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Journalism and Creative Media

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Journalism and Creative Media

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    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

​Our Journalism and Creative Media programme opens up a range of employment possibilities in the expanding and exciting world of social influencing, PR, blogging, websites and much more.

You'll be given the foundation stones required by everyone working in journalism and content creation - crisp writing, how to spot, sell and tell stories, and pictures, sound and editing. Alongside this you'll take control of your own programme and choose modules from across our successful courses in journalism and media, such as PR, magazine writing, photography, radio, online and TV.

Our hands-on approach means you'll learn through doing and interacting with tutors with significant industry experience. And you'll gain invaluable experience through a total of eleven weeks of professional work placements.

You'll graduate with a strong portfolio of work and professional experience that will showcase your talent to prospective employers.

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Why study with us?

  • Focus on non-news journalism. You will develop skills to suit the growing employment markets of content creation in social influencing, press offices, websites and more.
  • Learn from the experts. You will gain a professional foundation in journalism without NCTJ accreditation requirements, such as experience of covering courts and councils and learning shorthand.
  • Enhance your creative freedom. You will be given great opportunities to design parts of your own degree by selecting from a suite of modules in Journalism and Media.
  • Be inspired. You'll meet some of the UK's most highly respected journalists at our acclaimed annual Journalism and Media Week.
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92%​

of our Journalism students are satisfied that their course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt.

(National Student Survey 2018)

25%

Our Journalism courses are ranked in the top 25% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

​​No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018) ​​

Course Information

About this course >

In the first year, you will get a core introduction to journalism – including interview best practice, how to spot interesting angles and write dynamic copy, as well as the opportunity to learn filming and editing for different formats, audio production and web design. You will find out how to produce content for social media platforms and how to use them to find stories.

In the second year there is a core module on creative media which will develop your skills and focus more on social media, video editing, design skills and social influencing. You will get the choice of a range of options in subjects including storytelling, TV, radio and PR.

Much of your final year is spent producing your own independent learning project as well as taking further optional modules.

Further Study

Modules >

Year One:

Students are introduced to the fundamental skills and practices associated with journalism and content creation: spotting stories and angles, producing tight copy for different audiences on different platforms, sound, video and editing, social media, social influencing. Alongside introductions to media law and ethics and an initial academic module.

Year Two:

Continues and deepens the study of fundamental skills, alongside a choice of specialist modules in PR, magazine, sport, photography, TV and radio. Developed academic module, leading to either a final year dissertation or professional learning through work project.

Year Three:

The centre-piece of the final year is the Digital Media Portfolio in which students develop their own website showcasing their content with a range of production techniques.

Students will choose either a dissertation or professional learning through work project. Option modules include more advanced options in PR, magazine, sport, photography, TV and radio. All students are given a legal top-up and have the option of a more in-depth study of media law.


Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here. #expand#

Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of interactive workshops, practical sessions, lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, links with employers, mentors and our alumni throughout their programme of study. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include live news broadcasts and other live news production exercises, social media exercises and, in the final year, the production of a digital media portfolio tailored to a niche market of each individual student's choice.

Students are offered the opportunity to develop their own essay titles/research project subjects in final year modules and the chance to develop their own ideas for practical journalism pieces of work throughout the course.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​​. We also accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications​.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll be given opportunities to work with a range of employers, from media organisations (BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Yorkshire Post) to sports clubs (Leeds United, Bradford City, Leeds Rhinos) and PR and Digital Marketing outlets, plus a broad range of employers who need content creation.

Graduate Opportunities

​​The exciting world of journalism is ever evolving faster than ever before and this new course is designed to prepare you for a career that reaches far beyond traditional news journalism. Graduate destinations are expected to include producing and editing video content for websites, social influencing on different social media platforms, working in press offices, blogging blogs and producing, and presenting, podcasts. Such is the pace of change, some of the jobs you will be prepared for may not yet have even been invented!

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