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Journalism, Film and Television Studies - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course combines the theoretical and practical exploration of film and television with the teaching of journalistic skills using our up-to-date facilities. The study of film and television through a variety of approaches will support your practice-based projects in short filmmaking, documentary making and screenwriting. You'll make use of our journalism newsroom to produce journalistic investigations and reports, which may be published online on the Holloway Express. London Met's journalism Tumblr page also contains first-hand student accounts of this course. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Changes in technology are presenting significant challenges for the newspaper, film and television businesses, and the explosion of online video is creating a major shift in the relationship between consumers and producers of news. In this degree you’ll explore these issues and more and develop an understanding of the film and television industries as well as the issues and image these media present on screen.

You’ll also have the opportunity to make short films or develop screenplays using our cutting-edge digital production and editing facilities, and to produce journalism across a range of genres including critical, popular and investigative reporting. This degree prepares you for a career as a journalist with specialist knowledge of the moving image or for work in factual television or film entertainment, or writing in a non-journalistic direction.

You'll develop your journalistic skills through workshops, exciting news days and use of mobile technologies. Practice-based projects in short film-making and screenwriting are enabled by facilities that include an advanced digital editing suite. You'll also benefit from the advice of our team of professional advisers and our fantastic newsroom, opened by ex-editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. 

Assessment

You'll be assessed through written coursework, practical group work, in-class exams and a final dissertation or practice/theory project, which can be taken in either film and television studies or journalism.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, students should normally have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels or minimum grades BBC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

You will also need to submit a 200-word original piece of writing on an event that has recently happened in your locality.

Mature students are also encouraged to apply.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Journalism: History and Ideas
  • Practical Journalism
  • Approaches to Film and Television
  • Moving Image and Sound Practice

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Film and Television Practice
  • Media Law and Ethics: Public Administration
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Representation and Identity
  • Journalism Work Placement
  • Scripting Performance for Screen
  • Data Journalism
  • Stardom and Performance

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Project
  • Creating Packages
  • The French New Wave
  • Film Reception and Interpretation
  • Arts Journalism
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Fashion Writing and Reporting
  • Documentary Filmmaking

"All the lecturers on my course have had experience in the journalism industry. They're an endless source of motivation and inspiration. The course, along with the lectures, has pushed me to gain multiple work experience placements. Furthermore, the course is a great mix of practical and theoretical." 
National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

You can find out more about what our journalism students get up to on their Tumblr.

This degree prepares you for a career as a journalist with specialist knowledge of the moving image or for work in factual television or film entertainment, or writing in a non-journalistic direction. Employability and transferable skills are an integral aspect of this degree which encourages the development of skills for use in both the journalism and media fields. Previous graduates have gone on to work in film and media journalism, PR and marketing, media consultancy, film and television broadcasting and production, and radio and digital journalism, as well as going on to postgraduate study.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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