Falmouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Journalism & Creative Writing with Professional Placement

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Course summary

Become a multi-skilled, passionate and ethically-driven journalist, writer and digital creative. This Journalism & Creative Writing degree blends hands-on digital journalism practice with creative writing in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, including news, magazines, screenwriting, writing for games and children’s fiction. You’ll learn your journalism and creative writing craft from lecturers with real-world experience and develop the networking know-how to thrive in the media and creative industries. You will: Develop the craft and critical skills to make you an adaptable multimedia writer, reporter and digital creative – with a professional portfolio to prove it Learn the professional, craft and business skills to set you up for career success whether as a freelancer, employee or founder of your own company Work on live briefs from our partners, with the opportunity to meet a range of working professionals and take up work placements in media or publishing Engage in study and debates around key ethical issues such as sustainability and inclusion Have access to well-equipped studios and creative spaces to give you hands-on production skills Benefit from exposure to the complete spectrum of writing and audio-visual expertise; including active journalists, PR specialists, published authors, documentary makers, screenwriters, game writers and poets through our guest lectures and workshops


You will develop your professional and intellectual skills by exploring journalism and creative writing in a range of contexts and genres, and set your practice within the creative, ethical and legal frameworks of past and present practitioners. As you progress, you will learn how to generate fresh ideas through experimentation, write for different readers and publishing platforms, solve problems, collaborate, research both professionally and academically, and promote your work to employers and audiences. Year One: The first year introduces you to core skills and working methods you will apply throughout your studies, enabling you to express yourself in a supportive atmosphere. You will learn how and where to access key resources and practise fundamental research, critical-thinking and organisational skills. You will discuss examples of creative and journalistic writing and multimedia content, to provide a framework for your own practice and a context for experimentation. You will learn about the publishing business and explore broader issues in the media. Modules Writing: Craft and Contexts Mission launch: The Reporter's Toolkit Digital News Lab: Audiovisual Storytelling Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back The Information Age: Exploring the Media Landscape Publishing Studio: Technologizing the Word Year Two: The second year supports you to build on the learning and creative confidence established in year one, offering the chance to explore other forms of non-fiction writing and choose specialist modules to suit your evolving interests, including screen writing and games writing. Collaborative working is a key theme - you will devise and produce an original magazine with peers, engage in a multimedia newsroom project, and apply your skills to a real-world brief alongside students from other subjects. Modules Digital News Lab: Local is Global Creative Non-Fiction Making Magazines Collaboration Optional modules Games Poetry Satire & Scandal Screenwriting Fiction Magic & the Impossible Radio & Theatre Year Three: You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement, with support from the RealWORKS employability team. How you’ll study during your placement year You’ll spend time working in a professional context, as part of a business or organisation. This can be in one role, or up to three, and must be for a minimum of 24 weeks. You’ll develop in-demand workplace skills, deepen your insight into industry and grow your network of contacts, all of which could help you get ahead in your career after graduation. Throughout this year, you’ll develop a portfolio of work that includes critical self-reflection on what has been learned from the experience. You’ll be required to evidence your experiences, the skills you’ve learned and your professional growth. Year Four: The third year deepens your craft and employability skills as you progress to becoming a truly independent learner, researcher and practitioner. You will learn further research skills as a platform for a major creative or journalistic project of your own choosing. This year also equips you with the business acumen to accelerate your career, the chance to do work experience, and the challenge of taking on team and management roles in a live newsroom. You can again specialise, with options including crime writing and writing for younger audiences. Modules Digital News Lab: Going Live How to be Right: Advanced Investigation and Research The Springboard Optional Modules Mini-Documentary Dissertation and Portfolio Creative Writing Portfolio Children and Young Adult Crime and Dark Fiction We have Never Been Human Innovations The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader

Assessment method

100% of your assessment will be coursework. Giving and receiving feedback is not only vital for your own development but also to help you become an effective professional – especially in the creative industries. This can be challenging, and it is with practice in the supportive environment of the course that this will become second nature and an essential part of your own growth. The course features a variety of assessment types based on the modules chosen, which could include: Portfolio – a selection of your work Presentation – a presentation made to a lecturer, class and/or panel Report – a formal summary of a project or other activity Journal – a reflection on your practice Essay – an academic argument addressing a question or a hypothesis Practical – an example of your creative or journalistic work Case Study – an evaluation of a particular event, person, content, artefact, etc. Dissertation – an extended piece of academic writing, longform written or media project We'll push you to make the most of any outside opportunities, so you can utilise our facilities and support. You'll also gain valuable industry insights from our visiting speakers and Writers in Residence, who have previously included Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

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If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at www.falmouth.ac.uk.

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