Glyndwr University School of Business

Broadcasting and Journalism

Glyndwr University School of Business
In Wrexham

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Wrexham (Wales)
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Wrexham (Wales)
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    Different dates available
Description

Why choose this course? Our broadcasting, journalism and media communications degree will prepare you for a range of roles within the creative industries.



It will equip you with multimedia skills which lend themselves to a range of careers.



This innovative media degree delivers an inspiring combination of theoretical knowledge and practice-based training that will make you employable across the media industry.



Our experienced lecturers are media professionals drawn from broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, new media and public relations.



We have an impressive range of modern facilities on-site including a state-of-the art TV production studio, an FM community radio station and well-equipped multimedia rooms complete with an extensive Apple Mac suite.



You can also choose to study this course as a foundation year BA (Hons) Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications (4 years including foundation year). UCAS code:PP3M

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Wrexham
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Mold Road, LL11 2AW

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What you'll learn on the course

IT
Media
Skills and Training
Broadcasting
Communications
Industry
Communication Training
Radio
Project
IT Law
Law
Multimedia
Public
Production
Presentation
Writing
Public Relations
Art

Course programme

  • Students benefit from learning a wide range of multimedia skills and getting involved in real projects for industry clients, enabling our graduates to hit the ground running when they go on to work in the creative industries.
  • Regular use of the state-of-the-art broadcast and online facilities in the Centre for the Creative Industries – also home to BBC Wales and Wrexham’s community radio station Calon FM.
  • Award-winning community radio station Calon FM offers opportunities for our students to volunteer either behind the scenes or as a presenter.
  • We have close links with the BBC Wales offices within our Centre for the Creative Industries and a number of our students have benefited from work placements there.
  • Hands-on experience - work on live projects in broadcasting and print.
  • Excellent work experience opportunities in the media.
  • Taught by lecturers currently working in the media and with many years of experience in broadcasting – lecturer and radio producer Sally Harrison was a finalist at the 2016 BBC Audio Drama Awards ‘Monster’ – a drama about male aggression.

Throughout the course you will be putting your new found skills into action through a variety of project work with real industry clients, enabling you to strengthen your experience ready for graduation.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The first year introduces the skills you will need to work in broadcasting, journalism and media communications. This includes a grounding in producing journalism and broadcast material, learning about the media business, along with an introduction to media law.

Modules

  • Personal, Professional and Academic Skills: This module helps you get started on your academic studies over the next three years as well as providing essential support in your own personal and professional development.
  • Ground Floor Journalism: This module gets you started on understanding the world of journalism. Practical workshop sessions, based on real-life scenarios, will help you explore and develop news gathering skills across different media platforms such as newspapers, magazines and websites. The emphasis is on bringing in your own news stories to research and develop. From there you will be guided through the skills of writing accurate, balanced and concise news. We will work closely with the community radio station, Calon FM, local newspapers, magazines and websites to produce real news for real news platforms.
  • Language, Rhetoric and Communication: You will examine communication theory, sender/message/receiver and the key elements of semiotic theory, including codes of communication, connotation/denotation and discourse analysis. We will examine language and rhetoric in various forms of media communication and analyse the ways in which media texts persuade and control readers, audiences and viewers.
  • The Media Business: You may be burning to launch your career in the media – but there is so much to choose from. This module sets the scene for the media industry and gives you the essential information you need to understand how the communication industry works and decide which of the huge range of careers would be best suited to you.
  • Broadcasting and Presentation Skills: By focusing on key skills for personal presentation and projection, you will explore the essential communication and personal competencies required for media communications and public relations. In this module you will be encouraged to develop these skills through practical activities and the use of video, radio and presentations.
  • Introduction to Media Law and Regulation: Media law is an essential for all those who want to work as journalists, broadcasters or in any part of the communication industry. This module introduces you to the basics of copyright, defamation and contempt as well as guiding you through the regulatory codes that affect all aspects of the media business.

Year 2 (level 5)

The second year builds on your first year knowledge and skills, delving deeper into aspects of broadcasting, journalism and media communications.

Modules

  • Multi-Media Journalism: In this module you will continue to develop your journalistic skills of news gathering and production and apply them across a range of media platforms. Sessions will include the chance to set up an on-line news site as well as learn new skills in video journalism and developing user-generated content. Lecturers will guide you on developing news stories through features, blogs, news alerts and links in an ever-converging multi-media news agenda.
  • Professional and Academic Research Methods: This module aims to build on academic study skills gained at level 4 and to introduce research skills appropriate for both academic and industry purposes. Such research skills will help to equip students for both academic work and work on live projects, as well as their future careers. Students will also build on their journalism skills to both research and write a news feature on a topic to be agreed with their tutor.
  • Media Law in Society: This module aims to give you a detailed understanding of the restrictions imposed on public communication to comply with the legal and regulatory framework on defamation and contempt. The module builds on core work at level 4, in which students examine the social and cultural dimensions of media communications and are introduced to the basics of media law and regulation.
  • Integrated Media Communications: Students will get the chance to get hands-on experience of the communications industry in a collaborative project with a real client. The fully integrated multi-media project puts their creative, communication and organisational skills to the test. This year students worked on one of two live projects, including a partnership with North Wales Police to devise a campaign to improve student safety. The integrated project gives students the chance to put their creative, communication and organisational skills to the test and at the same time meet the needs of a real world client with an industry standard product. Arrangements are being finalised for this year’s high profile and exciting project.
  • The Media Business 2: This module will allow students to practice how they might transfer the particular skills acquired at Level 4 into a variety of media environments – and to instil a positive approach to the challenges of entering a competitive environment. The module will build upon Level 4 work with the Careers Centre furthering the process of consideration of work-placement and application.
  • The Commissioning Process – Selling ideas: The aim of this module is to provide each student with an awareness of the entrepreneurial and creative skills required as a freelance media practitioner and in various types of media employment where weekly, monthly or annual commissioning rounds require innovative thought alongside linear requirements. Students will learn how to operate successfully as a media-practitioner within a challenging and competitive set of industries. Building upon practical experiences of level 4, students are given the opportunity to metaphorically ‘stretch their legs’ in terms of creative thought processes – reinforcing their knowledge of professional standards.

Year 3 (Level 6)

The third year enables you to focus in on certain aspects of your studies at Wrexham Glyndŵr, working on specialist project and portfolio work and building on your media law knowledge.

Modules

  • Case Study/Project: This module provides the opportunity to develop an independent critical and analysis-based piece of research into a case study of one specialist media practice of your choice. It promotes the application and development of independent research and investigation at an advanced level. You’ll deepen your knowledge of a particular aspect of the communications industry, provide documented evidence of independent supervised research and compile a portfolio of supporting material for assessment.
  • Ethics in the Media: This module aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the ethical issues associated with modern journalism. It aims to equip them with analytical skills to help them resolve ethical and moral dilemmas from the real world of journalism and the media. It will build on the students’ studies of the legal and regulatory framework at level 4 and 5.
  • Applied Broadcasting Practice: Television, Radio and Online: This module will ask you to create a digital portfolio that comprises of an online ‘CV’ and a showcase of creative ability and skills base. You will further develop your understanding of advanced principles of audio and visual studio and ‘on location’ application in TV and radio.
  • It will also develop an advanced understanding of writing and creating content for the Web. You will gain practical experience of television and radio broadcasting in conjunction with interactive and online media at a professional level. The aim here is to achieve a high enough quality of work, suitable for show to prospective employers, clients or providers of post-graduate scholarship.
  • Media Project and Portfolio: You will create your final portfolio for presentation within the media discipline of your choice. Past students’ projects have included the production and promotion of a healthy school meals video for Wrexham County Borough Council’s education department, creatively devising suitable promotional tools to bring more visitors to historic National Trust property Chirk Castle and writing and producing a digital magazine for the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s League of Friends charity organisation. This module bridges the two strands and provides you with the opportunity for independent specialist practise towards completion of a final portfolio. You’ll be mentored in developing further the professional techniques and practices you’ve developed so far in your studies of media communications.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.


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