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University for the Creative Arts

Journalism and Media Production

UCAS Code: W902

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112
43%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Media production

Working in our state-of-the-art studios, you’ll be taught by industry professionals, learning the essential journalistic skills sought by the world’s biggest media organisations, with the technical skills to match.

You’ll work to live briefs through newsroom simulations and by the time you graduate, you’ll have had first-hand experience of working in professional arenas – helping you to get a foot in the door of a very competitive profession.

Whether you seek a career in TV, radio, print or online, you’ll have the dexterity for all areas of the industry and you’ll be able to tell compelling stories to multi-platform audiences.

Graduates on UCA’s journalism courses have gone on to work in some of the biggest names in media and journalism, such as BBC Five Live, Channel 4, The Times, Reuters, and the Press Association.

Modules

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to research techniques and how to create a factual story using sound and moving images that emotionally and visually engage the audience. You’ll also find out how to record and edit a radio package suitable for broadcast or podcasting and photography to accompany it. You will research, write and make an individual short moving image project of your choosing that tells a compelling story as a work of fiction or a factual piece. You’ll also learn to develop your own online presence, this platform becoming the home of your content that you produce and the blogs that you write. You will be introduced to the history and development of the media in order to develop your critical and analytical skills.
In Year 2, you’ll begin to learn about content production producing packages for dissemination across multiple platforms in a ‘live’ environment, planning and producing news bulletins or programmes in a realistic newsroom environment. You will also be made aware of the importance of media law and regulations and how this knowledge will help you to secure employment within journalism. This will include a five-day work placement to begin putting what you’ve learned into practice.
In Year 3, you will use the theoretical work you’ve completed in years one and two to undertake a major piece of research and writing with your dissertation. Alongside this you will continue to develop and hone your live broadcasting skills at a higher level within the newsroom environment. You’ll undertake your final major project, and complete ten days’ work experience in the industry.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£12,350
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Farnham

Department:

Journalism and Creative Writing

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D
211

After graduation


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Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other administrative occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Communications and media

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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