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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Journalism and Publishing at Bath Spa University

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 9250International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £9,250 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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

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

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £13,900 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 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021 Year 3 Published Jan 2022

Entry requirements

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.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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