University Academy 92 (UA92)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Journalism

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Course summary

BA (Hons) Journalism is an exciting and engaging programme of study which will allow you to work with your peers and professional journalists to create engaging journalism content on a variety of topics. Are you interested in sports journalism, news, or lifestyle content? This course will help you explore what it means to be a journalist today and why high journalistic standards are more important than ever. In a world where a smartphone is all you need to break a story, what sets the good and the great apart? How do you start? How do you get professional experience? You will learn the skills and attributes you need to succeed in this rapidly changing sector and investigate the societal impact this crucial industry has on us all. There are big questions to open up and answer: How does an event become news? How do you reconcile the right to privacy with the importance of the freedom of the press? Where does the truth lie in a world of fake news and citizen journalism? This is a course for the bold, the brave and the curious: sharp, passionate, questioning minds who’ll shape our perspectives tomorrow. Your UA92 degree goes far beyond the traditional academic experience. UA92 provides you with more than just a degree, we aim to prepare you for life. Through the course you will study a series of subject modules but will also undertake our credit bearing character and personal development curriculum modules, based on an industry set brief, which will help you to situate your subject knowledge and personal skills in industry. Our ambition is to take you on a personal development journey. It’s about discovering just how much you’re capable of and graduating a better version of you. From leadership to resilience and effective team working, it’s all covered by our Character and Personal Development curriculum.

Course details

Modules

Our industry-led approach means our leading partner organisations are integral to the UA92 experience; co-developing course curriculums and providing unique experiences for our students. Each academic year is split into 6 blocks, of which you will study for 4. In each block you will study just 1 subject module, allowing you to focus your learning. You’ll study topics in-depth, often working in small groups with academic experts and advanced practitioners. The subject modules for this course are: Year 1 (Level 4) Media, Technology and Culture You’ll reflect on your own everyday media usage, explore how rapid changes in information and communication technologies shape other social, economic and cultural transformations and consider issues of media production, dissemination and reception. Communication Techniques and Creating Content You’ll explore a range of different approaches to media products, produce a magazine, podcast or documentary; working together in a group to present your work. Media Production You’ll develop your practical media skills; working individually and collectively using different digital tools (including cameras, audio equipment, editing software), and learn to display your work online in a professional context. Introduction to Journalism You’ll explore the key principles of journalism and get to grips with the ethical standards and professional codes to which journalists must adhere. You’ll gain an understanding of what journalists do and learn mobile digital tools to help your digital storytelling. Year 2 (Level 5) Journalism Practice You’ll look at case studies of different journalistic roles; developing a personal career plan and identifying the key skills and experience required. You’ll engage in practical journalism to showcase your skills and present your work in a professional context. Media Narratives You’ll explore how to communicate stories in an online non-linear environment, examine digital narratives and learn how to create stories using different narrative structures and understand how digital technologies, immersive media and interactivity, have reconfigured media experiences and the news. Audio and Video Production You’ll further develop your video and audio production skills; working in a small group to create sophisticated media artifacts. News journalism You’ll explore how ‘news’ is identified, gathered, researched, authenticated, recorded, and presented. You’ll produce engaging news reporting on a variety of topics and develop your journalism skills and understanding of a ‘newsroom’ environment. Year 3 (Level 6) Project You will complete a project, on a relevant subject area that demonstrates your research, problem-solving and practical skills. Media Law and Ethics You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the legal, ethical and regulatory constraints that exist within the media industries. Focusing on a UK context, you’ll explore some of the key tensions that determine the media coverage of events and get to grips with relevant laws, regulations and professional codes of conduct. Advanced Journalism You’ll further refine your reporting, editorial and presentation skills by undertaking an advanced journalistic project. You’ll advance your interviewing and writing techniques and explore feature writing and longform journalistic storytelling. Data Journalism You’ll explore the increasingly important role numerical data plays in contemporary journalism, increase your data awareness, design skills and knowledge of data journalism and consider how data can be used and visually understood by your audience.

Assessment method

No traditional end-of-year exams You are assessed within each subject module – so you learn it, then you prove it. Assessment methods include individual and group work which is undertaken in a range of formats related to your subject. This may include writing an essay or producing a report, presenting findings or creating audio/visual projects. Practical assessment is favoured where possible, for example, Media and Communication students producing a Podcast, or Sports Coaching students running a coaching session. You’ll have the opportunity to learn, develop and demonstrate a wide range of practical and applied skills and competencies.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language is not English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven't completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a Tier 4 student visa, you are required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also require GCSE at grade C/4, including Maths and English. We will operate a flexible admission policy and treat all students individually. We will look at your application as a whole, and give careful consideration to your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable), as well as your personal statement and work experience.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9000 Year 1
EU £14045 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Journalism at University Academy 92 (UA92) - UCAS