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Creative Digital Media and Journalism BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including our new broadcasting suite officially opened by BBC’s Nick Owen in October 2013, and the Digital Arts Centre, which has industry-standard film, sound and photography studios, state-of-the-art equipment and industry-standard software
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including the BBC, and extensive industry links, with ‘live’ professional projects run in collaboration with national organisations, expert guest speakers, briefs set by visiting practising designers and a commercially experienced staff team
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising journalists and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest lecturers from within the industry
  • Our pioneering curriculum focuses on the emerging needs of the creative industries that aims to equip you for a career in digital media
  • Our students have the opportunity to develop expertise across graphic design, animation, film, motion graphics, illustration and photography


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative Digital Media and Journalism.

Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills. My lecturers and staff at the digital arts centre (DAC) gave me the confidence to give it a go.

Tom El-Shawk, BA Journalism graduate.

Joint Honours Creative Digital Media and Journalism provides you with an exciting opportunity to combine development of creative work using digital media with exploration of the practical business of how to research and communicate what’s happening in the world, now.

In Creative Digital Media, available modules enable you to develop expertise in areas of digital design and creative practice including graphic design, animation, motion graphics, illustration and photography. As well as developing your creative work and digital ‘skills’, you will be introduced to the creative industries and the multitude of professions and careers associated with them. Many of your projects will respond to ‘live’ briefs set in collaboration with industry professionals. With their own, impressive experience as creatives, your lecturers, too, are expertly placed to share with you their inside knowledge of professional work.

Journalism is vocationally focused and aims to support you to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment. You are taught by experienced, trained and still practising journalists in state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities (including new radio studios linked to a newsroom and newly refurbished TV studios). There are opportunities for work placements with local media organisations (including the BBC) and a host of guest lectures by high-profile visitors to the course. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on particular aspects of journalism (from sports journalism to political journalism) or to branch out into wider areas of media and communications. Your learning is hand-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Studying these subject areas in combination will be an interesting prospect if design and communication are at the heart of your interests, if the media and contemporary culture are your passions, if thinking and learning through doing is your preferred approach to academic study, and if design- and media-related employment is your long-term goal.

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Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff Points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTS score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.


Study options

Full-time and part-time study available

Get in touch

Claire Wolfe
Course Leader, Journalism
01905 542240  
c.wolfe@worc.ac.uk  

Rob Tovey
Course Leader, Creative Digital Media
01905 855445
r.tovey@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Journalism
Journalism Law and Ethics
Crafting the Digital Image
Design: Skills and Theory  

 


Module options:

Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Introduction to Feature Writing
Internet Journalism
Introduction to Photojournalism
Video Production Project


Year 2

Core modules:

Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society

 


Module options:

Magazine Journalism
Sports Journalism
Reporting Politics (1)
Developing your Media Career
Digital Reporting Techniques
Intermediate Feature Writing
Practical Journalism Skills
Digital Photography
Creating Sound for the Moving Image
Negotiated Video Production
Concept Generation, Research and Preproduction
Digital Photography
Multi Camera Studio Production
Motion Graphics and Design for Television and Cinema
Digital Photography and Image Manipulation  


Year 3

Core modules:

N/A

 


Module options:

Reporting Politics (2)
Work Placement
Broadcast Research Skills
Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)
Advanced Print Production
Negotiated Project
Live Radio News Production
Live Television News Production
Live New Production (Radio & TV)
Documentary Photography
Green Media
Independent Study
Extension Module
Experimental Practice
Studio Photography
Negotiated Project
Major Negotiated Project
Documentary Photography
Creative Digital Media Professional Practice
Green Design


Employability

The Journalism aspect of this course will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas. Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

The flexible nature of the Creative Digital Media aspect prepares you for a range of career paths in design, animation, filmmaking, television production, public relations, illustration, motion graphics, and photography and arts management. The creative and intellectual nature of the award also fits the graduate for traineeships in areas outside the digital arts: this might include banking, corporate industry, local and national government and business development.

Recent graduates have recently been placed with the following major employers: BBC London, ITV Central and Saatchi and Saatchi, as well as independent design agencies, PR and marketing agencies, regional production companies and employers outside the independent media sector.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Creative Digital Media and Journalism BA (Hons) - GP45

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

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