The world of journalism is changing at an unprecedented rate. This programme offers an individual and innovative blend of contemporary, multi-media journalism that ensures graduates are prepared for the future of a rapidly developing industry.
You won't just learn how to be a journalist, but why and how good journalism matters by putting it in its wider cultural context.
Why study BA Journalism at Goldsmiths?
- You’ll be taught by media professionals with extensive industry experience and leading academics involved in ground-breaking research
- You’ll learn the latest techniques in video, data and mobile journalism, digital and coding practices and essential reporting and writing skills
- You’ll build up a portfolio of work, get advice on careers and work experience and benefit from our close links with London’s thriving media
- All students work on breaking news stories covering issues that really matter to the local community on Eastlondonlines.co.uk
- The Department of Media and Communications is ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of its research (Research Excellence Framework)
This degree is part of our School of Journalism. Find out more about what we do and other degrees we teach.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor
What you'll study
Whatever kind of journalist you are seeking to become, we will give you the right combination of practical skills and the wider understanding to launch a successful career in this new, digital, multi platform world. The programme draws on the award-winning expertise of our MA Journalism and MA/MSc Digital Journalism programmes, many of whose graduates are in key positions in the news media.
The programme delivers a range of journalistic and technical skills – including news writing, web programming, data visualisation and video reporting – as well as more theoretical underpinning, giving students essential background in media law, public affairs and the wider context of journalism and the media. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original, creative and intellectual work.
Year 1 (credit level 4)
All modules in your first year are compulsory:
|Year 1 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs||15 credits|
|Introduction to News and Features||30 credits|
|Web Programming||15 credits|
|Designing Digital Interactions||15 credits|
|Media History and Politics||15 credits|
|Key Debates in Media Studies||15 credits|
Year 2 (credit level 5)
You will take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 2 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Data Journalism and Visualisation||15 credits|
|Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing||15 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||15 credits|
|News and Power in a Globalised Context||15 credits|
|Feature Writing||15 credits|
|Video Reporting||15 credits|
and EITHER the following 30 credit module:
|Multimedia Journalism||30 credits|
OR Extended Research and Writing (15 credits) and one module from the list of Media Communications Level 5 modules or from the following History modules (15 credits):
|London's Burning: Social Movement and Public Protest in the Capital, 1830-2003||15 credits|
|Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora||15 credits|
|Homosexuality and Capitalism||15 credits|
Year 3 (credit level 6)
You take two core modules:
|Year 3 core modules||Module title||Credits|
|Journalism in Context||15 credits|
|Final Multimedia Project and Portfolio||60 credits|
You also choose a combination of option modules up to a total of 45 credits:
|Year 3 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Arts, Fashion and Culture Journalism||15 credits|
|Radio Journalism in a Multimedia Context||15 credits|
|Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice||15 credits|
|Structure of Contemporary Political Communication||15 credits|
|Media and Communications Work Placement||15 credits|
|The City and Consumer Culture||15 credits|
|Embodiment and Experience||15 credits|
|Media Geographies||15 credits|
|Media, Ethnicity and Nation||15 credits|
|Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures||15 credits|
|Strategies in World Cinema||15 credits|
|Social Media in Everyday Life||15 credits|
|Digital Venture Creation||15 credits|
|Data Mining||15 credits|
|Archaeology of the Moving Image||15 credits|
A dissertation (30 credits) and one option module from either department (15 credits)
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.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 2 - 20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning
- Year 3 - 18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% practical
- Year 2 - 66% coursework, 5% written exam, 29% practical
- Year 3 - 100% coursework
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
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
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 of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing 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.
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.
You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Fees & funding
Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.
Additional costs for this programme
We provide free reader packs and other essential readings to download on our virtual learning environment.
The Department will provide access to video cameras and mikes and tripods for video reporting, and DSLRs with lenses for photo-journalism, as well as access to computers with Adobe Premiere Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop. However, you are required to own a smartphone for mobile journalism and to buy you own USB drives for submitting work for assessment. We will advise you on the best free apps to use for editing video and photos on mobile phones.
Some modules require travel in and around London, in order to gather stories and interview people. You may choose to travel further afield in order to interview people for your final multi-media project, at your own expense, however this is not a requirement.
You can choose to do a work placement module as one of your option modules, and may have to cover your travel costs to the placement. The minimum commitment for placements is 10 working days.
EastLondonLines is an independent news website run by the School of Journalism in the Department of Media and Communications. 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 School academic and technical staff.
It began in November 2009 as a means of giving students an opportunity to work as professional journalists in a real life environment. The area covered by the site is a large, diverse, multi-cultural and vibrant part of London, ranging from inner city Hackney in the North to Croydon on the southern borders of London and provides exciting and varied journalistic challenges.
Journalism students also contribute to London Multimedia News which collates London based news stories with a radio and sound focus and are able to take part in broadcasts through our radio and television studios.
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
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 Media and Communications careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.