The programme is divided into three levels, with students commencing the programme at level one and progressing through to level three. The programme is taken in its entirety.
The programme can be completed in four years, attending classes on two nights per week from 6:15 to 9:30pm. Advice on module selection will be available to all students prior to the commencement of the course.
During Level 1 students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of journalism in addition to a range of analytical disciplines. This begins with basic news reporting, which teaches students how to write topical stories. Students then learn television broadcasting skills such as lighting, sound and video recording. At DBS' state-of-the-art radio studio, students also learn on-air techniques and programme production skills. Students will receive a thorough grounding in IT, and digital photography skills. Social policy is also covered, along with a media and cultural studies module. Students attend the Journalism Learning Lab, which is a year long module dealing with academic, communication and researcg competencies.
At Level 2 students develop their writing skills and receive training in specialised areas including feature writing/freelance journalism, shorthand, and copy-editing, design and layout. In addition to production skills at Level 2 students develop their understanding of the journalism profession, studying modules such as news story analysis and media law.
At Level 3 students will be in a position to consolidate the skills and knowledge they have gained so far. They will also have the opportunity to become involved in the production of radio programmes and a magazine. Advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught and specialist areas such as business, magazine, and sports reportage are also examined. In Speed Skills for Reporters, students improve their shorthand, typing, IT and copy-editing capabilities prior to graduation. New media journalism is also looked at in year three, and at this level students study the roles and responsibilities of journalists and the position of the profession internationally. Students also undertake a final year research thesis.