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BA Multimedia Journalism

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

BA Multimedia Journalism

This course equips you to become a journalist with the news awareness, story-getting and story-telling skills to flourish in today’s multimedia journalism environment.

We live in a connected world with instant access to whatever news we want, whenever and wherever we want it. We don’t have to wait for the newspaper to hit the streets or for the evening news bulletin; anyone with a smartphone can be a reporter, able to record, edit and publish whatever they like.

The challenge for professional journalists in this digital age is to provide news and information that can be trusted, meeting the demands created by new technology and changing habits without sacrificing core professional values. Our degree has been designed with the future needs of this rapidly changing industry at its heart, informing our curriculum, programme design, facilities and staffing.

Led by former BBC News Online Managing Editor Tim Fenton, our course places a strong emphasis on good writing, independence, accuracy and ethical practice, the values that have always underpinned the best journalism. But at Essex we go further, applying those values to the new world of social networks and mobile technology.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English C/4

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5, plus Standard Level Mathematics/Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Practical Reporting, Interviewing and Production (Single Honours)
  • Media Law
  • Reporting Politics
  • History of Journalism
  • Journalism Now

Year 2

  • Newspaper Production Project
  • International Journalism and News Reporting
  • Audio and Video for Broadcast and Online (Single honours)
  • Feature Writing and Magazine Project for Print and Online (Single honours)
  • Advanced Media Law and Ethics
  • Research and Data Handling

Final Year

  • Advanced Practical Journalism
  • Newsroom Practice
  • Multimedia Project
  • Specialist Journalism

Program delivery

BA Multimedia Journalism: 3 years

BA Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BA Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching will mainly take the form of lectures and classes of about 20 students
  • Opportunities for placements
  • Mentoring from professionals in your specialist subject
  • A typical timetable involves a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Qualification

You will gain a thorough training in the theory and practice of journalism:

  • Benefit from opportunities to work in the field, both independently and alongside practicing journalists across a range of media
  • Be mentored by a leading professional in a chosen specialist subject, such as business, arts, literary, political or sports journalism
  • Find, tell and publish your own ‘real’ stories across different media, building a substantial portfolio of work to show to future employers
  • Study topics including the art of storytelling, the history of journalism, and multimedia production
  • Work towards the industry-standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism as part of your degree
  • Gain an essential understanding of media law and how the UK works.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) works in partnership with all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry. Our primary responsibility is to accredit UK journalism courses within higher education. Our current partners are; ITV, BskyB, ITN, BBC, Reuters, AP, Channel 4, The Radio Centre, Skillset and the NUJ. Our accreditation standards are very much based on direct and practical experience and all accredited courses are very much valued by teachers and students, employers and employees, as they are relevant and responsive to the operational demands of the broadcast industry.

Career opportunities

Essex journalism graduates are equipped to embark on any one of a number of career paths within the industry.

You graduate with all the core skills of a professional journalist, underpinned by the Diploma of Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which you attain as part of our course. This is an industry standard and is recognised and valued by editors when recruiting staff.

You will compile an impressive portfolio of published work and complete a detailed multimedia project in your final year, allowing you to offer real evidence of your range and capabilities to future employers. You also develop knowledge of a specialist subject – such as business, politics, international affairs or sport – giving you a head start if you want to pursue a career in one of those areas.

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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