School of Creative Studies and Media

Journalism and Media Studies BA (Hons)

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Course facts

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

Entry requirements

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

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.

Career Prospects

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.

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 our students are currently studying...

* Please note that due to the dynamic nature of our degree programmes specific topics of study/modules are occasionally subject to change.

  • 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.

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

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