School of Creative Studies and Media

Journalism and Media Studies BA (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: PP53
  • Bangor code: BA/JMS
  • Course length: 3 years

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Contact us

Please contact:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207
E-mail: SCSM@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/media

Course Overview

This exciting degree course is run by the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study Journalism and Media, including: television and radio journalism; print journalism; digital journalism; media practice; public relations; and the history, development and ethics of journalism. The emphasis of the course is on balancing practical and academic aspects. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the principles of journalism, as well as the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought-after professional in this field.

Journalism and Media staff in the School have a range of research interests including advertising, media law and regulation, privacy, digital journalism, broadcast journalism, professional writing, comics, visual culture, live television and media events, gaming and virtual worlds, and hypertexts, and have recently written on topics such as film and video, multimedia, global media systems, virtual landscapes, social networks, interactive television, media and representation, cult TV, computer games and documentary.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of academic and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry.
  • Many members of staff in the School are practising professionals and consultants.
  • The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment available to students.
  • Bangor is the site for a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events. It is a regular site for visiting creative writers, film-makers, journalists, designers, dramatists, new media makers and more, and encourages students to engage widely with their creative interests beyond the realms of the formal coursework.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
  • Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

Journalism and Media Studies at Bangor offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Practical Journalism modules concentrate on developing the student's ability to produce journalistic pieces for print, television, radio and the web. Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Other modules are assessed by exam and assignment and frequently also offer the opportunity to submit practical work as an element of assessment. As you progress through the degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups with an emphasis on learning both group work skills and the ability to carry a piece of work through yourself from initial concept to completion.

What will I study?

Modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Creative Practice
  • Media Culture
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Digital Communication

Year 2

  • Media Practice: Factual
  • Cultural Economy of the Media
  • History and Development of Journalism
  • The Global News Agenda
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Understanding Documentary
  • Practical Journalism: ELD
  • Games and Virtual Environments

Year 3

  • Digital Journalism
  • Practical Digital Journalism
  • Final Year Group Project
  • Advanced Games
  • Developing Scripted Media
  • Institutional Case Study
  • Dissertation

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change annually. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Journalism and Media Studies Modules page.

Careers & Employability

The practical elements of this degree equip the students with a thorough understanding of the principles which inform journalistic practice. A number of our graduates have gone on to work in the newspaper industry, and on television and radio, both in front of the camera and as part of the production team. Several graduates each year go on to develop their work further with us through a period of postgraduate study, where once again the School uniquely offers a combination of critical and creative approaches to the study of media and media practice.

Employability and the School of Creative Industries

Courses run by the School of Creative Industries offer a number of career paths for you to choose from once you graduate. They emphasise the importance of creative exploration, and actual university-level critical understanding. These things - the ability to be creatively adaptable, consider the tools at hand and apply creative thinking, the importance of innovation and a combination of practical and critical knowledge - make Creative Industries graduates ideal employees or, indeed, creative entrepreneurs in their own businesses.

Creative Industries courses have seen graduates involved in both academe and in industry, including work in:

  • Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Publishing;
  • Performance and the Theatre, both on and behind the stage;
  • Print and/or Broadcast Journalism;
  • Actors, presenters and in television programme production;
  • Advertising and the Marketing industries;
  • Radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production;
  • Podcasting, Web and New Media production;
  • Multi-media industries.

A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.

Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and/or public relations.

Work Experience and Volunteering

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Find out more about how the BEA can help you...

Entry requirements for this course

  • 240-260 points, no specific subjects required.
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications and Access students.

General entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com/candq/tariff/index.html

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

  • International Baccalaureate:
    You will usually need to have been awarded the full diploma and offers may vary according to the course you are applying for.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate:
    We accept a Pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Advanced Diploma that is equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points.
  • Access courses and mature entry:
    We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students.

International Students

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for application information. If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Office on 01248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

IELTS Courses and Accreditation

Bangor University also has an IELTS Test Centre and we can help you put together a package of study in which you can:

We can also help you arrange further English Language development programmes in parallel with your academic courses of studies.

More information

  • E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk
  • Or write to:
    Admissions Office
    Bangor University
    Gwynedd
    LL57 2DG
  • Tel: 01248 382017

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

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Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You can keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student please see our International Student pages for further information on applications.

Confused about how to apply?

If you’re not quite sure how to proceed and would like to find out a little more then perhaps our Going to University site will help.

Studying within the School of Creative Industries

Research and practice

  • Our courses combine elements of research and practice.
  • You have the opportunity to create and produce in all media fields under the supervision of staff that have many years of experience working in the media.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. BBC Wales’ television and radio centre is literally next-door, and there are many independent producers nearby.
  • Students will be able to take advantage of the new Pontio centre, which includes a theatre, a cinema, a design and innovation centre, and spacious lecture rooms.
  • Our students play a prominent role in many creative projects, such as Student Cut Films, two student newspapers – Seren and Llef – and a radio station, Storm FM.

Excellent Facilities

  • We have a dedicated Media Centre with a multi-camera Television Studio and large Production gallery.
  • We also have a professionally equipped Radio studio with the latest digital equipment.
  • The Centre has Avid, Matrox and analogue editing suites, and digital sound editing suites.
  • We have a large performance space, computer lighting system and digital sound for rehearsal and performance work.
  • We have a digital cinema with first-rate projection equipment and Dolby Surround Sound.

The School

  • Our staff have many years of experience working in the media
  • We're a close-knit department and give individual attention to our students to help their development.

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea -has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new halls of residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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