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Undergraduate study
Media & Communications

Journalism (Music and Events)*
BA (Hons)

P530 BA/JME (P534 BA/JMEFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

This course offers a distinct focus and encourages a consistent portfolio of work that is ready to serve a specific industry ensuring you are better placed for future employment. Journalism is changing into a global and digital environment, the skills developed as part of this course will enable you to cover and digitise events by enabling you to learn the digital literacy needed.

Music and events-based journalism has long been a mainstay of the industry and has weathered considerable change as appetites have evolved for media consumption. From Rolling Stone to Billboard, music journalism has had an evergreen relationship with its audience, and journalism in the field has remained as strong and vibrant as the subjects it covers. This course takes advantage of traditional and emerging approaches to the industry and utilise the University’s excellent facilities to offer a completely new approach to the field. Building on our excellent journalism and music technology courses, the BA (Hons) Journalism (Music and Events) draws upon skills and knowledge in digital media creation and delivery, to shape a unique and exciting course for you.

Our talented media students have received prizes at the University’s annual Journalism Awards.
The event, which was hosted by Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, took place at the Students’ Union in May 2019 as part of ExpoTees.
Journalism students received awards based on exceptional work produced during the past academic year.
Read the full story here

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Course details

Year 1
You gain a sound foundational knowledge of the music and events industry, gain skills in digital media capture and fundamental newsgathering skills. Most modules are practice-based and project-focussed, making it a hands-on first semester. The second semester develops the contextual and practical knowledge gained but develops this into the context of industry. You begin to understand audiences within context of transmedia, reception, law and the music and events industry. The practical skills are developed through online platforms where you can apply the skills gained in semester one.

Year 2
You work across three different platforms in the first semester: online digital, broadcast and live platforms. You get the opportunity to focus your research on your chosen artists and also begin to develop high level skills in content creation, building on skills developed in the first year. The understanding of audience reception and engagement is further developed through online and live contexts where you focus your assessed activities. In the second semester these activities are consolidated in a professional focus on their practice in terms of your professional development and career, whether this be in industry or further study.

Final year
You build upon the professional reflection established at level 5 and bring this together with a research focus for their final project. Advanced level production skills are developed within professional environments and research informed teaching supports the preparation for their final project. In the final semester you are fully prepared for the world of work via mock interviews, CV preparation, industry speakers and opportunities to enter their work for awards. Your final project serves as a platform for the work you wish to secure in industry and advertises your skills potential employers.

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.

Digital Platforms

You examine the impact of social media on cultural perceptions, cultural values and also the reliability of knowledge and information online. You are introduced to a range of digital literacy skills, digital research methods and digital platforms. You explore a variety of digital media and think about your own presence and impact in the online world. How are you perceived by others in this space? How might you (including the information you provide) be valued by others, including future employers, collaborators and commercial agents?

Final Project

This module aims to guide you through the production of a small-scale individual project defined in part by you, with guidance from the tutor. The final project aims to develop an individual working approach and good project management. You will develop original ideas and concepts for an appropriate project in your chosen field of study. These may take the form of a short story, artefact, report, campaign, comic, concept art or other appropriate form related to the arts and media industries.


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.

Context and Events

There are two themes in this module. The first is to develop your verbal and written communication skills through investigations into the relationship between music, technology and popular culture. The end result is a written essay and an individual presentation to your peers. The second theme is production, or part production of a group project or event, where you develop personal and teamwork skills and explore issues relating to creating cultural events. You consider and find solutions to the practical issues of teamwork.

Weekly facilitated meetings provide the framework for the main themes. Tutorials explore issues and examine real-world problems. Lectures introduce contextual concepts and relationships between music and technology. Tutorials develop your academic writing and presentation skills. Facilitated group workshops develop group-working practices and events management techniques as you work together to formulate the details of a public event and its practical implementation. Context assessment is by individual presentation and essay. Events assessment is by a blog portfolio documenting group work.

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.

Industry Regulation

There are many legal risks when publishing and producing content. This module provides you with the essential grounding to produce legally and ethically sound content across multiple platforms. It develops your understanding of the way in which games, music and events are regulated by law with consideration of areas such as copyright, plagiarism, defamation and fair dealing. Health and safety legislation governing live events is also covered.

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.

The Music Industry

You develop knowledge and understanding of the music industry. The module provides an overview of the business of music and considers the structural and operational nature of key institutions and organisations. It also introduces technological and cultural developments that impact the music industry.


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.

Events Promotion and Festivals

Media reporting of music events, both in-venue and on location, are part of the role of a journalist, while staging and promoting an event for coverage by the media is an integral part of the music industry. This module intends to bring both of these skill sets together and give you the chance to be actively be involved in the preparation, research, promotion, staging, evaluation and reporting of a music event. You will work in small groups with outside agencies and individuals.

Feature Writing

Why not learn how to write for a lifestyle publication or a travel magazine? This module is designed to further develop and embed the skills associated with journalistic feature writing. You will build on interviewing and research skills to produce a portfolio of work. The portfolio will include news, lifestyle and profile feature pieces which will address a form, mode or style of contemporary journalism. You will also produce a critical essay which will examine key issues of professional practice raised in the creation of your articles.

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.

Music Research

You undertake music journalistic research into a topic of your choice. The topic is to be negotiated and agreed with the module tutor. Initial activities focus on you devising and planning a suitable research study.

Professional Development

You develop your journalism by building a professional portfolio of work, materials and competencies aimed at gaining employment. You work on news days and critically analyse your experience relating to personal and professional development of industry-standard practice. You articulate your understanding of your professional development and the employability skills needed for the wider media jobs market.


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.

Celebrity and Promotional Culture

From Kim Kardashian to Apple and Virgin you explore the concept of celebrity and brands. You critically evaluate and assess the power of celebrity and brand in today’s society. Looking at how celebrity culture influences how we present ourselves, our buying habits and behaviours. Understanding the psychology behind how brands, advertising and marketing works. You also look at reputational management and what as a PR practitioner you can to do in a crisis and look at the ‘Golden Hour’ in the digital age and the factors controlling facts and rumour.
Your assessment is 100% ICA: essay.

Journalism Project

This project is the self-managed manifestation of all previous professional practice and reflective consideration. You work in small groups to produce a creative response to a negotiated brief.

In reflecting the current state of global journalism, the package should include a professional multimedia website managed and maintained for a discerning music and events audience. It should demonstrate the your skills in digesting research and synthesising a clear voice through demonstrated proficiency in journalism (specifically in your pathway choice, for example games, or music and events).

It is expected this site or collection of social media platforms will demonstrate skills in audio, video, layout, typography, web design and associated technologies for desktop and mobile platforms. In addition, you produce a critical essay, investigating a key issue in depth, in negotiation and agreement with the tutor.

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.

Project Development

This module prepares you for your final project module. You consider and engage with a number of key project development issues in producing a professional project proposal. You research audience, technology, market, human factors, specialist online publishing, digital conventions and aesthetics. Based on this, you devise a development strategy for a new project development plan. You produce a detailed new project plan which effectively presents and argues the case from a technical, journalistic and commercial perspective. The delivery will be based on a lecture programme and a self-initiated research programme around a topic of your choice, with the agreement of the module leader.


Modules offered may vary.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points including at least two A levels (or equivalent), or 64-80 for entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year). All applicants are invited to attend an interview.

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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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Career opportunities

Throughout your course we offer a wide range of business networking opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of the industry and show case your skills, enhancing your opportunity of securing your dream job. We host events such as:-

  • ExpoTees our end of course showcase of graduate work which attracts over 150 business who are looking for the emerging talent in the digital fields.
  • ExpoTential and ExpoTalent are student showcase events taking place in the first and second year of your course aimed at preparing you for the final year ExpoTees event, ensuring you are at your best when you exhibit in your final year. These events attract around 80 business representatives all looking to identify future digital talent.
  • Students Futures Week – a week-long event in which business partners network with our students across all years of study. Providing industry panels, presentations and networking opportunities this week builds professional skills and knowledge in your field preparing you for your next step in your career.
  • Drawing on our extensive industry links we invite guest speakers in your field to present to our students. Throughout your course we bring in industry speakers to ensure that you develop your knowledge of the industry that you plan to build your career in. In addition to covering technical subjects these speakers provide an insight into what employers are looking for in their employees, from technical to professional skills.


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Entry to 2019/20 academic year

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

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year
  • UCAS code: P530 BA/JME
    P534 BA/JMEFY for Year 0 entry
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  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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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
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