Connect – creative collaboration with writers, makers, designers and industry professionals, as well as connecting with your audiences
  • Innovate – the stage where your leadership and entrepreneurial skills shine as you begin to bring your cultural and digital insights to the evolution of publishing

You'll learn about publishing histories and futures, build your editorial toolbox, and gain hands-on experience of book production from traditional printing techniques to InDesign software. You'll visit printers and paper mills, meet book binders and artists, and learn to read the book as an object as well as a text.

Stage two:

This begins with two weeks of intensive masterclasses followed by online learning and weekly webinars with an academic coach.

You'll focus on multi-platform content, digital marketing practices in the publishing industry, leading trends, innovative publishing business models, and a primer on the entrepreneurial mind-set. You'll begin to connect your ideas, production skills and content creation with audiences, by working on a collaborative project, while customizing your skillset with elective topics in children and young adult writing, games, environment or lifestyle writing.

Stage three:

The final stage is future-focussed as you develop your Major Project alongside considering current and future trends in books and reading audiences.

You'll complete two weeks of intensive masterclasses in the business of publishing, followed by an industry placement, supported by online academic coaching. You also learn more about cultural curation in publishing, from building reading communities, to the place of live experiences and brand partnerships with museums, heritage and art galleries

Careers

  • Publishing
  • Editorial
  • Content Writer
  • Communications Specialist (publishing)
  • Copywriter - Marketing and Sales (book and magazine publishing)
  • Literary Agent/Creative Agency

Staff

You'll work with an expert staff team with substantial credits in writing, editing, publishing, digital content creation and online editorial, with expertise gained in large and small press publishing, creative and digital agencies, media companies and as freelance writers.

Companies and clients that our staff have worked with include, The Guardian, Financial Times, Sony, Stranger Collective, NSPCC, BBC, Arts Council, Simon & Schuster, National Trust, Belfast Book Festival, Conscious Magazine, GitHub, and the National Maritime Museum. Our staff also run a number of specialist independent presses, including Guillemot Press, The New Fire Tree Press, and Stride Magazine.

Our flagship partnership with National Trust Publishing has led to the publication of two books led by student publishing teams.

Assessment

  • Assessment takes place at mid-points and at the end of each module through a range of methods including portfolio, presentation, documentation of projects, case studies, industry analyses, field trip reports, exhibitions and essays
  • Dissertation in your final year

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.

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 LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational 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