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BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: JOUF
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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If you are an aspiring journalist or have ambitions for a career in the media, this is the course for you. Whether it's TV, radio, print, digital media or social media, we'll train you to become a storyteller for the digital age.
The first quality a journalist needs is commitment. We're committed to you and we love what we do. You will too. Your passion is our passion.
My lecturers have all been extremely supportive, pushing me to reach my utmost potential in the short time I have been studying with them.
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Why study this subject?

Are you driven to get to the heart of the story? Are you passionate about writing? Or do you love thinking in pictures? Are you an aspiring journalist who's focused on storytelling for the digital age, whether that’s in print, broadcast or online?

This course can help you develop the skills to write and share stories with your readers and viewers across the world. Whether it’s the coronavirus pandemic, the fight for racial equality or Britain’s future outside the EU, we’ll work with you to explore the news agenda in practice and in theory.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Maybe you’re the next Laura Kuenssberg. Or perhaps you want to be a football reporter? You might even have the desire to report about the latest fashion trends?

We’ve got industry experts to help guide you through your degree. They’ll be supported by guest lecturers and speakers and they’ll lead you on educational visits. But best of all, you’ll get to do journalism. Lots of it. We’ve got cutting edge equipment and state-of-the-art technology to help you sell your story.

Also with London only a short train ride away, you’re not far from the hustle and bustle of the city and the stories it holds.

We’ll introduce you to industry contacts, open doors for placements and help prepare you for job applications and interviews during your final year with us.

What facilities can I use?

At Buckinghamshire New University, you will have access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment that can help you make an engaging and professional report on a story. You’ll have access to our broadcast-quality cameras, autocues, audio recorders and even a Green Screen TV studio, which has been used to film programmes such as Black Mirror.

As well as this you will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software including Premiere Pro, InDesign, Audacity, Photoshop and others.

What will I study?

This course aims to be as hands on as possible. You will be regularly out sourcing stories, whether that be around the town, across other courses or further afield. You’ll develop you writing, interview and researching skills so upon graduating you are ready to go into work.

As well as lots of practical journalism, you’ll study law and ethics and learn how the media reports news as well as politics, business, economics, fashion, health, entertainment and sport. You’ll learn how the media interacts with governments and people, exploring issues like “fake news” and power, truth and citizen journalism. And you can explore a topic you’re passionate about in your final year dissertation.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

During the three year course you will learn key writing, interviewing, filming, recording and editing techniques and how to report and present on different multimedia platforms.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore different areas with journalism so you can not only find your own interests and the right career path, but to also ensure you have a broad portfolio of work to boost your chances of finding your dream job.

We offer a tight-knit community where you can gain advantage from sharing ideas and working collaboratively with students on big stories.

Teaching is held in a range of ‘journalism workshops’ which include a lecture, seminar and then practical task. On ‘news days’ you can expect to be out and about finding a story the matches your brief, you’ll then present back to your class.

Students will benefit from our industry-expert lecturers as well as our guest lecturers, industry visits, collaborations with local media and other organisations and the opportunity for you to forge your own contacts and gain valuable work experience or placements.

We’ll help you build towards your ambitions by turning you from a student into a trainee throughout the course of your time with us.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility

Enquiry-Based Learning

Introduction to Journalism

Year 2 Modules

The World of Journalism

Research and Writing for Journalists

Introduction to Broadcasting

Media Contexts

Year 3 Modules

Editing Print and Online Content

Presentation for Broadcast Journalism

News, Truth and Power

Media, Lifestyle and Culture

Year 4 Modules

Advanced Production

Media Dissertation

Law and Ethics for Journalists

Public Administration for Journalists

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Broadcast journalist (TV or radio)
  • Content producer
  • Online journalist
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Audio/video editor
  • Blogger
  • Camera operator
  • Copywriter
  • Production manager
  • Researcher
  • Sub-editor
  • Sound operator
  • Media manager
  • PR executive.

You could also carry on your studies at postgraduate level. Or move into a different field where your creativity, research ability and communication skills will be a valuable asset.

Neil-Roberts
Neil Roberts
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Course Leader
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