University for the creative arts music journalism

University for the creative arts music journalism

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Music Journalism

Music Journalism at our Epsom campus is designed to transform music lovers into confident media professionals. With its emphasis on multi-platform content creation, the course encourages students to identify innovative ways of sourcing, creating and publishing material across print, online, video and radio.

As a budding music journalist, you’ll learn how to write engaging copy – features, news, reviews, blog posts, and investigative pieces – and articulate them on the relevant platform as well as disseminating them on social media.

Our Journalism courses have leapt an impressive 10 places in The Guardian’s 2017 university league table.

Course overview:

This course has strong links with music and media experts, and Epsom’s close proximity to London means that the UK’s largest media companies will be on your doorstep, helping you to develop an invaluable network of industry contacts.

With access to dedicated studio space, you’ll be guided through how to use industry- standard software, such as Adobe’s Creative Suite, as well as how to put journalistic theory into practice. You’ll also benefit from working in a campus community of fellow creatives from the fields of music promotion, media, film, design and fashion.

Taught by an experienced team of professional journalists and visiting lecturers, our graduates have gone on to forge exciting careers in print, online, TV and radio, including at NME, Kerrang, Vice, Clash, Polydor, Radio 1,, Virgin Records, Uncut Magazine and Absolute Radio.

University for the creative arts music journalism

Entry requirements – 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades –  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.