Falmouth University Journalism

By | 2nd June 2017

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Falmouth University Journalism

Grow your knowledge and skills to join the next generation of journalists. You’ll join an industry of multimedia storytellers skilled in producing impactful text, audio, video and photography for every delivery platform, to demanding deadlines.

Falmouth has been famous for producing top-flight journalists for almost 40 years. Our curriculum is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) – a rare triple kitemark that could give you a real competitive edge when seeking your first industry role. Through this course, you’ll explore everything from the fundamentals of journalism to meeting industry standards. You’ll finish with a flourish, specialising in your personal passions and working in real live multimedia enterprises – both on- and off-campus.

How the course is taught

A distinguishing feature of this degree is the abundance of practical workshops, alongside news days, lectures, seminars, group and 1:1 tutorials. You’ll be on campus for a minimum of 12 hours a week during term time, supplemented with at least 24 hours of self-directed study and journalistic assignments each week.

What you’ll do

Year 1

The first year is foundational. You will be eased into what is recognised as a challenging transition to trainee journalist. A distinguishing feature of this degree is that it isn’t only lectures and seminars: There is also an abundance of practical workshops. You learn by doing, and critically reflecting, on what you do.

All the fundamentals of journalism are addressed from the outset, from the language of news and opinion writing to politics and media law. You’ll acquire a multimedia toolkit and learn shorthand, a skill that remains relevant and useful in the digital age. You’ll also visit a working newsroom here in Cornwall.

  • News Reporting
  • Multimedia Methods
  • Journalism & Communications in Context
  • Blogging & The Personal Voice
  • Politics & Law for Journalists
  • Journalism & Communications Ethics

Year 2

The second year is transformative, and testing. This is when the NCTJ puts you through your paces, challenging you to apply the skills and knowledge most important in a deadline-driven industry: Reporting, law, public affairs and shorthand. You will also have a lot of creative fun by focusing on features and other long-form writing plus the production of multimedia magazines.

  • News Reporting
  • Magazine Content & Creation
  • Features & Long Form
  • Applied Media Law & Public Affairs
  • Advanced Multimedia Methods
  • Journalism & Communications Research

Year 3

We finish with a flourish at Falmouth, enabling you to experience what it is like to work in a real multimedia enterprise, both on campus and with leading media corporations around the world.

You undertake industry placements and must pitch for freelance commissions to both in-house and external commissioning editors. Also, you get a chance to specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. You also produce a dissertation, which is not just the culmination of your academic learning but another excellent chance to network with potential employers in the news media and related communications fields.

  • Multimedia Enterprise
  • Dissertation
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Literature & Journalism
  • Specialist Correspondent (Students pick two specialisms from: Culture; Crime & Courts; Foreign; Fashion; Science & Technology; Environment; Heath & Social care)

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. We will also consider equivalent level qualifications from around the world or current, relevant experience.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator

Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page

English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page

Enquiries
Our Admissions team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.

+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply