BA (Hons)
Journalism

This programme offers an innovative blend of contemporary multimedia journalism that ensures you're prepared for the future of a rapidly developing news industry.

Why study BA Journalism at Goldsmiths

  • 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.
  • 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 and 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.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Omega Douglas.

UCAS code

P500

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Fees (2022 entry)

Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £18640

Department

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Top facilities
Our department offers hands-on experience. Depending on your programme you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities and equipment.
Research leaders
Our department has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.
Learn from the experts
Our academics are industry professionals and you'll have access to industry speakers and networking events.

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What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

All modules in your first year are compulsory:

Module title Credits
Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs 15 credits
Introduction to Digital Methods in Journalism 15 Credits
Introduction to Multimedia Journalism 30 credits
News and Culture 15 credits
Key Debates in Media Studies 15 credits
Introduction to Video Reporting 15 credits
Digital Methods in Journalism 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

How you'll be assessed

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.

Note

Due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Download programme specification

If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

What our students say

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Kunyu Wang

"Due to Goldsmiths' amazing location, students can benefit from its close links with London’s thriving media."

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

GCSE Maths at Grade C/4. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please check our list of equivalent qualifications.

As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it's important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course. You may be asked for examples of written work and called to interview.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £18640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

The Royal Television Society runs two bursary schemes: the Technology Bursary and the TV Production and Journalism Bursary. The schemes are designed to support people from lower-income backgrounds to pursue a career in the television industry.
 
RTS bursary recipients benefit from:
  • financial support
  • free RTS membership
  • networking events

This prestigious award also offers a real opportunity to gain insight into the industry and build a network of key contacts. As a bursary recipient you receive £1000 per year of study, membership of the Royal Television Society and affiliate membership of the Club while studying, one year's free membership of the Royal Television Society when you graduate and in the second or third year of your course we will aim to set up a mentoring opportunity with one of our many industry mentors.

If you are interested in current affairs journalism or documentary production, your application can be considered for one of two Steve Hewlett awards, worth an extra £1000 per year.

For more details, visit the RTS website.

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Journalism work

Students on BA Journalism produce a range of journalistic work from long-form investigative articles to podcasts. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to EastLondonLines, an independent news website run by the School of Journalism in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. The site runs throughout the year and students on all journalism programmes spend time working on the site. gaining valuable experience and building up their CVs. You work under the supervision of academic and technical staff.

To read some written journalism examples and to find out more about our students' work you can explore our dedicated student work page.

Careers

What kind of careers might you seek as a BA Journalism graduate?

  • As a specialist journalist, using data visualisation and mapping to tell stories about key issues like crime, politics or the environment
  • As a reporter, live blogging a football match for a sports website or a catwalk for a fashion magazine
  • As a website reporter or editor, assembling multi-media stories or ‘live’ reporting, and using social media to interact with readers and viewers

But such is the pace of change you might be pursuing careers and using digital methods we cannot yet imagine… You can read more about possible career options after you graduate on our careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.

Skills

Some of the skills you'll develop during a journalism degree include:

  • A range of journalistic skills - from news researching, writing and editing to data visualisation and video reporting
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in assessing evidence and in expressing ideas clearly
  • An ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
  • Computing skills, in web programming and creating digital projects
  • Communications skills applicable across a wide range of media-related careers

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