Journalism, Film And Television Studies – BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course combines the theoretical and practical exploration of film and television with the teaching of journalistic skills using our up-to-date facilities. The study of film and television through a variety of approaches will support your practice-based projects in short filmmaking, documentary making and screenwriting. You’ll make use of our journalism newsroom to produce journalistic investigations and reports, which may be published online on the Holloway Express.

More about this course

Changes in technology are presenting significant challenges for the newspaper, film and television businesses, and the explosion of online video is creating a major shift in the relationship between consumers and producers of news. In this degree you’ll explore these issues and more and develop an understanding of the film and television industries as well as the issues and image these media present on screen.

You’ll also have the opportunity to make short films or develop screenplays using our cutting-edge digital production and editing facilities, and to produce journalism across a range of genres including critical, popular and investigative reporting. This degree prepares you for a career as a journalist with specialist knowledge of the moving image or for work in factual television or film entertainment, or writing in a non-journalistic direction.

You’ll develop your journalistic skills through workshops, exciting news days and use of mobile technologies. Practice-based projects in short film-making and screenwriting are enabled by facilities that include an advanced digital editing suite. You’ll also benefit from the advice of our team of professional advisers and our fantastic newsroom, opened by ex-editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

Approaches to Film and Television (core, 30 credits)

Journalism: History and Ideas (core, 30 credits)

Moving Image and Sound Practice (core, 30 credits)

Practical Journalism (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Film and Television Practice (core, 30 credits)

Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration (core, 30 credits)

Advanced Reporting (alternative core, 30 credits)

Journalism Work Placement (alternative core, 15 credits)

Newsroom Production (alternative core, 30 credits)

Work Based Learning for Media (alternative core, 15 credits)

British and European Cinema (option, 15 credits)

Contemporary Television Studies (option, 15 credits)

Documentary Photography (option, 15 credits)

Film and TV Industry Roles (option, 15 credits)

Scripting Performance for Screen (option, 15 credits)

Stardom and Performance (option, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Broadcast Journalism (core, 30 credits)

Journalism Project (alternative core, 30 credits)

Project (Film and Television Studies) (alternative core, 30 credits)

Arts Journalism (option, 15 credits)

Campaigning Journalism (option, 15 credits)

Documentary Filmmaking (option, 15 credits)

Film Reception and Interpretation (option, 15 credits)

Film and TV Industry Careers (option, 15 credits)

Screening America in Hollywood Film (option, 30 credits)

The French New Wave (option, 15 credits)

Where this course can take you

This degree prepares you for a career as a journalist with specialist knowledge of the moving image or for work in factual television or film entertainment, or writing in a non-journalistic direction. Employability and transferable skills are an integral aspect of this degree which encourages the development of skills for use in both the journalism and media fields. Previous graduates have gone on to work in film and media journalism, PR and marketing, media consultancy, film and television broadcasting and production, and radio and digital journalism, as well as going on to postgraduate study.

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