BA(Hons) in Journalism and Creative Writing

General

Program Description

Kick-start your career as a writer, learning how to analyse, practise and publish all forms of digital journalism while also stretching your creative skills across a range of formats. Along the way, you’ll develop a potent technical toolbox of transferable skills essential in any number of journalistic and creative industries.  

Introduction

This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from screenwriting and poetry through to writing for games and children's fiction.

You will:

  • Benefit from exposure to the complete spectrum of writing expertise, including active journalists and published authors, documentary makers, screenwriters, game writers and poets.
  • Take part in challenging projects such as our publishing partnership with the National Trust or writing for one of our many partners in the news and features sectors.
  • Create a freelance portfolio in your third year, showcasing the writing and podcasting skills you've learnt, and preparing you for your career ahead.
  • Have full access to our state-of-the-art equipment and studios.
  • Attend our eclectic guest lecture and workshop series to network directly with leading figures from the worlds of literature and journalism.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Is enthusiastic and committed, with experience in relevant subjects.
  • Has been involved in a school magazine, personal blog or similar.
  • Knows about world affairs, politics and popular culture.
  • Makes informed references to current developments across a range of subjects.
  • Has analytical skills, and can comment intelligently and incisively on recent news events and campaigns by various causes.
  • Shows independence and initiative.
  • Has extra-curricular interests, part-time jobs or hobbies.

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What you'll learn

Drawing on fields like digital humanities and English studies, you’ll learn to solve problems, collaborate, promote your work and effectively manage your time. You’ll also learn creative writing skills like producing arguments, analysing texts and practices, framing and completing enquiry and research, and understanding writing principles and practices.

Year one

We’ll go over all the journalism essentials, from telling true stories, to the language of news and opinion writing, to politics and media law. You’ll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to make and market a blog, and begin using a range of equipment, like video and audio recording kit.

Modules

  • True Stories
  • Multimedia Methods
  • The Craft of Writing
  • Blogging & the Personal Voice
  • Politics & Law for Journalists
  • Audience & Context

Year two

You’ll experiment with genre and form, and learn more about audience and context through core modules. There’ll also be the chance to choose which forms of creative writing most appeal to you - screenwriting, sci-fi, or writing for radio.

Modules

  • Magazine Content & Creation
  • Features & Long Form
  • Screenwriting Workshop
  • Scandal & Censorship
  • Games & Digital Writing Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Script Workshop: Radio & Theatre
  • Fiction Workshop
  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

Year three

With more self-directed learning, you’ll take on projects focused on your chosen path. You can specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news, as well as novels, poetry, writing for children, and travel writing. And by creating a freelance portfolio, you’ll further prepare for your career.

Modules

  • Specialist Correspondent (students pick a specialism such as crime & courts or global affairs) or Lifestyle Journalism
  • Creative Writing Options (students pick two from Lifestyle Writing; Travel, Place and Environment Writing or Children and Young Adult Writing)
  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • Freelance Portfolio
  • Dissertation

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

This creative journalism degree features practical and peer-reviewed workshops, lectures, seminars, and self-directed work. You'll get a good deal of tutor contact time each week, and the chance for frequent one-to-one tutorials.

We'll push you to make the most of any outside opportunities, so you can utilise our facilities and support. You'll also gain valuable industry insights from our visiting speakers and Writers in Residence, who have previously included Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage.

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment.
  • One exam on Politics & Law for Journalists.
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises.
  • Critical evaluation.
  • Final year dissertation.

Staff

You’ll be taught and supported by industry professionals with experience working with the BBC, Reuters, the Oxford Mail and Wavelength, as well as published writers and academics specialising in everything from screenwriting to publishing to writing for games.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.

Facilities

  • A well-equipped digital newsroom with the news feed.
  • 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
  • The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio and podcast facility.
  • A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
  • Exclusive use of The Lighthouse, the School’s new study and meeting space.
  • The Shed, our dedicated study area.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below. 

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: 39B4

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

As a guide our typical offer at an undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

Language requirements

For applicants whose first language is English, we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

Deadlines

  • UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration) 
  • Late applications will be considered if there are places available. 
  • International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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