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Multimedia Journalism BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    P500

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time (with Foundation)
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


You begin Multimedia Journalism by learning the core skills and knowledge you need to work as a journalist. You rapidly move on to producing your own news, honing your writing and editing skills whilst deepening your knowledge of the law, ethics and professional practice of journalism today.

Each year, you develop your skills further across a range of platforms and in your final year, you will be producing major pieces of both journalistic and academic work with which to launch you into your career.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 20/11/2020

Highlights


    • Newsroom, television and radio studios with all the software you need
    • Volunteer on our own community radio station, NLive. You can present your own show, read the news or produce behind the scenes
    • Programme accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
    • Learn from former and practising journalists
    • Develop a portfolio of published work to show employers
    • Complete a minimum of 15 days on placement
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Course Content


  • You often learn best when you are doing – and on University of Northampton’s Multimedia Journalism course you will have plenty to keep you busy.

    Year 1
    • News skills: the practical skills you need to produce online radio and television news, learning in our newsroom and in our radio and television studios.
    • Newswriting: this is such an important skill. You learn how to write stories for different platforms clearly and concisely
    • History and ethics of journalism: you need to understand how the industry has developed and you look at the key controversies
    • Law and public affairs: nobody wants to be sued. You learn how to produce legally safe articles. And you learn how to learn power to account.
    Year 2

    You develop your broadcast skills and learn both digital and design skills, making your own websites and magazines.

    You deepen your knowledge of law and media regulation and examine media theory.

    The highlight of Year 2 is your 15 newsdays where you go out, find the news and produce your own news programmes and content.

    Fully equipped newsroom, industry standard radio and television studios

    Year 3

    In your final year, you produce a major practical project, typically a television or radio documentary or a magazine. Past students have won awards for their projects which helped them secure jobs.

    You round off your legal training, examine media across the world, examine future trends in journalism and complete a dissertation and get yourself ready for the world of work in a special launchpad module.

    During your studies, you will also complete at least 15 days of work placement.

    You are assessed through a mixture of practical work, essays and examinations with a dissertation in your final year.

    Study trips*

    We also look out for great extracurricular opportunities. In 2019-2020 students went to Berlin to report the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can see them in action here:

    Real life reporting

    On election night they broadcast through the night, reporting the results from 10pm to 6am in the morning. You can see them in action here:

    We look forward to seeing what we can do with you.

    (*All trips subject to national and local Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. See our situation updates page for more on the University’s response to Covid-19)

      • Module code: JOU1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a range of skills connected to researching writing and producing news stories. It aims to allow students to develop technical and editorial expertise across print radio television and online journalism through guided instruction and completing a portfolio of practical assignments.
      • Module code: JOU1015
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to non-fiction storytelling developing their skills and building confidence in writing across a variety of styles including news comment and features.
      • Module code: JOU1016
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces learners to specialist non-fiction storytelling developing skills and building confidence in writing across a variety of styles with particular focus on specialisms including arts music features sport health fashion and business.
      • Module code: JOU1017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will introduce students to the judicial system in the context of how journalists carry out their work. Students will engage with the day-to-day life of courtrooms and similar legal envionments while also studying the general principles behind important legislation such as contempt of court defamation and copyright.
      • Module code: JOU1018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop reporting and editing skills in the context of studying governmental functions/operations from a media standpoint. Students will engage with the day-to-day life of council and civic operations while also studying the general principles behind democracy in the UK.
      • Module code: JOU1019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to equip students with an understanding of the origins context and development of journalism. Through an understanding of the development of the free press and its role in ensuring accountaility in the democratic process students will be able to examine issues that affect media.
      • Module code: JOU1020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide context for the contemporary study and practice of journalism. By developing an understanding of on-going debates about the economic and political role played by journalists and news organisations in modern societies the students will gain a theoretical framework for their journalism practice.
      • Module code: JOU2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is for students to develop their professional journalistic skills in research newsgathering reporting and production. This module will be delivered in a form that includes 'News Days' when students will report on the news in a near-professional work environment with a specific deadline.
      • Module code: JOU2017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces the main research areas for the academic practice of journalism and explores research skills and media theory writing a dissertation proposal structure and referencing. Building on the skills gained at level 4 students will research contemporary journalism practice using primary and secondary sources.
      • Module code: JOU2018
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop students? skills in hands-on page design layout sub-editing and proofreading as well as associated content management. Students will be using industry-standard graphic design and publishing software to produce their own individual magazine or newspaper project.
      • Module code: JOU2019
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop awareness of digital toolsets and critical thinking on development of content on digital platforms. Students will enhance their analytical and teambuilding skills by devising and delivering a digital service to a defined target market.
      • Module code: JOU2020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to analyse the legal and regulatory framework under which a journalist operates and learn to apply it in content creation scenarios. Students will apply their knowledge through exercises in multiplatform court reporting and enhance their knowledge of regulation which governs published and broadcast material.
      • Module code: JOU2021
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces students to forms of specialist journalism including but not limited to investigative journalism entertainment journalism and fashion journalism. Students will engage with the different forms of specialist journalism and through practical application deliver their own original journalism in an appropriate multimedia format.
      • Module code: JOU3001
        Status: Compulsory
        This module will add to students' legal knowledge and relate that study to an examination of how the media is regulated in the UK and globally. This will include the rights of journalists protection of journalists and the role played by trade unions and campaigning organisations.
      • Module code: JOU3002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to facilitate independent creative and critical work in a specified area of journalistic production. It requires students to initiate discuss and negotiate a body of work for the year and then to take responsibility for the successful completion of that work to deadline.
      • Module code: JOU3003
        Status: Compulsory
        This module prompts students to consider a specific role or function within journalism and to investigate how this might become a future career path. Teaching and learning requires students to research and critically reflect on the structure of the sector and their personal intentions and professional development.
      • Module code: JOU3019
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is the principal module for Multimedia Journalism students. The focus is on establishing and managing a local journalism newsroom with outputs on digital radio and television. Students will submit a portfolio providing evidence of their journalistic contributions during the period of the project.
      • Module code: JOU3020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examine the development of future trends in journalism. Journalism has undergone several waves of significant change such as the emergence of digital journalism social media and data journalism this module aims to critically examine those changes and critique emerging future trends.
      • Module code: JOU4001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to develop at length a particular disciplinary interest. This may derive either from study in the first two years of the degree or from reading and/or practice activities on their own initiative.
  • Our Multimedia Journalism programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

  • How will I be taught on Multimedia Journalism BA (Hons)?

    For this course your taught study will be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, both face to face and online through blended learning.

    Will I have the opportunity to go on study trips?

    Yes, we look out for great extracurricular opportunities. In 2019-2020 students went to Berlin to report the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can see them in action here:

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    The course has its own:

    • dedicated room for the creation of print, audio and video artefacts
    • dedicated newsroom
    • digitally equipped radio and television studios.
    • professional voice training
    • master classes with industry practitioners
  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants also need an A-Level or equivalent in English or a humanities subject. You will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

    We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications who have an active interest in the study and practice of journalism.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Additional costs

    • printing costs: £50+ per year
    • external hard drive to store material: £50
    • travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

    Optional
    Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. This will give you access to creative tools at home and costs £15 per month.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    • printing costs: £50+ per year
    • external hard drive to store material: £50
    • travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

    Optional
    Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. This will give you access to creative tools at home and costs £15 per month.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800

  • We are immensely proud of our award-winning students. One third of our students who graduated in July 2019 either won or were highly commended in national or regional awards.

    Kirk Asiedu won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council’s award for the best radio documentary and their overall award for journalism excellence for his practical project on dementia care in the UK and Ghana. Kirk now has a flourishing career in broadcast journalism.

     

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Careers and Employability


This course will open up a range of career opportunities, in journalism, public relations and the wider media industry. Typical starter jobs include reporters, broadcast assistants, video content managers and producers

Graduates from Multimedia Journalism have gone on to work for the BBC, BT Sport, LBC, Sky News and into public relations or have gone on to postgraduate study.

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