UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Journalism and Creative Writing

Apply From: 18th of June 2018
Application Deadline: 30th of March 2020
Start Date:

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Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (grade 9-4) or above, or a relevant Level 2 qualification. It is essential that you obtain a GCSE in English a grade C (grade 4) or above; equivalent qualifications to GCSE English will also be considered. Previous experience in a media related subject is beneficial but not essential.

You will attend an interview at the college and be required to provide evidence of the following:

  • a piece of written work relating to journalism

  • a recent school report from your current or previous place of study (covering attendance rates and classroom behaviour).

  • predicted grades and/or prior qualifications.

  • any practical media related work (if applicable).

Who is the course for

This course is for those who are creative and wish to develop their interest in journalism and creative writing. The course is designed with a dual focus in mind to help you gain the necessary skills for both university and to enable you to work in the creative media industry.

Course Content

The course is full time and normally spread over two years, but for some students there is the option to only study for one year.

Over the course of the two years you will be learning about a variety of different areas within the journalism and creative writing sectors. The course consists of a variety of projects relating to media production, journalism, and creative writing.

You will learn about the industry, and develop your core production, research, and writing skills. You will also have the opportunity to learn about a variety topics including: factual programming, print, online, and broadcast journalism, photography and photojournalism, podcasting, script writing, blogging and vlogging. In additional to all of this you will also study the essential theoretical and contextual aspects of journalism and creative writing.

The course is part of a full study programme that we offer at the college. This means that students may be required to study maths (up to a grade C at GCSE level) alongside journalism and creative writing. This to ensure that students are better equipped for life beyond college either at university or working in industry.

The study programme also includes Directed Learning; where the students are encouraged to perform independent tasks in order to improve their understanding of the subject.

The course follows the University of Arts London (UAL) specification and will include a total 8 units for the Diploma (one year) and 13 units (two years). Unit examples include:

  • Introduction to media processes and technical skills
  • Introduction to design and research skills in creative media production
  • Introduction to professional practice in creative media production
  • Critical and contextual awareness in creative media production
  • Investigating audio production and technology
  • Investigating visual production and technology
  • Investigating interactive production and technology
  • Developing a creative media production project.

Study Methods

Students will be working in industry standard studios, on location and be given access to professional editing facilities.

You will be working on productions in practical, theoretical and written ways, delivering a combination of production and written work for assessment.

How is the course assessed

This course contains no exams, and is assessed through coursework only.

Where next - Further Studies

Students completing the first year Diploma may continue onto the second year Extended Diploma. After completing the Extended Diploma students will have the equivalent of 3 A Levels, and enough UCAS points to apply for appropriate university courses. The majority of our students go on to study a media related course at university, but are not necessarily limited in subject choice.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Students will also be able to search and apply for a broad range of roles within the creative media industry; including apprenticeships.