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Goldsmiths, University of London

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Journalism

Computer science

The world of journalism is changing at an unprecedented rate. This programme offers an individual and innovative blend of contemporary, multi-media journalism that ensures graduates are prepared for the future of a rapidly developing industry.

You’ll learn a range of cutting-edge digital skills to help you investigate news stories. You’ll also learn how and why good journalism matters by putting it in its wider cultural context.

**Why study BA Journalism at Goldsmiths?**
- Learn from media professionals with extensive industry experience and leading academics involved in ground-breaking research.
- Work on a real-world news website (EastLondonLines), covering breaking news stories that really matter to the local community.
- Develop an arsenal of digital skills, and learn to integrate them with a core of essential reporting and news-writing skills. Digital skills taught on this programme include:

- Video journalism

- Data Journalism

- Mobile Journalism

- Web programming

- Get training with a range of digital video equipment to support your practice, including DSLRs, and ENG (electronic news gathering) cameras.
- Produce a long-form news feature on a subject of your choice, which will allow you to bring together all the digital and news-writing skills learned over the course of this degree. Examples of previous projects can be found below.
- Build up a portfolio of work, get advice on careers and work experience, and benefit from our close links with London’s thriving world-class media industry.
- The Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies is ranked 7th in the world for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

Modules

Whatever kind of journalist you are seeking to become, we will give you the right combination of practical skills and the wider understanding to launch a successful career in this new, digital, multi platform world. The programme draws on the award-winning expertise of our MA Journalism and MA/MSc Digital Journalism programmes, many of whose graduates are in key positions in the news media.

The programme delivers a range of journalistic and technical skills – including news writing, web programming, data visualisation and video reporting – as well as more theoretical underpinning, giving students essential background in media law, public affairs and the wider context of journalism and the media. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original, creative and intellectual work.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Year 1
All modules in your first year are compulsory:
Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs
Introduction to Digital Methods in Journalism
Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
Media History and Politics
Key Debates in Media Studies
Introduction to Video Reporting
Digital Methods in Journalism

Year 2
You will take the following compulsory modules:
Data Journalism and Visualisation
Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing
Media Law and Ethics
News and Power in a Globalised Context
Feature Writing
Video Reporting
Multimedia Journalism

Year 3
You take two compulsory modules:
Journalism in Context
Final Multimedia Project and Portfolio
You also choose a combination of option modules up to a total of 45 credits Or a dissertation (30 credits) and one option module (15 credits)

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
28%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Computer science

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Information technology technicians
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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