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Journalism and Culture BA

Overview

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About the course

The new Journalism and Culture BA offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory. You will learn journalistic skills such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms. You will develop critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate.  You will gain research and analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

Here at Brunel we aim to give you all the tools you need to pursue your chosen journalistic career. You will be taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists. You’ll also learn in our 24 hour, state of the art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry- standard hardware and software. Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world. The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.

Aims

This course aims to:

  • Educate journalists and media professionals of the future who are able to communicate clearly and concisely to a range of targeted audiences.
  • Provide students an understanding of historical, sociological, political and cultural perspectives on journalism and its role in society.
  • Provide transferrable skills and knowledge needed in multi-media working environments within and beyond journalism.
  • Nurture creative, independent and critical thinkers able to adapt to future changes and challenges in their career.
  • Produce mentally agile practitioners who can use appropriate judgment and apply ethical reasoning within professional frameworks in journalism.

Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course Content

At Level 1 you will learn essential journalistic skills such as news and feature writing and audio production from practical modules. The theory modules introduce you to the key academic and industrial debates around journalism and media. You will develop a thorough understanding of the systems and digital environment in which journalism operates and learn the appropriate theoretical and analytical tools for analysing journalism and media.

At Level 2 you will further develop your journalistic skills in producing and writing journalism content for different platforms. The theory modules will deepen your understanding and knowledge of the development of journalism, the various cultural forms produced via different platforms, and the issues and changes in journalism caused by the rise of digital media technologies. You will also develop research skills and critical thinking. You will develop your specialism through selecting elective module.

At Level 3 you will take two theory-practice modules which allow you to specialise and apply what you have learnt to Academic dissertation and Journalism Project.

Typical Modules:

 Level 1

Compulsory:

  • Introduction to Journalism and Media
  • Foundations of Researching Journalism
  • Digital Media and Society
  • News and Feature Writing
  • Cross-Platform Journalism

Level 2

Compulsory:

  • Journalism, Politics and Power
  • Journalism Practice
  • Journalism, Media, and Globalisation
  • Media Law, Ethics, and Regulations
  • Journalism Research Project

Optional

Choose one from:

  • Data Gathering 
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Journalism, International Politics and Social Issues

Level 3:

Compulsory:

  • Data Journalism
  • Academic Dissertation
  • Journalism Practice Project

 Optional

Choose one from:

  • Journalism, Storytelling and Social Media
  • Media, Campaigning and Social Change
  • Public Relations

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Typical Dissertations

At Level Three you will undertake an academic dissertation as well as a journalism practice project.

Employability

Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills and develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques.

You will find our journalist graduates working in top newsrooms across the globe with companies such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent and many more.

Aside from careers in journalism, employment in other sectors such as communications, public relations, policy, production, business and the non-governmental and charity sectors is also possible due to the transferable nature of the skills and knowledge provided.

We are highly mindful of the shortage of production journalists and will therefore be tailoring part of the programme in that direction to further enhance students’ employability.

Careers

Many of our graduates will be seeking first jobs in journalism, primarily in the local and regional sector in print/online and/or broadcasting. The programme will also cater for candidates seeking to enter the burgeoning periodical sector.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level BBC, including Grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BC including one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access course in a related subject* with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.

GCSE English grade C or grade 4 is required. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

*Applicants who do not have a qualification in one of the related subjects will be considered but will be requested to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, one-to-one tutorials and engagement with the Virtual Learning environment.

You will learn the fundamental skills of journalism in our new state-of-the art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using industry standard hardware and software.

You will be taught by experienced senior journalists with a strong track record in training and education.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of essays, exams, practice or research reports, learning journals, portfolios, individual and group presentations, and the final year major journalism practice projects and an academic dissertation.

Special Features

  • We have our own creative writing journal dedicated to the publication of students’ work.
  • The location of the University is within easy reach of London and the West End, the British Library, museums and other research centres of national and international importance
  • We offer students opportunities to develop specialisms related to the research interests of journalism staff and the distinctive strengths of Brunel as whole.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £14,800 full-time

Additional course related costs

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants