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Fees and Funding

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Overview

Rehearse for your career as a music journalist in East London, the heart of global music culture. You will learn music journalism by doing it, as a reporter and editor working for UEL Journalism's publications and for external clients.

In addition to practicing music journalism, you will plan your role in its future and develop your own creative projects.

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an 'extended', four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

 

What makes this course different

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Great location

Operate as a music journalist in the capital of the global music industry – London.

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Career prospects

Your byline will appear across a range of publications in print, podcast, video, online and on social media, enabling you to build a substantial professional profile before graduating.

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Unique opportunities

Editorial work placement in your final year.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Our three-year course offers the complete music journalistic education, covering a broad spectrum of subjects.

  • Professional, editorial formats (text, photo, audio, video, social media) for music journalism
  • Story ideas and how to identify them
  • Storytelling - what works and why 
  • Interviewing
  • Reviewing
  • How to collaborate on editorial outputs
  • How to pitch ideas to commissioning editors
  • How to work to a client's brief
  • How to be a commissioning editor
  • Media law
  • Journalism ethics
  • Past, present and future projections of music journalism
  • How to conduct original research and develop commercially viable projects 

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Academic Development

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to embarking on their university degree and successfully completing it and progressing on to a range of potential future career areas.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback.

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    Journalism Portfolio

    The module will introduce students to key theoretical and practical concepts in relation to journalism, reporting, media and professional writing. Students will get a feel for what working as a journalist is really like through a variety of topics from research and interview skills, to proof-reading and self-editing. Students will be required to apply their understanding of theoretical and practical concepts in the form of a portfolio.

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    Narrative and Creativity

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills and knowledge necessary to create oral, visual and written narratives for all kinds of media production. This module aims to give students the theoretical understanding of narrative and creativity. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to consider how these theories shape their chosen subject. Students will be assessed on their ability to present their understanding of narrative theories and give supporting examples of how these apply to various forms of media.

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    Group Film Project

    Students will develop fundamental digital media production skills required to make a film. Over this course of this module, students will work in groups to research and produce a short fiction or non-fiction film for online distribution. Students will also have the opportunity to reflect (critically evaluate) on their own practice in relation to the main topics covered during the module; including professional practice.

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    Professional Development (Mental Wealth)

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for employment and employability and how employability and industry connections are implemented in the curriculum.

    You will begin to recognise the areas for your own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate their reflective skills through collaboration with other undergraduate students and analysing effective approaches to industry briefs and creative problem solving.

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    Essential Journalism

    This module will introduce the range of essential journalistic skills that students will develop as they progress through the programme. We begin by offering students the skills and confidence to write grammatically and effectively. Students will then learn how to gather and analyse news and data from various sources including social media, prior to creating news-oriented content in a range of readily recognisable editorial formats, paying particularly close attention to industry standards in writing and copy-editing.

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    Photo, Audio and Video

    This module focuses on how to use audio, video and stills effectively online. We begin by looking at the rapidly changing nature of multimedia presentation and online interactivity before requiring students to complete a series of exercises in which they are required to shoot, record and edit their own material. The next stage is to enable students to develop original multimedia ideas that they will then publish and promote on their own Wix or WordPress site.

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    Media Law, Ethics and Regulation

    Journalism’s position at the centre of public life means that journalists must operate within a complex set of regulatory, legal and ethical constraints. The purpose of this module is for you to understand the rules and internalise them. Students will learn about legal and ethical traditions pertaining to journalism; you will become familiar with the latest developments in law ethics and regulation.

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    Production Journalism

    For journalists to work effectively and professionally, besides creating content they need to be able to edit copy and process assets for publication. This module builds on the self-editing skills students were introduced to in Essential Journalism, and equips them to prepare unfinished content for publication, taking it through a production process which often entails re-writing copy and re-sizing/cropping the picture. Students will learn about all stages of editorial production, utilising desktop publishing tools not only to correct copy, but also to write headlines and captions, and lay out the content ready for publication.

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    Broadcast Journalism

    This module will equip students with the essential skills necessary to work as journalists in a television or radio newsroom. Following an introductory stage during which we will cover broadcast regulation, students will look at some of the best practice available in this area, before being familiarised with some of the techniques and technology of broadcast newsrooms. They will then be coached on how to research, write and produce reports for both radio and TV, before producing and delivering their own broadcast content.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1 (Rising East)

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 3 or begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches. This will be achieved through the students engagement an internal/external live project, in the form of Rising East.

    Students will have the opportunity to create content and develop their digital proficiencies in the role of multimedia reporters for Rising East. In this position they will focus on the importance of research in journalism, filing content and developing a professional production routine. Students will practice key methods, including digital research methods and qualitative methods used in industry today, including trends and news coverage. Students will learn the conventions of research and analysis, in order to develop a pitch or story proposal in response to a client brief. Their work will be documented in a digital portfolio mapped on to the requirements of NCTJ e-portfolio assessment.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to pursue and acquire skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Through the engagement with the Careers Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches, and where necessary improve their approaches. This will be achieved through the students engagement in an internal/external live project, in the form of Rising East.

    Students will have the opportunity to create content and develop their digital proficiencies in the role of multimedia reporters for Rising East. As ‘beat’ reporters, they themselves will be responsible for designated areas of Rising East’s coverage of East London. In this position they will focus on the importance of research in journalism, filing content regularly and sustaining a professional production routine. Students will practice key methods, including digital research methods and qualitative methods used in industry today. Students will learn the conventions of research and analysis, in order to develop a pitch or story proposal in response to a client brief. Their work will be documented in a digital portfolio.

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    Employment and Enterprise

    This module prepares students for employment in the creative industries and enables self-reflection on career progression.

    Students will develop and enhance their employability and enterprise skillset in preparation for graduate employment opportunities.

    Students will complete a Career Development Project which includes a work placement.

    This will be a self-directed project which they will research and undertake individually, in discussion with the tutors.

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    Features (1): Interviews

    The module begins with the double page spread as the classic format for interview-based, photo-led features in print. Students develop their capacity to integrate text and image on the page, before considering the interview format as it has subsequently developed on other platforms, i.e. in broadcasting and online. Students learn how to control the dynamics of the interview itself – the art of instrumental conversation, and how to implement the various forms in which editorial interviews are presented.

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    Brands and the Magazines Business

    Magazines are a business - or they go out of business. But their 'core business' is reader engagement; and readers relate to a magazine title because its content is exciting and its approach is enticing. How do they do that? How do publishers make readers feel that this is 'my magazine'. What is the role of brands and branding in defining content and establishing relations with readers? How do we analyse a magazine's strengths and weaknesses in addressing target readers and sustaining a relationship with them, in print, online and via social media? What is the shape of today's magazines sector and how does it differ from yesterday's and tomorrow's industry? In this module you will learn research methods and utilise them in the investigation of these questions.

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    Documentary: Publications (1)

    • For students to act as multimedia reporters for Rising East online
    • For students to act as reporters for Rising East magazine, in print.
    • For students to file copy/content regularly – on time and as briefed.
    • For students to maintain professional production routines.
    • For students to develop their reporting and content creation skills by working on real stories in a range of formats.

    [These aims and concomitant learning are similar to the Journalism sub-cluster’s iteration of Mental Wealth 2: this is to enable a year-long publication cycle which sustains the Rising East news brand.]

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    Music Journalism: Platforms and Publications

    • To develop knowledge of the production and consumption of music publications in social context
    • To develop understanding of the business of music publications
    • To study relations between the cultural role and commercial viability of music publications
    • To correlate the development of music publications with the development of music and society
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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Herein they will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Through engagement with the Career Passport, students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, ‘life style’ and ‘self care’ approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Students will have opportunity to work on the live internal/external project, Rising East, in the role of Editor. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

    Students will enact these capabilities by undertaking the role of section editor for Rising East. In this capacity they will take full responsibility for the content of a designated section of this news brand. With academic staff to monitor, support and direct their activities in line with legal, professional and ethical considerations, the student cohort will take the reins of Rising East across various publication platforms.

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    Final Project: Development

    • For students to acquire detailed knowledge of the threats which journalism currently faces
    • For students to become closely familiar with journalism’s current opportunities
    • For students to engage with threat and opportunity as rehearsing journalists
    • For students to come to see themselves as the future of journalism
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    Final Project: Completion

    The module will lead on from the development stage of your self-identified research project based on your preferred choice of production, for example a written dissertation that engages with contemporary debates in media or a complete practice project, produced through a developed programme of research supported by a verbal demonstration of the critical discourses it speaks to.

    The aim of the module is to extend knowledge in the chosen field of research, to produce or write the project according to your planning and to complete and present the final research project within the given time frame. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in an accompanying project portfolio, including production folders for practice projects or reviews of existing academic literature on the written dissertation topic and a comprehensive bibliography.

    Projects will be developed through subject-specific supervision and peer support.

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    Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)

    • For students to act as multimedia commissioners and editors for Rising East online.
    • For students to act as commissioners and editors for Rising East magazine, in print.
    • For students to support and direct reporters to produce content as briefed.
    • For students to devise production schedules & implement them to a professional standard.
    • For students to develop strategies for the promotion of their publications.

    [These aims and concomitant learning are similar to the Journalism sub-cluster’s iteration of Mental Wealth 3: this is to enable a year-long publication cycle which sustains the Rising East news brand.]

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    Features (2): Data and Visualisation

    This module provides the knowledge and skills to enable students to analyse, understand, extract, apply and present data in a range of journalistic styles. As data increasingly form a significant part of a journalist’s professional life, we work through a range of data sources, apply these in the writing of news stories, and present them in a range of visual formats.

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    Music, Markets and Identities

    • To study the development of music markets
    • To study the development of music as a form of cultural identity
    • To correlate markets and identities, exploring their continuities and discontents
    • To develop editorial ideas crafted to engage particular cultural identities

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom are practitioners in the area they teach. Some of the assessments focus on practical skills and are presented as 'live or simulated briefs'. This ensures that the practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and practice. Our staff are  well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contact. Each module is designed with practical components and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to comment on and justify their creative process.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Academic support

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

Workload

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate workload hours per year for this course are:

  • Scheduled teaching - 318 hours
  • Guided independent study - 882 hours

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 5 - 10 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 20 plus students. In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 18 - 20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Coursework will include practical outcomes, e.g. written assignments, podcasts or research-based assignments, individual or group-based films, presentations.

The approximate percentages for this course are: 100% coursework. 

You'll always receive, in-person, written or audio feedback, outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dekan Apajee

Former BBC Broadcast Journalist, with over 14 years’ experience. Currently a Freelance Multimedia Producer and Broadcast Media lecturer.

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Adam Powley

Adam is an experienced lecturer, journalist and author. He has worked for a number of national publications and broadcasters and written over 20 books

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Simon Patrick Miles

Simon Miles is a senior lecturer, teaching at undergraduate level on Journalism and Creative & Professional Writing programmes.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Career destinations include music journalism, lifestyle journalism, music industry PR, branding, marketing and communications. Graduates from our Journalism degrees have gone on to work on a range of news platforms and titles including ITN, Vice, BT Sports, Daily Express, the Irish Post and the Sun. Former students have pursued a career in arts journalism following work placements in music magazines such as Clash. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.