School of Arts and Digital Industries
New minds, creative talent and professionalism
Media and Journalism
Welcome The School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London (UEL) is a forward thinking school in the thriving artistic, cultural hot bed of east London. The school has a great breadth of academic activity from a wide variety of disciplines which will provide a unique flavour to your experience at UEL. Our academic staff create a diverse and innovative learning environment that will not only challenge you, but also expose you to a rich mix of culture and knowledge. The school is supported by excellent technical and administrative support staff and courses are taught in purpose-built facilities to ensure you have a full suite of resources available to you throughout your study. The school is committed to maintaining high standards in all areas. We have excellent engagement with industry, and cultural and community organisations across London and beyond. You will be able to develop your creative skills, collaborate across disciplines, have access to exciting projects and work placements and complete a qualification that will offer you great employment opportunities for the future.
Simon Robertshaw Head of the School of Arts and Digital Industries
Media Journ From television and film to audio and mobile communication, modern life is being reshaped by the media and communication environment. At UEL, our courses offer the perfect mix of practice and theory, propelling you towards a rewarding future in the creative industries. You’ll have the exciting opportunity to learn practical skills while taking advantage of our unrivalled facilities, including a dedicated film production studio and edit suites and UEL’s unique Writing Centre - which presents a lively programme of events including readings by visiting authors. Our courses are taught by internationally renowned academics and expert professional practitioners who have made an impact in the world of film, television, writing and reporting, We have superb industry connections, from top news organisations to film production companies. Our students have had work placements at newspapers such as the Daily Mail and The Times, while others have had the chance to work at Pride magazine, Time Warner, The Voice and the Financial Times, as well as television, postproduction and PR agencies.
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Undergraduate courses BA (Hons) Advertising UCAS code: N561 / Points 112 The world is filled with advertising. From street billboards to TV catchphrases, from the back of newspapers to the front of football shirts, from internet pop-ups to… well, anywhere with an empty space to fill. It’s a huge, rich part of our everyday life and cultural experience – and it’s changing fast. At the University of East London, we offer you a unique insight into this exciting, swift-moving world. You’ll learn all about the advertising industry: what it does, how it works and how it’s changing in relation to the world that it shapes and that helps shape it.
BA (Hons) Media & Communication UCAS code: P300 / Points: 112 The Media and Communication course offers a fresh and innovative diet of study, in which you will be introduced to a set of debates concerning media influence and ownership that will provide the context for media production. Offering specialist areas of study in television, radio, film, music, publishing, marketing communications, social media and convergent digital
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media, the course will enable you to consider media and communication in relation to the broader themes of culture, creative work and the imaginative life of society. You will develop key skills valued by employers in the media and creative industries, which are suitable for a wide range of graduate jobs. Led by active, published researchers and media producers. With foundation year: UCAS code: P301 / Points 64
BA (Hons) Film UCAS code: W620 / Points: 112 BA (Hons) Film at UEL offers an original combination of moving image production and film studies, where filmmaking is theoretically engaged and theory informs creativity. You study the character and conditions of cinema and film, locating the significance of motion pictures in the long view of their historical development. You have the opportunity to develop the craft skills of cinematic production through modules focused on documentary, fiction, screenwriting and avant-garde filmmaking. The moving image studio and
media production service support you through workshops and skills development and you have access to bespoke, cutting edge facilities. With foundation year: UCAS code: W622 / Points 64
BA (Hons) Journalism UCAS code: P500 / Points 112 On our increasingly well-regarded journalism course we develop enquiring minds so that you will be the ones to report tomorrow’s stories and find the answers to today’s questions. If you want to become a journalist and explore what journalism is and where it’s heading, this is the perfect course for you. Guided by staff with 100 years of combined journalistic expertise between them, you’ll be given a practical grounding in print, radio, photo and online journalism.
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism UCAS code: P502 / Points 112 Wembley. The Olympic Stadium. Lord’s. Wimbledon. Twickenham. Have you ever dreamed of working as a sports writer there? Well, our Sports Journalism degree students
have reported from all of these iconic venues in the past few years. Our course offers an exciting but practical, hands-on approach to learning how to report on sport. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be fully trained as a multiplatform journalist, ready to write for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the internet and mobile apps.
Postgraduate courses MA Filmmaking Learn from leading filmmakers in world-class facilities and you could soon be following in the footsteps of UEL alumni who are enjoying successful careers in the worlds of film production and exhibition, artists’ moving image and academic film studies.
Enhance your career with industry led Master’s courses at the University of East London. Our Master’s courses are enriched by international networks and industry collaborations.
Our innovative MA Filmmaking course, believes its biggest strength is its diversity. With a combination of theory and practice, you’ll learn about documentary, fiction, artists’ film and multichannel installation and you’ll explore your own creative voice by completing five or more projects, culminating in a substantial thesis film.
MA Media, Communication and Global Development Are you interested in engaging with some of the most important topics in today’s globalised world while enhancing your analytical and media production skills? We will provide you with a conducive environment to learn about and participate in debates such as: What is the role of citizen journalists in mediating
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development news?; How can ICTs contribute to development and development communication?; How can we better understand and communicate the realities of globalisation and sustainable development?; How can media production practices be critically informed?; What are the dynamics linking conflict, religion, displacement and human insecurity?; How does the media represent environmental issues?
MA Media and Communication Industries The media industries that inform and entertain are also leading sectors of employment. This course explores both the cultural and economic aspects of media. Today, more than ever, media professionals need to understand the cultures, forms and practices of contemporary communication industries, and recognize and respond to changing conditions, challenges and policy issues. You will explore media and marketing communications industries from the global to the local, and from political economic aspects to the creativity of media practitioners and users. You will examine contemporary convergence across media, marketing and promotional
industries and will be supported in your independent investigation into chosen aspects of digital publishing, audiovisual and social media, advertising, public relations and other marketing communications industries.
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Resources and facilities Access to resources including: –– –– –– –– –– ––
As a media and journalism studies student at UEL you will have access to a huge range of resources.
AV edit suits Radio studio Recording studios Multi-purpose studios Black Box Studio The Writing Centre
Events and competitions ADI Summer Showcase The end of each academic year culminates in the ADI Summer Showcase, in which students exhibit their year’s work and showcase their achievements. The event is attended by industry, partners and potential employers and is a celebration of student talent.
Creative Competitions Across the year you have the opportunity to display your talents in creative competitions in which teams develop media outputs, often competing with teams from other universities. The final results are often judged by industry professionals, who offer internships and prizes for the winners.
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Careers Media and journalism are, of course, competitive worlds to enter. You’ll have a head start at UEL, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for. They will support you with extracurricular activities that focus on entrepreneurship and employability. Our students have gone on to jobs in television, film, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations as well as careers in teaching and education. One of our graduates went on to become an editor of The Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper. Another of our alumni became the editor of The Irish Post within three years of graduating. Other graduates have gone on to pursue work at ITN, and to write for major TV soap operas — including EastEnders. Others have chosen to continue their studies, taking an MA in Creative Writing or a PhD in Journalism.
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10 reasons you’ll be glad you came to UEL
19,000 current students from 120 different nationalities. The best years of your life, at university you’ll meet people of all ages and from all backgrounds, making friends that will last a lifetime.
Each year we provide our students with free core e-textbooks so that they can access key reading materials wherever they are.
94% of our research was ‘internationally recognised’ or higher (REF 2014).
26 sports clubs and over 60 societies. You’ll have fun with plenty of time to pursue your passions outside of formal learning whether they are for a subject, a hobby or cause.
5 dedicated funding schemes to help you develop personally and professionally. Through our Going Global, Global Scholars, London Scholars, Civic Engagement Fund and Civic Engagement Scholarship, you’ll have opportunities to broaden your horizons by travelling abroad as part of your course or by bidding for funding to undertake community or studyrelated projects at home or overseas.
17% of our research rated world leading, the highest possible ranking, and a further 45% internationally excellent. You will be inspired by academic staff who are passionate about their subjects and learning more through ground-breaking research they will share with you.
10 top skills employers want. You’ll develop the leadership and professional skills to give you the edge in the job market - verbal communication, teamwork, commercial awareness, research and analysis, initiative/self motivation, drive, written communication, planning and organisation, flexibility and time management
84% of our students feel their course has developed them personally. You’ll have your mind stretched, your eyes opened and we’ll help you redefine your limits.
87% of our graduates in work or further study after six months. You’ll gain an academic qualification that will help you find the rewarding career you’ve dreamed about – both in terms of fulfilment and earning power.
70,000 alumni. You’ll gain lifelong membership of a global community of alumni across the globe.
How to apply Undergraduate applications All applications for full-time undergraduate courses starting in September are made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS). UCAS offers a secure, web-based application system which allows you to track your application. To register for UCAS, please go to ucas.com and follow the step-by-step guide. You will need the University of East London institution code which is E28. For a full breakdown of course entry requirements by qualification visit ucas.com
Postgraduate applications Visit uel.ac.uk and search for the course you wish to apply for. Use the How to Apply section to apply directly using UEL’s secure online form.
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Brochure for the University of East London's Media and Journalism courses.