Undergraduate study
Journalism

P501 BA/Jour (P504 BA/JourFY for Year 0 entry)

 
 
  • This course is available for January 2019 entry
 

Course overview

Our BA (Hons) Journalism degree, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), offers a well-established entry point to one of the most challenging and sought-after graduate career paths. You are taught by industry professionals with a broad range of experience – in television, radio, print and online.

Our aim is to ensure a high-quality student experience whilst meeting the needs of a rapidly transforming industry at a time of unprecedented global world.

Journalists graduating from Teesside are equipped with the necessary storytelling skills to succeed across multiple media platforms. Last year more than 80% of our final-year students received a first-class or 2.1 degree whilst student work is nationally recognised for its excellence.

Studying journalism at Teesside, you begin by learning the basics of original content creation – how to find a story, discover your individual voice, and expand your interests and knowledge. You understand how stories are reframed for digital and social media and how to set up your own website and generate revenue.

Our unique multimedia platform Tside includes a website, social media channels, print publication and a radio show. Here you produce original journalism for a wide range of audiences.

Whether your passion is sport, fashion, music or traditional news, we aim to ensure that you are industry-ready to take up your chosen career.

Benefit from TUXtra, our new integrated media publishing platform for media and journalism students at Teesside, bringing together exciting and innovative content on-air and online. Find out more at tuxtra.co.uk

Professional accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists logo This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This means that you study for your professional (pre-entry) qualifications alongside your degree, with no additional tuition charges.

The NCTJ diploma is a prestigious vocational qualification that is widely recognised and highly valued by journalism employers. Candidates are expected to enter all the NCTJ’s mandatory exams in reporting, essential public affairs, essential media law, court reporting and shorthand, and to complete the multimedia portfolio.

Research by the NCTJ in 2015 found that 96% those who passed its diploma at the ‘gold standard’ level were in work six to ten months after completion, the overwhelming majority in a journalism-related job.

 

Course details

Year 1 provides the basic tools to start producing quality journalism. You develop skills producing written, audio and video content.

In Year 2 your understanding of the work of a journalist deepens and grows as you are given more space and support to work in your chosen specialism.

In the final year you hone your entrepreneurial skills and work as part of a team on a media start-up project of you choosing.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Creative Media Production

You explore the basic technical components of the process of making video or audiovisual materials for outputs such as online publishing, documentary or drama. You are introduced to media languages and how to communicate clearly to target audiences.
The module is project based and you carry out writing, composition and editing of your own short video or online publication. You learn basic skills in risk assessment for technical equipment, filming, editing and using online resources.
Your assessment is the creation of a video in response to a brief and the submission of a written review.

Critical and Contextual Studies

You gain an historical and contextual overview of the history of art, animation, film and games. Aimed at technical, arts, games and animation students, this module equips you with an introductory level of understanding in the context of your chosen field of study.

Through a series of lectures and seminars, you engage in research and discussion based on your chosen areas of art, animation and game history. You learn how to effectively seek out appropriate academic sources on which to base and construct these discussions in seminars and in writing.

Foundation Project

You are guided through the production of a small-scale individual project, defined in part by you with guidance from your tutor. The foundation project guides you to a more autonomous working approach developing your project management skills and consolidating other skills already learnt in other modules.

You develop original ideas and concepts for the pre-production of an appropriate project in your chosen field of study. This may take the form of a game design document, modest game prototype, animation or game pre-production, concept art or another appropriate form related to the games, animation and film industries.

Storytelling

Here, you apply acquired knowledge and skills to a selected project according to an area of your individual interest or specialism. This module provides an overview of professional graphic practice and enables you to reflect on your own learning and personal career aspirations. You review work from modules through your portfolio presentation and set goals for the next stage.

Study Skills

You explore learning skills for undergraduate study at University, providing you with a range of learning material and practical sessions. You develop your professional skills including teamwork, researching a topic, report writing and delivering presentations, as well as time management and learning practice.
You learn by a combination of lectures, e-learning material and support.

You are introduced to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at Teesside University, exploring e-learning material and reading lists, and student support and learning resources.

Your assessment is a portfolio based on set tasks, including research into set problems.

Understanding Media

You explore a range of contemporary media theories and ideas in their broader historical, social, cultural, technological and economic context. You learn how these contexts can help us understand the power and influence of the media and how to begin to read the media through identifying codes and conventions.
Your assessment is a short essay that researches one area of media production.

 

Year 1 core modules

Branding and Identity

This module looks at the ideas, concepts, and practicalities of developing a professional online presence. It takes a critical look at social media and considers how best to make use of existing online communities and tools. You design and create something that represents you in an online presence, using a range of available technologies and third-party applications (web authoring, blogging systems, social media, file sharing and networking systems), to act as a PR tool in promoting your career or specific media-related activities to a specified audience.

Digital Storytelling

This module builds on the skills learnt at Stage 1 in Multimedia acquisition, editing and production and further introduces the additional skills of still image acquisition and manipulation and animation for the web. These are explored in an interconnected way to critically examine the developing field of interactive narrative, in particular the professional practice of news production within this context.

Journalism and News Culture

You examine the media through the central themes of industry, audience and text, debating ideology in news production as well as the role of the public sphere, representation and bias

Law and Regulation for Journalists

This module gives you the legal and ethical training required to practice as an effective, professional journalist. You learn about the judicial process and areas such as contempt, defamation, sexual offences, youth courts, inquests, copyright, privacy and ethics. You will also work towards your NCTJ Essential Law and Court Reporting exams.

Professional Working

Preparation for your future career begins in your first year at Teesside. You learn how to market yourself to media employers whilst participating in live newsdays alongside second and third-year students.

Reporting and Newsgathering

You are introduced to the core journalistic skills of news reporting and news gathering in the digital landscape. You focus on different styles of writing, interviewing and research and industry level production skills with some exploration of usability and design for news audiences.

You explore news values, agenda-setting and the availability and usability of digital tools and techniques such as social media and imagery You explore ways to cultivate and develop contacts, effectively utilising sources in the gathering, communication and dissemination of news in developing your own journalistic practice.

Your assessment is 100% ICA, a portfolio of journalistic writing.

 

Year 2 core modules

Audiences, Platforms and Technologies

You explore a range of technologies, platforms and techniques, existing and emerging designed to connect, build and engage audiences. You build your skills in developing and producing content for digital platforms, such as, Search Engine Optimisation, audience analytics, engagement metrics, online communities and social media.
Your assessment is 100% ICA: small scale campaign and report.

Global Journalism

You examine the way news media operates on a global scale. You explore the structures and characteristics of how journalism is defined and practiced around the world. You discuss global perspectives on key topics and issues relating to news media organisations, globalisation and news flows. You examine key theoretical issues relating to the notion of “global journalism” as a news style located within global communications infrastructure, and take a comparative look at journalism in different parts of the world. You focus on different types of representations of reality people get from media.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: essay.

Investigative Journalism

You develop investigative journalism skills in your area of specialism. You build on your newsgathering, source utilisation and production of multimedia content.

You develop a more analytical and in depth approach to journalism, building skills in research, using data, reports, identifying stories and development of original news. Your news sense and ability to generate original journalism is the central theme of this module.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: group presentation and news feature.

Journalism for the Broadcast Media

This hands-on module teaches practical programme making skills enabling you to write professional-standard scripts and voiceover commentary. With HD broadcast standard recording facilities at your disposal, you produce features, film interviews and sequences.

Media: Truth and Lies

Fake news has been around longer than we think (Orson Welles invaded America with Martians on the radio over 70 years ago). This module helps you to understand how news can skew stories across a range of topics. You get the chance to create your own journalism portfolio where you approach stories from a myriad of different angles. Is the truth out there?

Professional Practice

You develop professional practice skills in concept art, through appraisal and evaluation of industry standards, culminating in an online presence and professional identity. You are encouraged to analyse and evaluate elements of professional practice and synthesise your findings into your own practice, demonstrating employment potential and future professional development.

 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Professional Practice

Teesside University takes employability seriously and this module enables you to broach the gap between university and the workplace by preparing you for interview and job selection processes. As a third-year student you take on the role of editor for the print publication, TV news programme, and Tside radio show.

Critical Issues in Journalism

You explore the workings of a modern democracy, particularly how the structures and systems of local and central government and other public institutions impact on the practice of professional journalists. You develop your knowledge of council agendas, government sources and data and take part in a visit to a local council meeting.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: 50% journalism artefact and 50% exam.

Enterprise and Innovation

You consider, engage and analyse a range of key issues around enterprise and innovation when developing a professional digital publishing plan and pitch.

You research audiences, investigate and explore existing and emerging technologies and platforms, marketplaces, human factors, digital conventions and aesthetics. You develop your commercial awareness and business acumen; understanding existing and new digital business models, its challenges and opportunities. You develop an idea and plan for a new concept or an innovation based on an existing business.

You produce a detailed digital business plan, which presents and argues the case from a technical, audience, journalistic, content and commercial perspective.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: pitch and business plan.

Journalism Project

The journalism project is a self managed exercise of professional practice and reflective consideration. In consultation with a supervisor, you will produce a portfolio of journalistic pieces which address a form, mode or style of contemporary journalism.

You will produce this creative work as a finished double page spread demonstrating skills in layout, typography and newspaper design. You’ll also produce a critical essay, which will examine in depth a key issue of professional practice raised in the creative process.

A taught element of the programme will address key themes in professional practice including; technology, law, ethics, culture, economics and politics.

Live News Production

You experience a simulated live news environment to gain discipline and working practices associated with the industry. A key focus is on working to tight deadlines, using a model of repetition and reflection. Newsroom sessions are student led and you can develop independent learning and leadership skills. Reflection is used in debrief sessions so can you can analyse and assess your own performance and professional practice. You build on skills and knowledge from your degree and produce a range of multimedia content for a specific audience.

Your assessment is 100% ICA: evidence file and critical analysis.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

A full range of the latest digital resources, software and digital recording equipment supports the newsroom environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff.
Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective and lively discussion.

The core learning, teaching and assessment tool for practical journalism is the Tside website which enables you to produce real content for a publicly facing platform. You also create your own digital platforms supported by the University an enabling you to develop open source web development skills.

Work created as part of assessment builds a professional portfolio of content, which you are able to take out into industry and show perspective employers.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points including at least three A levels (or equivalent), or 64-80 for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) – one must be in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants are normally invited for interview. The purpose of the interview is to determine each applicant's potential to succeed and assist in the setting of appropriate entry conditions matched to their personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables candidates to see our excellent facilities, and meet staff and students. Each applicant will normally receive an individualised offer following their interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

A degree in journalism offers a well-established entry point into one of the most challenging and exciting careers. Graduates have taken up a range of roles at organisations such as BBC Tees, Sky Sports and Trinity Mirror.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year; January intake
  • UCAS code: P501 BA/Jour
    P504 BA/JourFY for Year 0 entry
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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Part-time

From Sept 2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

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Study media at Teesside University and you can use our convergent newsroom, broadcast news studio, multimedia publishing studios and computer suites.

 
 
 

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