UDJFTSTU - BA (Hons) Journalism, Film and Television Studies
|Highest award||Bachelor of Arts||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts|
|Total credits for course||360|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Subject Area||Creative Technologies and Digital Media|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The BA Journalism, Film and Television Studies focuses on developing critical inquiry and professional skills, both of which are essential to success in the field of journalism, as well as exploring film and television history and theory and practice/theory approaches. Writing is paramount in journalism, even in today’s convergent media world, so students learn a range of writing techniques, from academic essay to snappy tweet. Curiosity about and knowledge of a wide range of social and historical contexts is also crucial in developing professional journalistic practice within today’s fast-changing industry. Students will also undertake both academic and practice-based learning in Film and Television Studies, exploring a wide variety of theories, approaches, national cinemas and television industries through critical analysis, and developing professional abilities in such fields as screenwriting, short film, and documentary film-making.
Sessions make use of blended learning, particularly via class blogs and the course website, and many modules are taught within the multimedia newsroom and digilab. Team working and collaboration, among other key social skills like the ability to gain interviews, present oneself successfully and sell ideas, is developed through class exercises, newsdays and practice-based group work. Students are expected to complement their in-class and blended learning opportunities with extensive guided independent study and to be actively engaged in their learning. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning experience through developmental learning and both formative and summative assignments including logs, portfolios, essay and project planning and practice/theory reflective work that are embedded across the course.
Guest speakers and field trips stimulate engagement with the world of work, as does an optional work placement module. Connections with national student TV and media networks develop professional skills in and outside formal teaching. Using a mixture of workshops, simulations, lectures, film screenings, seminar discussions and exposition, modules are taught by respected, experienced practitioners and active researchers.
Learning strategies on the course are designed to promote transferrable skills of communication, independent thinking, the ability to work effectively with others, work planning and independent responsibility. Student feedback and engagement with teaching and learning strategies are promoted via student representatives and course committees.
The main aims of the BA Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) are:
• To develop students’ writing skills so that they can write accurately and fluently in a variety of formats, including academic essays, news items, headlines, features, reviews, reports, commentaries, blogs, tweets, interviews, profiles, investigations, critiques, comments, columns, campaigns and any other formats chosen to deadline and to length;
• To equip students with the news gathering tools to research the background data and risk implications of any journalistic task they may have to do;
• To familiarise students with the history and ideas important to understanding the practice of journalism in the UK today, as well as globally, so that they have an analytical framework with which to grasp their role within the industry;
• To develop students’ understanding of film and television theories and histories;
• To enable students to critically analyse film and television in relation to a variety of cultural issues;
• To familiarise students with the history and ideas important to understanding the legal and political systems in the UK today, as well as globally, so that they have an analytical framework and practical knowledge with which to grasp and practice effectively their role within society;
• To develop students’ social skills so that they can interview primary sources face to face, over the phone, via email and social media and so that they can pitch ideas and presentations to possible employers;
• To develop their powers of argument, analysis, research, narrative and sequencing so that they can construct effective, substantiated content for different audiences and articulate academic arguments;
• To introduce and promote the technical skills essential for any career in convergent media –text, audio, video–and practice-based skills in screenwriting, digital film production, artists’ film and video and documentary filmmaking;
• To foster students’ independence as learners and practitioners, especially through individual projects;
• To foster collaboration as learners and practitioners, especially through group work and simulations;
• To offer the opportunity for monitored work placements, extension of knowledge skills (shorthand), and publication within and outside the course website;
• To develop students’ own understanding of their work so that they can produce it and target it to a range of media audiences, specialist and non-specialist;
• To prepare students for more specialised accredited learning and further academic study, and for careers in a variety of fields including journalism and the film and television industries.
Course learning outcomes
The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Journalism, Film and Television Studies, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1) deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Journalism, Film and Television Studies;
2) devise and sustain arguments, and/or solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Journalism, Film and Television Studies;
3) describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Journalism, Film and Television Studies, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
4) manage their own learning, and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Journalism, Film and Television Studies);
5) apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
6) critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution –or identify a range of solutions –to a problem;
7) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
8) exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;
9) undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
10) demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible practitioners/professionals in their discipline.
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Subject Benchmark Statement: Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies [Oct-2016]
The above latest subject benchmark statement is used in the design, delivery and review of the course and in facilitating the knowledge and skills normally expected
of a typical course graduate.
The course provides a variety of assessment strategies designed to promote and evidence students’ engagement with learning. Assessments are both formative and summative to promote developmental learning, and include formal essays, timed tests, presentations, pop quizzes, portfolios, case studies, and practice-based assessments such as screenwriting, reviews and reports, investigation and magazines, short film-making and experimental film and video-making, some of which can be posted on the course website. Students will have the opportunity to submit draft material to tutors and receive individual tutorials and feedback during student development weeks when there is also the opportunity to take part in formative assessment whilst engaged on simulations, newsdays and activities. Students will be provided with both formative and summative feedback in a variety of forms including in-class, tutorials, on-line, peer critique and formal written feedback. Formative feedback provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their engagement with learning and develop their work towards their final summative assignments.
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
Students are required to complete either the Journalism Placement module or Work-Related Learning for Media 1 at level 5. In the former module, they will undertake a placement of up to three working weeks moderated by academic staff. The latter module provides a variety of both internal and external work-related learning opportunities which students complete and are required to reflect upon. News days and news weeks are simulations which offer work-based learning. The course includes information, training and advice on employability, job applications, CVs and finances. Simulation of the work environment also includes job applications and interviews.
Course specific regulations
SM3018 Introduction: Film, TV and Broadcast Media
SJ3002 Introduction: Journalism and Writing for Media
SM3017 Introduction: Media and Communications
SM3019 Introduction: Digital Media
SJ4030 Approaches to Film and Television
SJ4034 Journalism: History and Ideas
SJ4046 Moving Image and Sound Practice
SJ4035 Practical Journalism
SJ5042 Film and Television Practice
SJ5033 Media Law and Ethics: Public Administration
SJ5035 Advanced Reporting
SJ5W78 (default) Journalism Work Placement
MD5050 (default) Film and TV Industry Roles
SJ6035 Broadcast Journalism
SJ6032 Screening America in Hollywood Film (default)
SJ6P35 Journalism Project (default)
SJ6080 Campaigning Journalism (default)
SJ6060 Documentary Filmmaking (default)
Modules required for interim awards
All core modules are required, unless an alternative core in which case one of the appropriate cores only is required.
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
Strategies designed to promote students’ reflective learning and personal development planning are embedded across the course. Assessments including reflective diaries, portfolios of research and planning, and blogs encourage students to reflect on their learning experience and develop plans for both individual and group projects.
Projects and sessions are grounded in theory and practice: both writing and film. Writing is paramount in journalism, so students learn a range of writing techniques, from academic essay to snappy tweet. Multi-media dominates professional practice, so students develop a range of media production skills. They practise these skills in studios and the newsroom. Curiosity about and knowledge of a wide knowledge of social and historical contexts is crucial both in developing professional journalistic practice within today’s fast-changing industry and in developing critical thinking skills of analysis and enquiry. Therefore, students additionally map their class contribution, taking account of their participation, reading, presentations, interrelations with others and extra-curricular work.
Formative feedback on assignments encourages students to reflect on and develop their learning and forms an integrated part of the course through student development weeks. A number of modules include an online journal, to be completed at the end of each class. Tutors give formative comments before the next class. This ensures a virtuous circle of feedback. It also forms part of assessment, so contributes to students’ ownership of their progress. Students’ personal blogs and the course website are repositories for successful work, creating portfolios.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in a variety of fields. These include: news organisations and specialist magazines and websites, corporate and public sector communications across convergent fields of text, audio and video, the film and television industries, teaching, arts administration and a variety of media-related professions. The programme is also excellent preparation for further research or study.
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.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, students should normally have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels or minimum grades BBC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
- English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Journalism, Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons).
Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2013/14||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||01 Sep 2013||Last validation date||01 Sep 2013|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
|JACS codes||P500 (Journalism): 50% , P300 (Media Studies): 50%|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|SJ4030||Approaches to Film and Television||Core||30||NORTH||SPR+SUM||MON||PM|
|SJ4034||Journalism: History and Ideas||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
|SJ4046||Moving Image and Sound Practice||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||PM|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered
|SJ5033||Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||AM|
|SJ5042||Film and Television Practice||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|FC5W52||Work Related Learning for Media 1||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|SJ5034||Newsroom Production||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||AM|
|SJ5035||Advanced Reporting||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||PM|
|SJ5W78||Journalism Work Placement||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|MD5050||Film and TV Industry Roles||Option||15||CITY||SPR||TUE||AM|
|SJ5053||Scripting Performance for Screen||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||PM|
|SJ5072||Stardom and Performance||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|SJ5089||British and European Cinema||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|SJ5090||Contemporary Television Studies||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||FRI||PM|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered
|SJ6P30||Project (Film and Television Studies)||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||NA|
|SJ6P35||Journalism Project||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||PM|
|MD6050||Film and TV Industry Careers||Option||15||CITY||SPR||TUE||AM|
|SJ6032||Screening America in Hollywood Film||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
|SJ6058||Film Reception and Interpretation||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|SJ6059||The French New Wave||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||MON||PM|