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Why study this course?

Our Journalism, Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons) is ideal if you’re interested in studying how to become a journalist, as well as make and write about film and television, but don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard degree.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year, designed to equip you with fundamental skills to allow you to study at undergraduate level.

This degree combines the fields of journalism, television and film to provide you with comprehensive knowledge of media practices and theory. The programme will open many doors in both industries and improve your chances of gaining employment in the specialist area of film and television journalism.

The foundation year will equip you with study skills to review media, write essays and media copy, conduct research and critically analyse sources. You’ll also learn about fundamental practices in communications, film, television and broadcast media.
You’ll share the foundation year with students from other specialisms on a foundation year degree. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about other disciplines and meet students outside of your course.

Throughout your degree we will support you to succeed academically and make sure you settle into university life. You’ll benefit from one-to-one sessions with your tutor, where you’ll be able to discuss your work and progress. There will also be opportunities to polish other skills, such as essay writing or critical analysis, via workshops offered by the University.

After the foundation year you’ll join students enrolled on our Journalism, Film and Television Studies BA (Hons). You’ll study the same modules as these students and upon graduation you’ll receive the same award.

If you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different discipline after the foundation year, there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.

You can get a taste for studying this course at London Met by taking a look at our YouTube channel of impressive student films.

Use our range of resources to make and produce your own stories

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

Wide range of career prospects

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

Learn the skills you need to reach your full potential

This four-year degree course includes an intensive foundation year (Year 0) which will provide you with the skills required for your subsequent three years of study

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Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2024/25 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules

Year 1 modules

Year 2 modules

Year 3 modules

Introduction : Film, TV and Broadcast Media

(core, 30 credits)

This module will provide students with a number of introductory practical skills in relation to film and television production and a range of broadcast media. Through practice-based exercises aimed at introducing photographic, digital and filmmaking skills, students will begin to explore issues of, for example, editing and sound. They will also begin to reflect upon their learning, and thereby begin to develop and improve upon their future learning experience.

This module aims to:

● Introduce students to the practical study of film, television and broadcast media;

● Provide students with basic skills in photography and digital filmmaking;

● Develop students’ strategies for working in groups, collaboration and teamwork;

● Provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and develop corresponding skills;

● Prepare students for the practical study of film, television and broadcast media at Level 4.

Introduction: Digital Media

(core, 30 credits)

The module is an introduction to the field of digital media as an area of practice, as culture, and as a set of structures. It is a theory and practice based module providing students with foundation knowledge and skills to effectively analyze but also produce simple digital artefacts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the wider context of digital media production but also to apply key ideas in their own production.

This module aims to:

∙Introduce students to digital media history and culture providing a foundation for further study

∙Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through the exploration of digital practice

∙Aid the development of digital production skills through practical workshops and assessments

∙Prepare students for the practical study of digital media at Level 4.

Introduction: Journalism and Writing for the Media

(core, 15 credits)

You will gain the basic skills required to write clear, grammatically correct and concise journalistic copy across a range of media platforms. Practical skills will be taught by examining good journalistic practice across all platforms, including social media. Interview skills will be taught through reporting tasks. These will be set within the context of current affairs and ongoing media debates. This module aims to:

  • Equip students with the ability to write copy to a publishable standard with no factual or grammatical errors;
  • Aid students in using sources to construct clear and accurate factual written articles
  • Develop research skills across printed, electronic and primary sources.
  • Improve understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling

Introduction: Media and Communications

(core, 30 credits)

This module will provide students with an introduction to the study of the mass media and facilitate development of key academic research and writing skills. The module is organised around five blocks each of which introduces debates and discussions about one aspect of the study of the mass media, leading to a short assessment exercise.

The module is designed to facilitate the transition into undergraduate study by encouraging critical engagement and the development of basic academic skills and competencies.

This module aims to:

●Introduce students to key debates in the study of the mass media to provide a foundation for further study.

●Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through guided study and coursework preparation

●Encourage the development of key academic writing, reading and research skills and competencies

●Prepare students for the practical study of media and communications Level 4.

Journalism and Professional Writing

(core, 15 credits)

Studying on this module will provide you with the practical skills to create journalistic copy across a range of media platforms. Practical skills will be taught by examining best practice across print, broadcast and online, including social media. Interview skills will be taught through reporting tasks. These will be set within the context of current affairs and ongoing media debates. This module aims to:

  • Equip students with the ability to write copy to a publishable standard with no factual or grammatical errors;
  • Aid students in writing headlines for print as well as crafting web headlines and tweets suitable for online and social media;
  • Develop research skills across printed, electronic and primary sources.
  • Develop social skills needed for interviews and vox pops.

Approaches to Film and Television

(core, 30 credits)

This module introduces students to key theoretical approaches to film, forming a basis for future study through the Film Studies film course.

Students will learn how to apply these approaches through independent textual analysis, developing an understanding of the relationship between text, theory and the wider study of film.

Journalism: History and Ideas

(core, 30 credits)

This module introduces students to the history of journalism, honourable and dishonourable, to the roles it has played and continues to play in society, and to the main theories used to understand how it works. Focusing on the UK, it will also highlight ethical concerns and take account of wider, global issues and contexts. This content will be used to develop transferable skills of critical thinking and analysis, crucial to employability.

Political accounts, investigations which have transformed lives, human interest stories, arts reviews, in-depth profiles, cartoons, speculative columns, hot gossip, sports, fashion, celebrity… and now, for something completely different! What does it all mean and why do we produce and consume it? By the end of the module, students won’t necessarily have any answers, but they should be able to ask much better questions and have developed critical and analytical skills.

Working together, individually and in small groups, students explore major events and stories, past and present. They develop skills of presentation and analysis, learning when to use academic writing and when the more vivid narrative of journalism can play an equally effective role. In addition, they will explore critically and practically, the techniques used in writing and broadcasting of the past so that they can better develop their own professional capacities in the future.

Discussion, presentations, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in the development of critical thinking skills, which will be workshop-based.
The module will be assessed by three essays and contributions to an online journal, which is moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

Moving Image and Sound Practice

(core, 30 credits)

This module introduces students to the core concepts of filmmaking (image & sound) through lectures and practical workshops in digital photography, cinematography, sound recording and editing. Through lecture and practical engagement students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to the creative uses of image and sound.

This module aims to:

1) Introduce students to the fundamental technology of digital photography/video and sound production and to a range of basic practical skills necessary for each, and therefore provide students with a range of potentially employable skills and capabilities.

2) Support some of the theoretical priorities of the School of Computing and Digital Media courses by exposing students to various aspects of digital image and sound production in relation to various media and cultural theories (including those they have encountered or are likely to encounter on other School modules) that assume or assert a relationship between image, sound and film style, and to analyze this practice/theory process through written reflection on their practical work.

3) Provide students with the experience of collaborative working practices and to reflect on their benefits and difficulties, particularly in relation to individual/group co-ordination, all of which are important components for future employability.

4) Prepare students for a ‘practical-theoretical’ strand of School of Computing and Digital Media modules at levels 5 and 6, including the level 6 Project.

Practical Journalism

(core, 30 credits)

This module introduces students to the practical and analytical skills (including looking at ethical problems) involved in professional news writing, newsgathering, collaborating in teams to produce stories, evaluating sources and revising writing.

Students will be required to produce news copy in professional formats, which will include online posts using images, video and audio and the use of mobile technology.

They will research and write a series of news articles and publish them to the class. They will learn newsgathering skills: analysis of reports, press releases and user-generated content; deducing news content from press conferences and announcements (diary items); following up human interest via face-to-face and phone interviews, including vox pops and the death knock; organising a team response to a major event; follow-up stories and case studies; analysing facts and figures to use in sidebar boxes; cultivating contacts and FoI.

They will study contemporary news coverage to develop an understanding of how news stories are reported and created. They will discuss ethical, legal and commercial constraints on journalists and how different genres serve different markets.

Accuracy, subediting, headlines and search engine optimisation will be important, as will developing stories through new media, images, audio, and video. This to include links to Youtube, soundcloud etc, with multimedia elements.

The module will be assessed by two portfolios, using mixed media, and a timed class exercise. These will test students’ developing news sense, news gathering and news writing.

Contribution in class will be measured by a journal recording the student’s activity, weekly updated, moderated by tutors at the end of the teaching period

Film and Television Practice

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Monday morning

(core, 30 credits)

This module will enable students to explore a range of film and television moving image texts through practical exercises, experimentation, observation, analysis and documentation. Focusing on a series of key texts, through screenings, lectures, workshops and seminars, students will gain an enhanced understanding of how the key technical aspects – production development, cinematography, design, performance, sound, editing, post-production and effects – shape a work’s narrative, language, genre, and ideology.

Students will also engage with a range of aspects of television production, from producing and directing to technical roles, providing an opportunity to gain useful transferrable skills for employability within the broadcast television and film sectors. This practice-led work will be underpinned by a carefully critical approach to television conventions and analyses of television product in order to extend students' theoretical knowledge and understanding of the television industry. Students will be encouraged to work as self-motivated reflective practitioners, operating effectively within a team to produce a television programme.

The main aims of this module are to:

1) introduce students to various techniques in relation to contemporary television production in order to develop student knowledge and understanding of television production roles and enable students to build effectively on knowledge and skills in all aspects of production.

2) foster a critical and analytical approach to practical work, enabling students to gain further understanding (through practice) of critical theories arising on courses within the School of Computing and Digital Media with respect to narrative, genre codes and conventions and audience contexts.

3) introduce students to a range of appropriate digital video techniques for contemporary video production enabling them to build on existing L4 skills in cinematography, sound and post-production.

4) enable students to work effectively as part of a production team and encourage them to recognize the importance of effective communication and co-operative working strategies for the development of film and television projects. 5) enable students to gain and develop a range of transferable skills in audio-visual production and in working effectively with critical concepts in a practice-led context

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Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Thursday morning

(core, 30 credits)

This module covers what student journalists need to know about how Britain works and the place of journalism within debates about ethics and the legal system. It is core for all journalism-related courses as everyone in the media needs to know how the system works.

Classes will look at the ethical and judicial frameworks and constraints which control the reporting of legal matters, including crime and its contexts. Students will explore these subjects from the industry viewpoint, learning how to find and develop stories within the social and political landscape of Britain today.

Within public adminstration, classes will survey: national systems of government and representation; local government; citizen remedies and freedom of information; foreign policy, the EU and defence; social services and education; health; the judicial system (civil) and human rights; ermegency services; the criminal justice system, including police; finance and the stock exchange.

At the heart of this course is the study of ethics. How journalists ought to behave – and what we can learn from those who do not behave properly – is particularly important to the profession. The public relies on the profession to give information. How should journalists get that information and how convey it?

Ethics gives a deeper meaning to the study of the legal system for journalists. Classes will locate the law which journalists need to know, both civil and criminal, within a broader ethical framework in today’s multi-platform, multi-national world. Analysis of current cases and case law will be as important as knowledge of existing frameworks and codes.

Field trips to magistrate’s courts and local authority meetings will be key to personal experience and understanding, as will guest speakers.

Discussion, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in developing students’ critical thinking skills and the professional skill of accurate, legally acceptable writing.

The module will be assessed by two portfolios (one of which includes multi media), an essay, an online journal moderated by tutors at the end of the year, and an in-class legal knowledge test which students must pass in order to complete the module (an accreditation stipulation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council).

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Advanced Reporting

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

(alternative core, 30 credits)

Continuing on from the first-year core Reporting Skills, students in Advanced Reporting will develop the skills and techniques necessary to succeed in more advanced forms of reporting, including investigative journalism, features, and in-depth interviews and profiles.

For Students studying on this course, you will learn to identify subject matter and potential readerships; master interviewing and editing techniques in audio and video; learn how to find original angles; undertake focused, widely sourced research on individuals and issues; and conduct on-the-spot reportage. You will also analyse statistics and develop stories based on them. This will be taught through a combination of workshops, masterclasses and site visits.

This module aims to develop students’ skills in multi-platform journalism. Via practical workshops and news days, which closely copy the latest UK industry working practices in modern multimedia newsrooms, you will learn the basics of radio journalism, as well as TV/video reporting skills, including camera and editing skills, using cutting-edge software and equipment. This will reinforce your understanding of the need for 360-degree journalism in today’s society.

You will work on projects within class with a view to publishing them online via the course website,
Holloway Express, thereby providing an outward-facing portal for future employability.

The second half of the course will involve four six-hour long news days, which will offer chances to transform understandings into practice.

Successful completion of this module will involve the preparation of journalism and employability portfolios to be developed for presentation to prospective employers.

Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism, and an employability portfolio.
Contribution to news days will be both self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

The module will be assessed as follows:
Two portfolios of six stories (news and features) in total, comprising one podcast and one video package, both of which must show evidence of professional writing and newsgathering skills learnt in this module,
A piece of long-form journalism (2,500 words) showcasing investigative reporting (this can use multimedia).
Four assessed News Days, where students will work collaboratively to create radio and TV news programming reflecting the day’s news agenda. Contributions to an online journal will assess class contribution, moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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Journalism Work Placement

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday morning

(alternative core, 15 credits)

This module provides opportunities for students to gain experience of the journalistic working environment and to enhance and extend their learning by applying and building on their academic and journalistic skills. It is core for all journalism-related courses.

Students must find their three–week placement (the number of working days stipulated for accreditation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council) themselves, deploying employability and professional skills and their own developing portfolios. These will be measured and supported by the assessments.

Placements of fifteen working days with one employer (or fifteen working days divided between two employers) will be supported by a session of workshops, of which students must attend the majority.

Assessment will be by a reflective learning log, including ethical considerations and remarks by employers; a presentation to class and on the class blog; self-assessed engagement with classes when not on placement, measured by online journal.

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Newsroom Production

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

(alternative core, 30 credits)

Students will work in teams in the newsroom to produce multi-platform journalism consistent with industry practice. This module is core for journalism students and many allied courses.

Working within tight deadlines and adhering to professional codes and standards, students will write and edit copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media to construct narratives appropriate to the story and platform. They will develop competencies in the use of audio and video recording and editing, making particular use of smartphones, and learn how to draw traffic to their work by means of social media.

In order to perform these tasks, students will take on a number of roles specified in published job descriptions. Students will be required to produce CVs, covering letters and portfolio websites displaying their own work, appear before an interview board and pitch story or programme ideas to commissioners. This will develop their social as well as writing skills.

The development of students’ professional practice will be informed by sessions led by guest speakers from the industry and field trips to working news environments.

The second half of the course will involve four six-hour long news days, which will offer chances to transform understandings into practice.

Successful completion of this module will involve the preparation of journalism and employability portfolios to be developed for presentation to prospective employers.

Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism, and an employability portfolio.
Contribution to news days will be both self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

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Work Based Learning for Media

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Monday afternoon

(alternative core, 15 credits)

This module enables students to develop employability skills and competencies, understand the nature of work, and work toward developing a portfolio of skills and competencies to facilitate the transition into graduate level employment. The module combines a series of taught classes combined with practical work-based learning opportunities (i.e. placements, internships, client briefs, group work related projects) to be provided in conjunction...with external employers and organisations.

Students will, individually or as a group, engage in work-based projects or activities in collaboration with external agencies and employers, Such projects or activities will have clear and defined outcomes and expectations, for example the production of marketing material, videos, photography or online content appropriate for media or media-related industries and facilitative of work and/or careers in them. Appropriate work-based learning opportunities and projects will be advertised by week 5 although it will also be possible for students to engage in projects acquired in other ways with the approval of the module leader. Participation in university-advertised projects will sometimes be based on competitive applications.

A series of taught classes will support progress through the module and will usually be timetabled for the first 8 weeks of it. An additional session in week 12 will encourage reflection and engagement in assessment activities. The module aims to enable students to:

1. Consider their employability in relation to graduate careers goals, through the development of professional competencies and knowledge through work experience.
2. Develop and/or increase critical, self-reflective ability and self-efficacy.
3. Demonstrate theoretical concepts and transferable competencies and deploy them in a practical, problem-solving way.
4. Gain understanding of current issues, practices and relevant legislation within a particular and relevant organisational contexts.
5. Build personal networks, explore employment options and consider future career plans.

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British and European Cinema

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Wednesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

The module will examine a variety of European, including British, films in relation to their specific cultural, historical and social contexts, considering the way in which national identity is imagined, interrogated and contested in these films. You will explore European film through a variety of themes. The themes are linked with important contemporary issues of Europe’s historical and social experience. They might include European cinema and the idea of Europe; from national to transnational cinema; European art cinema; popular European genres; history, memory and the national past; the European road movie; the city film; space and place in European cinema; stars as national and transnational icons; Post-colonial cinema; migrant and diasporic identities in contemporary Europe; ‘Fortress Europe’; transgender and queer cinema; European co-productions and women’s cinema in Britain and Europe.

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Contemporary Television Studies

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Friday afternoon

(option, 15 credits)

This module provides a thorough overview of institutions, economics, technologies, texts, audiences and production practices, relating to television broadcasting and its contemporary online successors.

The aims of this module are to:

1. Introduce students to a range of a range of debates about the role of television in everyday life.
2. Encourage students to deploy critical methods of analysis from previous modules to television and develop these skills through examination of specific case studies.

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Documentary Photography

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

(option, 15 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a rigorous understanding of the history, theory and practices of documentary photography, and to enable them to develop key photographic skills pertinent to the practice of documentary photography. The module will introduce students to the history, theory and practice of contemporary documentary photography. The module is slanted towards practice, and provides an opportunity for students to develop photographic skills or enhance their existing photographic skills, as well as their understanding of documentary photography. The module will provide practical tuition in the skills of street photography, portraiture, photographing objects in motion, and narrative photography, and will encourage and support students in the conception and development of their own documentary photographic projects. The module will also provide historical and theoretical contexts for students’ developing photographic practices, enabling them to critically reflect on their own practice as documentary photographers.

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Film and TV Industry Roles

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Tuesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

This module develops students’ critical abilities in the analysis of film & television forms and texts, the circumstances of their financing, production, distribution and exhibition in the economy and society. It considers the role of different film and television production models, and encourages students to apply what they have learned from this analysis. The module provides an insight into the role of marketing, public relations and other promotional activities in the film and television industries. It also develops the ability of the student to critically evaluate the film and television labour market, and situate their own filmmaking practice within this framework. Alongside this critical approach, students construct an online presence as part of their professional portfolio, applying concepts and perspectives derived from the module both to examples from the wider industry and their own filmmaking practice. Students also analyse a particular professional career path as part of module.

The module provides an industry and employment-oriented perspective on the field for students across Film and Television Production and Film and Television Studies, providing a counterpoint to the personal creative aspects of film and television production in studio modules, and building on the critical and analytical elements of earlier modules in L4.

This module aims to:
• To outline film & television industry structures and current industry opportunities.
• To acquaint students with key economic and institutional developments in film & television with particular emphasis on Britain.
• To understand current trends in the media industry towards transmedia (when media content is created to be used across a range of media platforms such as computers, mobile phones and other mobile devices).
• To encourage students to link such critical research and study to their own practice.

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Scripting Performance for Screen

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Wednesday morning
autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

(option, 15 credits)

This module provides an opportunity to study the art and craft of screenwriting via the short film. Screenwriting differs from other forms of creative writing because the screenplay is a vehicle for a production team to create a film. It requires a combination of visual imagination and engineering to create a good screenplay. Students need to learn the clues which enable an audience to follow the story via character creation and use of action, choice of locations, the tone, the use of genre and narrative pattern of their story. Via a mix of film analysis and writing their own script, students will have a basic grounding in this element of film production.

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Stardom and Performance

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Tuesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

The module explores ideas around stardom and performance, considering their significance in relation to notions of identity, cultural context, filmic narrative and audience reception. A number of case studies will be examined as the module explores shifting ideas of stardom across both eras and screen media. Examining the ways in which individual stars’ images are constructed in relation to cultural attitudes towards race, gender and broader political contexts, the module explores the cultural significance and impact of stars. In addition, students learn how the performance styles of individual stars contribute to the creation of both character and star image. The module also promotes students’ primary research on the course, which is prompted through developmental assessment in which students are able to examine a star of their choice in relation to a particular topic.

This module aims to:

• Explore and debate issues of stardom, performance and star imagery

• Examine definitions of stardom as well as the various ways in which star images are constructed

• Locate and critically analyse star images within a cultural context

• Critically analyse the impact of star imagery and performance on film narrative and audience reception

• Develop students’ skills in original research

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Journalism Project

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

(alternative core, 30 credits)

This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of previous study and subject to supervisor approval. It offers an exciting way to make an area of expertise all your own, whilst developing both journalistic and academic communication skills.

It must be a piece of longform journalism, aimed at a specified audience, not a study of journalism. It can be in any journalistic medium.

Independent but supported learning and sustained research and writing will provide a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of transferable skills.

These must result in a high quality piece of journalism with an academically rigorous critical and research underpinning.

A synopsis and project management schedule, demonstrating a research strategy submitted at week 8, will provide a signpost for further work. A three-hour refresher session on law will prompt attention to legal constraints.

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Project (Film and Television Studies)

This module currently runs:
all year (September start)

(alternative core, 30 credits)

This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of their study at levels 4 and 5 (subject to supervisor approval).

Students are supported in the development of the project via close supervision according to staff subject specialisms. Supervisors guide students through planning of their work and overall topic, regular tutorials and feedback on draft material. Students gain personal development skills through the assessed management of their dissertation process and reflection on feedback.

The main aims of this module are:

• To enable students to initiate a specialist project of their own choosing, which draws on the knowledge, creative skills and the main concepts and theories introduced at levels 4 and 5;

• To allow students to consolidate and enhance their research skills and methodologies;

• To enable students to demonstrate in-depth skills of critical analysis through an extended piece of writing;

• To promote students’ ability to work independently with the guidance and supervision of academic staff;

• To apply and further develop transferrable skills of organisation and planning.

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Arts Journalism

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Friday morning

(option, 15 credits)

Arts Journalism investigates and teaches the specific professional techniques and practices of arts journalism – in music, film, literature, art, architecture, dance, theatre, and other areas of student interest which relate directly to employability. Throughout this 15-week module, the arts are placed in the context of the relationship between journalist practitioners (in print, radio and online) and the arts industries. It is suitable for anyone wanting to explore these areas.

Field trips and guest speakers will demonstrate in depth the connection between professional journalists and arts practitioners.

This module also surveys the cultural, historical and global business issues and conditions within which arts journalism takes place, enabling self-reflective and critical perspectives.
Students are encouraged to publish their work inside the university website and outside, building up contacts and a portfolio of pieces.

Students are assessed through a portfolio of practical and critical work, which can be across platforms, a diary of their critical reactions to arts events, and a final 1,000-word piece of arts journalism.

Class participation will be assessed through contribution to an online journal.

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Broadcast Journalism

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Thursday morning

(option, 30 credits)

Students will work in teams in the multimedia newsroom to research, write and present multi-platform journalism, specifically in video and audio formats. The module is key for journalism and fashion marketing and journalism students, providing essential skills for today’s workplaces.

Working to specified job descriptions, students will take on responsibility for the editorial and production processing and use knowledge to spot and prepare stories for forward planning diaries, with due regard to ethical and professional considerations.

Student will work to tight deadlines and adhere to professional codes and standards during editorial cycles, which will periodically be explored in four newsdays and in two newsweeks. These will develop employability and focus around industry practices, including news conferences, bulletins and multimedia links.

Students will be given the opportunity to work in specific professional genres (news, features, sport etc) or specific media (audio, video, newspaper, online). They will write, subedit and re-version copy for different platforms and purposes. They will use mobile technology and social media to enhance news values.

Students will be encouraged to develop a contacts book and to publish work in professional publications, as well as on the course website. Language, writing and presentation styles will be developed to match or improve on contemporary industry practice.

Through tutor coaching they will improve skills such as video, audio and copy editing, writing and editing copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media, including tweeting, to construct narratives appropriate to stories and platforms. News weeks will develop team working and technical proficiency.

Student development will be informed by sessions led by guest speakers from the industry and field trips to working news environments.

Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism. Engagement with class will be self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

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Campaigning Journalism

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Tuesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

This module looks at the professional skills of the journalist in politics, public affairs and society. It is both theoretical and practical, offering an introduction to the world of advocacy for anyone intrested in acquiring these skills.
Students will examine the historical and political contexts of journalism, the role of charities and special interest groups such as environmental and rights campaigners and how to cover lobbying and direct action. They will analyse the ethics of committed journalism and debate how to justify bias.
They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, humour and satire, human interest stories and running appeals.
They will produce original work for a campaign of their choice, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
Formative assessment will be an essay on how campaigning has changed events and whether such campaigning is justified
An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of campaigning journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article and a log of events and contacts.

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Documentary Filmmaking

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Monday morning

(option, 15 credits)

Students will develop professional practices working in small groups to produce a short documentary. They will be required to research, pitch and develop a documentary proposal following industry guidelines and legal frameworks. The module will give an overview of the commissioning process and will include input from industry professionals. There will be an emphasis on how to film and work with documentary subjects (or characters) in an ethical way.

Students will learn about a range of documentary modes, genres and techniques via screenings, discussion and practice. Key figures and films will be explored as well as emerging styles and formats.

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Film Reception and Interpretation

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Wednesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

This module considers issues of reception and interpretation within the field of film studies from both a historical and theoretical perspective. Using a variety of case-studies, the module explores the historical and theoretical issues that inform and structure film reception and interpretation, the interaction between text and context and the formation of film canons.

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Film and TV Industry Careers

This module currently runs:
spring semester - Tuesday morning

(option, 15 credits)

This module represents core self-development activities that have been present throughout the course: career and exhibition planning, promotion of student work, and portfolio. It provides practical guidance for students in how to position themselves and their work with reference to their career goals, and builds on student work in [L5.4] Level 5 FTV Professional Roles module on production models and personal promotional activity.

The module will include analysis of current trends and the changing media landscape, with a focus on diversity and representation across the industry, as well as encouraging engagement with local film organisations and activities.

Student research will inform the development of a career plan and the design of the portfolio of work (including show reel where relevant). Students will design the presentation of their work to prospective employers or funders in various formats including: CV, covering letter, website – format to be determined through the student’s research.

The module is also where students design the graduation show and other forms of exhibition through the year where relevant.

This module aims to
• afford students the opportunity to realise the career-potential of their accumulated skills, subject knowledge and understanding. The skills will include identifying and researching career opportunities, mapping the requirements and benefits of the career against their own skills and motivations and then learning about and producing the evidence that will enable them to exploit that opportunity.
• to increase students’ understanding of the interrelationship between their practice and the contexts of their profession in the creative economy, and ‘market’ for their skills.
• to empower: enabling the graduate to exploit capacity and potential to shape the job and their professional field so that they may both contribute to and create social benefit from their career.

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Screening America in Hollywood Film

This module currently runs:
all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

(option, 30 credits)

This module explores the ways in which Hollywood film represents American history and culture, examining notions of myth, cultural, political and social context, and the genre of the Hollywood historical film. Considering both specific historical events and broader cultural eras, the module examines both issues of historical narrative and Hollywood’s key role in both representing and challenging norms of American culture.

This module aims to:

• Examine the ways in which Hollywood film shapes our understanding of American history

• Explore American mythology articulated through Hollywood film

• Critically analyse screen representations of American historical events

• Examine our understanding of particular cultural eras represented in Hollywood film

• Explore the ways in which Hollywood film reinforces and challenges cultural norms

• Critically analyse the genre of the Hollywood historical film

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The French New Wave

This module currently runs:
autumn semester - Monday afternoon

(option, 15 credits)

This module charts the development of the French New Wave, a group of films of the late 1950s and 1960s and one of the most influential movements in film history.

The work of a new generation of directors many of whom had started as film critics, the module will consider this distinctive film style in the context of the social changes that transformed post-war French society and culture.
In tandem with the rise of cinephilia and the love of American cinema, the module will trace the passage from theory into practice. The textual properties of the films and their artistic innovations will be explored in connection with the representation of youth, modernity, the city of Paris, history and gender relations.

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Course details

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2) – if you meet UCAS points criteria but obtained a grade D/3 in English at GCSE you may be offered a University test in this area

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa (previously Tier 4) you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Your academic ability and knowledge will be assessed via written coursework, practical group work and in-class exams. You’ll also have the choice of submitting a final year dissertation or project, based on your strengths and topics you’d like to explore.

This course is perfect preparation if you want to become a journalist or critic in the film or TV industries.

The programme will also develop your transferable skills, especially for use in journalism or media fields. Our creative technologies and digital media graduates have gone on to exciting careers as content programmers, fashion copywriters, motion graphic designers, multimedia journalists and visual effects production assistants, radio presenters, studio runners and producers in companies such as D2 Interactive, TK MAXX, Motion Picture Company, Virtual Arts, Volant Media and We Are Capture.

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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 applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly 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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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