Creative Media Production and Technology (Journalism)

This course is designed for those who want to develop a career in journalism and the publishing industry. It will focus on many aspects of both digital and print journalism including magazine design and photography. The course has no exam and you are assessed continuously over the two years of the course.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Media and Film
  • Qualification UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
Overview

This course is designed for people who want to develop a career in the journalism and publishing industry. It will focus on both print journalism and digital media production, as well as social media and broadcast journalism. The two year full time course provides a range of experiences, allowing individuals to progress straight into the workplace or onto higher education. In your first year you will study the Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

This course is ideal if you enjoy writing creatively and investigative journalism and it is ideal if you have a keen interest in the industry.

The course has no exam and you are assessed continuously over the two years of the course. Each project will test your ability to work in teams, communicate effectively and prepare for media productions. You are assessed through your finished journalism work and your portfolio of work, which should contain all your research, planning and production evidence. Observations from your lecturers will also form a part of your assessment. All units you study are graded, and a final major project will determine your final grade for the qualification.

What topics will I study? 

You will have the opportunity to develop practical and creative skills through a variety of assignments, such as news and feature writing; photojournalism; broadcast journalism (radio/TV); and magazine/newspaper design and production.

You will learn about: journalism law and media theory; professional writing skills; research techniques and how to use research to write news stories, features; interview skills and how to conduct interviews for print, radio, TV and online outlets; page layout and design using industry standard software; photography; and video and audio recording and editing skills.

You will:

  • Have the opportunity to develop practical and creative skills through a variety of assignments, such as news and feature writing, photojournalism, magazine/newspaper design and production, documentary and podcasts
  • Learn about journalism law, professional writing skills and research techniques
  • Use research to write news stories and features
  • Find out how to conduct interviews for print and online outlets
  • Create designs using industry standard software such as In Design
  • Develop photography and audio recording and editing skills
  • Have the opportunity to visit The Guardian in London
  • Work as an editorial team to produce a college magazine

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps: 

You could go on to higher education to study a Journalism degree or a Communications, PR or Marketing degree.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English Language. Plus, you will need four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent. If this does not include Maths, you must study this alongside the course.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: A keen interest in the journalism.

Facilities

You will have access to a learning resource centre with a full range of new media equipment purchased specifically for practical media production, plus computers with industry standard software. You will also have access to a state of the art HD live TV studio and a radio studio.

Additional Costs

£30 course fee to cover industry speakers, course trips and equipment costs.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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