This is a three year programme. The degree is divided in to three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.
During level one, students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of the working skills of a journalist in addition to a range of cognate disciplines. The routines of journalistic practice are introduced in Basic News Reporting which teaches students how to structure and write news stories. Students learn foundational sound and vision skills in Introduction to Broadcasting.
In other subjects, they are given a thorough grounding in old and new media history, computer skills, web development, and digital photography. In addition, students also take two modules, Learning to Learn and Communication for Personal Success, which introduces them to the academic conventions of higher education, and core principles of communication. Both are learner-centred modules which develop academic awareness, communication skills, research skills and encourages learner participation.
At level two, students develop their writing and critical thinking abilities and receive training in specialised areas including feature writing / freelance journalism, shorthand, copy-editing, design and layout. In addition to production skills at Level 2 students develop their understanding of the media landscape, dealing with subjects such as Public Affairs and the legal and ethical dimensions of modern media. Students also get the opportunity to learn more about the multimedia requirements of the modern journalist.
At level three,students will be in a position to consolidate the knowledge they have gained so far. Advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught, and specialist areas such as magazine, entertainment and social media reportage are also examined. New media journalism is covered in year three with the complementary modules, Online Journalism and Online Analytics. Students also undertake a final year project which allows them to explore a detailed journalistic investigation of their choosing.