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Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course J120 or S175 (with professional placement year)

Key facts

UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: J120 or S175
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.

View typical offers for more information.

Become a journalist for the 21st century and tell the stories that matter.*

  • Develop expertise and a stunning creative portfolio in your area of interest.
  • Learn journalistic research and writing, then hone these core skills to a professional standard.
  • Use state-of-the-art publishing and Reuters business labs to produce high-quality, multiplatform publications.

*New for 2018 entry, subject to final approval

This is an exciting time to be a journalist, with digital storytelling at the heart of contemporary reporting. Stories are now told across a range of platforms and the industry is being transformed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

We aim to develop a new generation of highly-skilled, pro-active and agile creatives with a nose for a story. You’ll understand the power of image and video content. You’ll develop a range of research approaches to give your work originality and depth. And, you’ll become knowledgeable on ethics and the global media landscape.

This flexible course is designed to let you focus on your interests across a range of areas, including fashion, business, science, entertainment, sports and politics. You’ll play to your strengths, whether in news and investigative features, or consumer and independent magazines.

With industry-standard facilities and specialist workshops in print, digital and live content, we aim to ensure you graduate as an expert in publishing software and techniques.

“The skills and industry knowledge that the Publishing course gave me were invaluable.”

Rosie Maynard, BA (Hons) Publishing with English Literature. Now Digital Executive Editor, Marie Curie.

What you'll learn

Overview

This course combines hands-on journalistic and publishing experience with a critical understanding of global media industries - the context in which you’ll work.

You’ll learn to use industry-standard software, with opportunities to develop your abilities in image use, video, digital production and collaborative, project-based working.

The flexibility of the course enables you to tailor it to suit your interests and ambitions - you can choose to spend more of your time on either journalism or publishing elements.

During the course, there are many opportunities to gain high-quality work experience with leading international media companies such as the BBC, Penguin Random House, individual TEDx events and a wide range of local and regional news, magazine and digital content companies.

You'll leave with a wide range of transferable skills, and a stunning portfolio of journalism and innovative publications relevant to the area of the industry in which you want to work.

Course structure

Year one
We’ll teach you the core skills of journalism: concise, meaningful and accurate writing and solid desk research skills. Fast-turnaround deadlines will get you used to quickly assessing and distilling information.

You’ll experiment with different types of content and take creative risks to make exciting, new, innovative publications. You’ll be introduced to the contemporary global media industry, learn how to edit your work, and produce publications using industry-standard software.

Year two
Alongside enhancing your writing skills and learning how to develop original research material, you’ll explore digital storytelling techniques for multiplatform journalism. These might include photography, video, podcasting and live creative content-making.

Optional modules allow you to focus on specialist areas, both practical and theoretical, such as international journalism, data journalism, science journalism, and publishing skills for social enterprise and charity work.

Year three
You’ll gain a solid grounding in the latest digital publishing techniques. With the expert guidance of tutors, you’ll plan and create your own journalism portfolio and undertake a substantial individual project tailored to your interests and career plans.

Optional modules offer specialisation in areas such as digital content strategy, magazines, investigative journalism, and lifestyle and entertainment journalism. Specialist careers coaching is provided within the course to help you land a job in your area of choice.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed by practical and creative coursework, including portfolios of your writing, multiplatform journalism and publications, essays, reflective commentaries and reports. In some modules you’ll share your work through short, informal presentations.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through creative workshops, skills labs, seminars and lectures.

A wide range of visiting journalists and media publishers will offer insights from the front line of contemporary journalism.

Ongoing tutor feedback and workshop exercises will help you to develop your work to a high level.

You'll learn to be adept at project management, whether for a particular story you are working on, or for a larger project.

Throughout the course, you’ll work to briefs set by your tutors or industry collaborators, or your own negotiated briefs.

“Bath Spa is exceeding expectations by comparison with other UK Higher Education Institutions with publishing programmes.”

External Examiner 2016/17.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Students can choose to study abroad; this is a great opportunity to develop knowledge of other regions, markets and practices, as journalism and publishing are international industries.

Field trips

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in field trips across Journalism and Publishing modules.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We spend much time creating and negotiating high-quality work experience opportunities on your behalf with leading international media companies such as the BBC, Penguin Random House and individual TEDx and X Media Lab events, alongside a wide range of local and regional news, magazine and digital content companies.

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects and collaborations. You’ll also be able to contribute to multiplatform student magazine, Milk, and be part of the vibrant Publishing and Journalism Society, which holds workshops, talks and social events throughout the year.

Specialist careers coaching is provided within the course to help you land a job in your area of choice. We support applications for a range of paid internships and work with industry contacts to develop internship and work experience opportunities for students.

Careers

We have an excellent track record in helping students gain graduate level jobs.

Journalism and publishing skills are extremely transferable, enabling you to work in a wide range of additional professions including publicity, social media marketing, digital content development, web editing and brand development.

Publishing graduates have been employed in a variety of roles, including Digital Editor, Production Assistant, Publications Officer, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Events Organiser and Project Manager. Graduates have been employed by publishing companies including:

  • BBC
  • Future Publishing
  • Parragon Books
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Penguin Random House.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Journalism and Publishing is taught on our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

Resources

As a Journalism and Publishing student, you'll benefit from:

  • The latest specialist software, as well as print and publishing equipment including digital cameras, iPads and booklet makers
  • Experienced technical demonstrators to support you
  • Free online resources to increase your software expertise through Lynda.com
  • Free equipment hire with SISO, Bath Spa’s equipment loan system.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

UK and EU students full time - with placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study.

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for creative students who are curious about the world - enthusiastic, pro-active and keen to discover relevant and engaging stories.

We’re looking for people who ask questions, who are full of ideas and want to learn how to research and shape these into journalistic writing and lively publications.

Attention to detail and good basic writing skills are important, although we can help you improve these and become an effective and engaging writer.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - Grade BCC accepted. Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in the subject in their personal statement.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) in a related subject accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate - A minimum of 27 points are required. Applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in the subject in their personal statement.
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Katharine Reeve
Email: k.reeve@bathspa.ac.uk

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