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Wolverhampton School of Art

Multimedia Journalism

BA (Hons) Full-time 1 year, Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for working in the digital multi-platform environment of 21st century newsrooms.

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for working in the digital multi-platform environment of 21st century newsrooms.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P501
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Colaiste Dhulaigh College, Dublin, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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Why choose this course?

90% in work or doing further study six months after finishing

Source: Discover Uni

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for working in the digital multi-platform environment of 21st century newsrooms.

The content of the degree has been designed taking into account the main factors that steer the practice of journalism globally such as convergence, digital copyright and the use of public data to craft stories. Taught by academics and professional journalists, you will learn about the latest developments in multimedia journalism and gain a range of practical skills encompassing the traditional forms of content production, such as radio, video/TV and photography, and a more complex and innovative set of technologies needed to successfully develop and manage digital content on different journalistic platforms.

This course is designed to address the needs of UK employers and takes into account the on-going international transition of the sector into a fully web-based business model or web-based mode of delivery. You will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills and by the end of the course you will have your own portfolio, which is of immense value in graduate employment. In addition, the course offers a suitable and balanced diet of practical and theoretical optional modules, allowing you to deepen your interests, whether in sports, investigative journalism, mobile and data journalism, politics, celebrity, film or business. If you want to start building your portfolio and to specialise in your preferred area, then this is the course for you!

TV Studio, Media Facilities, Wolverhampton School of Art, University of Wolverhampton

Dedicated Journalism TV Studio

What are the top reasons to study this course?

  • A unique programme in the West Midlands and Wales. Only 8 universities in the country offer similar courses. None of them are located in the West Midlands or Wales.
  • Focus on employability – students’ success is at the core of our programme. Practical work is project-based with students being the journalists, producing radio and television news bulletins and digital packages to industry standards and deadlines.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge and transferable skills that provide the essential first step to a satisfying career, whether in broadcast media journalism or another industry.
  • Excellent work placements and links to industry and fully-equipped media facilities: radio and television studios, newsroom and editing suites.
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience using high-end media equipment and develop skills in digital production, writing, interviewing and editing.
  • Highly experienced staff – dedicated to providing a personal learning experience for every student.
  • Lovely campus and exciting student life.

As this is a brand new course for 2017/18 the UNI Stats data is not accurate since there are no previous students to report statistics on. Please feel free to contact us for more details arts@wlv.ac.uk

What happens on the course?

Throughout the three levels of the degree you will:

  • be introduced to a full range of modern media and adopt real-world working strategies.
  • produce ground breaking audio, video, web and social media content.
  • report (live and as-live) for multimedia platforms (audio, video, texts, photographs and other media products).  
  • build your professional portfolio and learn how to brand yourself online.
  • benefit from work placements – that will enable you to enter the job market with relevant, up-to-date knowledge and expertise. 

 

You will also benefit from a wide range of academic activities that will help you make the most of your experience at the university, such as:

  • Lectures and workshops
  • Newsdays
  • Practical sessions (working to deadlines)
  • Group and one-to-one tutorials
  • Work Placements
  • Independent study (reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations and writing your assignments)
  • Industry visits
  • Networking opportunities

Modules and Assessment

  • Here are some of the modules that you will be taking:
  • News Writing
  • Radio Production
  • Public Affairs
  • Television News Production
  • Multimedia News Production
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Photojournalism
  • Work Placements
  • Multi-platform Newsroom
Assessment:
  • Portfolios and e-portfolios
  • Research reports/essays – individual work.
  • Group work and presentations.
  • As-live/Live reporting for multimedia platforms (audio, video, texts, photographs and other media products).  

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We have a lovely campus here at Wolverhampton, with great facilities: two fully- equipped television and radio studios, newsroom, HD cameras, editing suites, and a dedicated enthusiastic team ready to help you at anytime. This course is designed to meet current industry standards for broadcast and print journalism, where the use of multimedia news packages is essential for delivering news to broad audiences. Our course offers placements, career advice and other networking opportunities for all of our students and considers the development of innovative and entrepreneurial skills to allow students to engage in local, national and international media, working in partnerships or as freelancers, and connecting them with employers and professional bodies.

You can showcase your work and start building your own audience by contributing to our students online news channel, check out the latest student work and follow us on Twitter: @weare_BCN.

Students from all years of the course can contribute to the news channel; we encourage you to work in teams to cover Radio, TV and Online media creation. It is a great opportunity for you to act like journalists in a controlled and safe environment.

Comment from our External Examiner:

"Each year the samples material I have read contained wonderful work from exciting modules with an impressive range of academic and practical assessment tasks. I appreciate that a great deal of work goes into how to achieve the best results from students. The internal markers applied impressive standards in grading, providing high-quality feedback and should be congratulated on the quality of the Course content."

Further Information

Bianca Fox is a Senior Lecturer in TV, Broadcasting and Journalism at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Before this, she held a Lecturer position at the University of Huddersfield. She is a former freelance journalist and holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies. Bianca has an outstanding international scientific background, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Westminster in 2011 and at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2015, and has published in international journals from the UK, Italy, Germany and the USA. She founded the Research Centre CCMRC.eu, is an active member of important international scientific associations, including IAMCR, ECREA, MeCCSA, and an active editorial board member of Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication, Interpersona, and International Journal of Communication and Health. Broadly, and her research interests lie in multi-platform journalism, digital culture, and media sociology.

Qualifications: PhD in Media and Communication Studies; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education; MA in Media and Communication Studies; Bachelor of Arts (English Literature); LLB (Bachelor of Laws).

Maria Urbina’s professional experience has focused on online media, corporate communications and international journalism. She has worked as online editor as well as PR manager in different Chilean media outlets and institutions. Her professional activity includes developing media content for multimedia platforms as well as implementing media strategies for corporate communications. As a foreign correspondent, Maria has covered political and economic affairs in Europe and Central America for Spanish speaking newspapers and magazines, such as the economic magazine America Economia and La Segunda. She was awarded the Prize for Economic Journalism by the CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and Instituto de la Empresa in 2014. Maria’s joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2015 as Senior Lecturer where she teaches journalism related modules. Her teaching experience includes positions at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Sheffield. Maria's academic interests are political culture, media, and multimedia journalism in the global south.

Qualifications: PhD in Politics; MBA; PGDip in Marking and Management; BA in Media Studies and Journalism; BA in History.

Manuel Hernandez - A former Reuters correspondent, Manuel has worked for numerous global media outlets, such as CNN and other multinational corporations. He has focused his work on two main areas: generation of news content for specialised audiences (financial, business and political affairs) and planning and implementing corporate communications, PR and marketing plans. Manuel is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. Originally from South America, where he also worked for Brahma and Unilever in marketing and public relations, he has been teaching media-related modules at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004. He has a particular interest in Data Journalism, CSR and NPOs.

Qualifications: M.Dip in Media Management; Msc in Public Relations; PGCE in Higher Education; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Licentiate in Media Studies and Journalism.

Media practitioners - Guest lecturers from the industry include practitioners from ITV, 5Live, Wolverhampton Express & Star, Big Centre TV, etc.

Throughout this course, you will gain a range of practical skills encompassing the traditional forms of content production such as radio, television and photography and a more complex and innovative set of technologies needed to successfully develop and manage internet based journalistic platforms. These practical skills will allow you to develop, manage and present projects suitable to be published or broadcast in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and online. The course will also provide you with transferable entrepreneurial and management skills; you will learn how to manage your professional conduct and plan your career development in relation to the duties and responsibilities of a multimedia journalist, exercise personal responsibility, decision-making and team leadership, operate successfully in a team context in a multi-platform newsroom, working in flexible, creative ways, both independently and in teams, showing self-discipline, self-direction, communication skills, critical thinking and a reflective and problem-solving capacity.

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or Creative Media Production & Technology - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an interview.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

 

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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