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Digital Journalism
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Digital Journalism

International Scholarships available

Overview

In the age of mobile technology, anyone can use their phone to take pictures and video and send their stories across the globe as soon as they happen, but it is the quality of the material that matters. You will develop the skills and confidence to spot a story and think about the different ways it could be told, whether using photography, sound or the written word.

You will learn the art of taking a striking picture, the techniques for writing editorial content and how to use industry-standard editing software. You will gain the ability to work in a collaborative environment through group projects, including an online magazine. For each edition you will take on a new role, learning the varied skills involved in producing a publication. We will encourage you to keep the audience for your stories at the forefront of your mind and teach you how to tailor your content for a particular readership.

We will keep you up to date with advances in digital journalism to ensure your learning is current and fully prepares you for the future. You will learn about how media has shifted from print to online and assess the impact this is having on journalism, giving you the knowledge and ability to adapt to these changes.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.


Your learning is grounded in real-world experiences such as work placements and internships. You could work with a local newspaper or pitch your ideas to an online publication and get your stories in the path of professionals.

You can also practise your skills with Be Media, our Students' Union's student-led media project. They provide support and industry links for budding writers, designers, presenters, producers, editors and photographers.

You will have the opportunity to meet journalists and publishers from industry through guest lectures and workshops. Previous speakers have included Rob Orchard, a journalist and publishing director. Our teaching team also boasts expertise from across media and journalism, so you will learn from tutors who have had their work published globally in print and online.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Sandwich year
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Student work

Rachel Kenyon
Rachel Kenyon
Rachel Kenyon
Rachel Kenyon
Simon Reddington
Simon Reddington
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Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:96 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Ajay Kumar

Careers

Ajay Kumar
Studio Manager Accent Clothing

BSc (Hons) Photographic Journalism (now Digital Journalism)

“"The expertise and passion of my tutors made my time at university a pleasure. I'm still in touch with them and I've been asked to return to Leeds Beckett to talk to current students. I've even taken on placement students from the course to work with me here at Accent Clothing, so I'm able to share with them my experiences and pass on the skills I learned on my course."

Teaching and learning

Be prepared for a career in digital journalism and related areas in the rapidly changing digital creative industries. With equal emphasis on the technical and aesthetic aspects of Digital journalism, the course takes you through the process of capturing, processing and publishing digital imagery. We look at advanced digital manipulation techniques of moving and still images, the theory behind the meaning of images and the way that new technologies are changing and challenging journalism. Taught using practical workshops and theoretical lectures, you will develop a large portfolio of visual imagery including sound and video, showing a broad but targeted range of technical and creative skills.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Learn the foundation skills of Photography & Moving Images, Theory and Journalism. You will be introduced to modules that develop essential practical and academic proficiency in these three streams, and you will apply these to more challenging projects. You will explore digital photography and moving image in greater depth, analyse the role of journalism in wider culture and begin to develop your practice as digital journalists.
Overall workload
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294 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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906 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

Explore how to capture digital photography and video as you learn about planning a shoot, using lighting and manual camera controls. You'll produce a portfolio of work to showcase these skills.

Learn the key skills involved in journalism and content production including news gathering, interview skills and the techniques involved in multi-platform publishing.

Look back over history to find out how innovations in technology have affected journalistic content and methods of coverage. You'll also consider the impact of editorial content on society as a whole.

Consider how editorial content is used to construct cultural identity and how images communicate their meaning.

Gain an understanding of how to polish and edit content ready for publishing using complex image processing tools.

Build your confidence in creating story ideas and brand concepts. We'll encourage you to be forward thinking, helping you to identify gaps in the editorial market and journalistic technology.

Continue to develop your skills gained in Year One at an intermediate level. You will be introduced to a set of core competencies that are required in the professional practice of both editorial photography and journalism. You will also focus on employability in the digital journalism context as your studies reflect industry practices, and you will produce an online publication through contemporary editorial workflows.
Overall workload
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265 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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935 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

We'll introduce you to the industry standards for written journalism, with an emphasis on digital platforms, helping you develop your core journalistic skills.

Gain a practical knowledge of the copyright law and codes of practice that affect photojournalists working lives.

Develop your practical and creative skills through a series of assignments which focus on features photography suitable for magazine publication.

Work alongside your fellow students to identify potential gaps in the market for new brands and develop a house style, design templates and editorial content for your new idea.

Deepen your understanding of the impact digital journalism can have on current affairs and how it can drive change in society.

Following on from The Business of Journalism 1, explore the production and post-production of editorial content for your brand.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Explore issues in the Future of Journalism in theoretical terms that arise during the development and execution of the double module Production Project. You will further advance your skills and choose from optional modules to specialise in your interests and career pathways. You will develop and create a piece of work through self-directed practice, and develop your research self-reflective and project management skills. You will also develop your professional practice and be encouraged to establish and maintain industry contacts as you become ready for your career or further studies.
Overall workload
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216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
10%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
90%
Core Modules

Use the knowledge you've gained throughout your course to plan and develop a project from a client-led brief.

Build your skills with a series of workshops exploring photographic technique, creative language for editorial feature writing, design for editorial publications and creative project development.

This is your opportunity to promote you and your work - workshops will help you select work, identify markets, construct pitches and showcase your work in a suitable format.

Research and write an extended essay examining the issues impacting on the future of journalism. Your tutor will help you choose an essay title that's relevant to your Production Project.

Option modules may include:

Gain an understanding of the physics, mechanics and history of photography and image processing.

Focus on editorial portraits, features and fashion photography as you explore the stages involved in a constructed photographic project, from initial concept through to post-production.

Develop skills in recording and broadcasting audio and providing an understanding of writing and programme content creation for radio.

Portraiture: Identity & Representation

Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
Senior Lecturer
Sarah's experience is vast and varied. She has worked on consumer, contract and business publications, including The Sunday Times, Time Out London and NW (a leading celebrity magazine in Australia). As a journalist, she spent two years working in Australia, a year and a half in UAE and six months in Hungary. She is currently developing her own online publication, Yella, and is researching into the impact of print on readerships for her PhD.
It's an exciting time for journalism, with developments in technology continuing to shake up the industry. But the very heart of journalism remains the same – it's all about the hunger to find a story and portray it in the most accurate and engaging way possible.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)
  • End of year exhibition
    (You will part fund your End of Year Exhibition in year 3. Sponsorship will also be sought. If your exhibition is a profitable event, any profit will then be shared between yourself and other students)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All software used on the course if a student version is available

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Accommodation / travel / commuting costs incurred during any placements
    (Payments for these costs should be negotiated as part of the placement itself, or considered as any other normal outgoing while working would be. Placements are usually paid)
  • End of year exhibition
    (You will part fund your End of Year Exhibition in year 3. Sponsorship will also be sought. If your exhibition is a profitable event, any profit will then be shared between yourself and other students)

Course-specific optional costs

  • A laptop running Windows 10
    (Laptops can be borrowed from the university for free should you choose not to purchase your own and all computer labs at the university run Windows 10)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Editing facilities
    Editing facilities

    We'll provide you with up-to-date, industry-standard software, including editing software and Adobe Cloud.

  • Sound recording studios
    Sound recording studios

    You will have access to 10 recording studios complete with control rooms, live areas, instruments, amps, mixing facilities and editing suites.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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