Multimedia Journalism

BA single honours Journalism:
Multimedia Journalism
2016/17

Journalism is experiencing an exciting revolution and our programme is at the forefront, equipping students with all the skills to understand and work in the new digital era. As the traditional boundaries between Print, TV and Radio disappear, the programme explores how they come together in Multimedia and Online journalism.

Multimedia, the combination of all old forms of media into an inspiring new form of communication, is where journalism today is heading − which is why we teach all the most up to date methods of reporting, from podcasts and blogs to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

But, in order to work in these new fields, it's vital to have a portfolio of traditional skills too. The programme offers stimulating modules across the board, giving students the chance to acquire skills in Print, Radio and TV on their own before bringing them together in a fresh multimedia environment.

Our approach is practical and hands on. We believe you learn more and enjoy it more if you are constantly practising what we preach. Taught by seasoned media professionals and academics, as well as regular visits from senior journalists in the industry, the programme concentrates on practical workshop sessions across all media, giving students the chance to try out their skills in Newsdays and live studio events.

BJTC Accredited

Journalism courses at Canterbury Christ Church are “exemplary” delivering a “rich learning experience” for students, according to the industry’s main broadcast accrediting body.

The Broadcast Journalist Training Council ( BJTC) praised our Multimedia Journalism (MMJ) course and awarded it full three-year accreditation starting from September 2015.

In Year 1, you will learn to make your own TV and Radio reports, put together a newspaper, magazine and website in small teams and create your own portfolio of print articles and an online site. You will also acquire sought- after skills in Shorthand and Media Law and Ethics.

In Year 2, you will enhance and develop your skills in TV, Radio, Print and Online as well as choosing from a wide range of options allowing you to specialise − or broaden − your range of interests within or outside the Media field. One or more Professional Work Placements will build your professional contacts and experience and Public Affairs reveal the interplay of economic, social and political forces in the UK and Europe.

In Year 3, you will develop an impressive individual Multimedia portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers as well as building contacts and strategies for entering the professional field of your choice in the Professional Perspectives module.

This is a university and so, alongside the hard practical skills, we also teach you to think and evaluate the contemporary media scene. We look at the issues and encourage you to form your own views on a number of controversial and exciting developments in journalism. What are the limits to press freedom? How should the industry be regulated − if at all? Can newspapers survive the digital onslaught? If industry is talking about it − we want to learn about it. Working in a free media is not just a rewarding and fascinating career choice but a cornerstone of our society which is why it's worthy of serious academic study and debate.

By the end of three years our students will be able to identify and understand key issues in the media but equally importantly be able to write news stories and features, make Radio and TV packages, work in TV and Radio studios, manufacture their own website and populate it with rich multimedia content. These are the skills demanded by the industry. But not just in journalism. Whether its government, commerce, PR, advertising, the arts or international development − these are the talents everyone now needs to succeed in an era of global communication.

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Core subject knowledge, practical skills and understanding are acquired principally through practical workshops using industry-standard facilities, and group-work activities and through lectures, including guest lectures, seminars and tutorials. Further and advanced knowledge and critical understandings are acquired through all these, and through structured independent study. Cognitive/intellectual skills are developed principally through the student’s engagement with the curriculum content of all programme units. This engagement is facilitated by unit tutors in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical workshops.

Many modules are based entirely on a variety of coursework, notably the production of websites, articles and broadcasts of professional journalism produced to deadline to set briefs both individually and in groups. Other assessment methods may include presentations, creative work, case studies, multi-media practicals, essays, examinations, and reflective pieces based on practical projects or work experience.

One of the very strong elements of the Multimedia Journalism programme is the Compulsory Work Placement between Years 2 and 3 of the degree, which is described as ‘exemplary’ by the Broadcast Training Journalism Council.

Students are supported in applying for a work placements in the field of their choice; usually in Newspaper or magazines, Radio, TV or Online, but also in Press offices or Public Relations if that is what they’d prefer.

The importance of work placements in graduate employment has been well documented; you may have read the widely reported Graduate Market Review 2014 which stated "…Over half the recruiters … repeated that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process “.

The costs to the student of work placements can vary. Many employers now don’t pay expenses so that a placement in London for example could cost the student concerned several hundred pounds in travel costs. At the other end of the scale, many students will do their placements at a local media outlet during the holidays or on a one day a week basis, thus costing the student nothing but their time. The finding of the right placement for each student is a collaborative process between staff and students.

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UCAS code

  • P501

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

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Our degree in Multimedia Journalism has a 94% overall student satisfaction rating

National Student Survey, 2015

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