Students with a passion for journalism and for the arts are in luck, as they can find the best of both worlds at the UK’s University for the Creative Arts. UCA journalism graduates are known to work at prominent newspapers, magazines and other media outlets, where they partake in exciting and challenging assignments.
UCA offers a number of undergraduate degrees in journalism, as well as a master’s program in fashion and lifestyle journalism.
The BA in fashion journalism, offered at the Epsom campus, covers a range of relevant study areas, including fashion news writing, media analysis, fashion and contemporary culture, interviewing techniques, photography and styling. Fashion journalists must be well-versed in all of these areas, and well-sourced in all aspects of the industry.
Students will also learn about fashion criticism, feature and fashion writing, producing a publication, design history and cultural and gender studies. This will give them the necessary context within which to give commentary on fashion trends and news. All degree candidates in this program will be required to complete a dissertation, self-directed final project and will do a work placement program.
The BA in music journalism, also offered at the Epsom campus, creates a dream opportunity for music lovers with a gift for the written word: the chance to spend their careers interviewing bands and musicians and writing about news and major events in the music world.
Areas of study within this degree course include introduction to music journalism, media analysis, music and popular culture, design, visual and popular culture since 1900, critical journalism, and feature writing, among others. Music journalism students also give a dissertation and complete a major project prior to graduation.
At the Farnham campus, aspiring journalists can study for a BA in journalism. This program boasts a high rate of employability, as it has ranked in the top ten for graduate employment rates for the past five years.
The skills taught in the journalism program at Farnham fall into writing and reporting and to practical skills. On the writing end, students will learn about reporting, interviewing, media law, feature writing and editorial development. They will also learn production techniques using programs such as InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, Audition, and Premiere Pro. Journalism students practice creating and publishing content in real-time settings and prepare to tell stories through print, web, radio and TV.
The recently restructured BA in sports journalism teaches students how to provide high-quality sports reporting and coverage across multiple media platforms. The degree course is accredited by the British Journalism Training Council and covers writing, production and critical thinking skills.
Students in this program will learn about reporting, press conferences and interviews, news writing and match reporting, and feature writing and media law. They will also learn to use Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, blogs, WordPress and content management systems, as well as Audition and Premiere Pro for production. Additional course aspects include an introduction to sports business and a practical training placement in a sports journalism or sports-related position.
The foundation degree in broadcast media is offered at UCA’s Maidstone location, and is held on campus and at the Maidstone TV Studios. This gives students a chance to learn in a professional environment and receive hands-on training in the process. Areas of study include: script writing, sound design, media strategy, narrative and genre, direction, documentary, live production and adaptation.
Following completion of the foundation degree, students can enroll in the BA Broadcast Media 1 year top-up program, which involves more practical training and practice in production. This course is also open to students who have not completed a foundation degree through UCA, but have a degree in a relevant subject area.
The MA Fashion & Lifestyle Journalism degree is available at the Epsom campus and teaches students to cultivate an analytical understanding of the commercial marketplace while also preparing them for the journalistic aspect of their careers. Students will learn to write news pieces, catwalk reviews, conduct interviews and compile trend reports. They will also be grounded in theoretical principles of fashion and journalism.
International students who choose to begin their journalism careers at UCA will receive world-class training that they will be able to take anywhere around the globe. The facilties on the UCA campuses are excellent and by training on them, students will be prepared to seamlessly integrate into newsrooms wherever they are.
UCA students find success even before they have graduated. Sports journalism students had the opportunity to interview Olympic gold medalist for swimming Duncan Goodhew, a rare occasion for student journalists.
The faculty teaching the journalism classes are accomplished professionals who continue to achieve new heights in their careers. Professor Sean Walsh was recently appointed the foreign consultant at China State Broadcasting, the world’s largest broadcaster.
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