Exeter College

FdA Journalism

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • JPM110 Continuous Professional Development

    • JPM113 Broadcast Journalism

      Students will be introduced the professional skills a successful broadcast journalist needs. The module looks at production skills in audio and podcasting and introduces TV reporting, developing these skills further during a weeks residential in Paris.

    • JPM114 Feature Journalism

      This module looks at feature writing in its broadest sense for a variety of media, in print and online. It looks at commissioning, writing to defined styles, researching, interviewing and dealing with editors. Students will produce a portfolio of work and demonstrate an understanding of working within this particular field. In addition, students will work with desk-top publishing and investigate design theory.

    • JPM115 Journalism and Society

      This module introduces students to the issues, concepts and structures of UK society essential to a working journalist. This includes three areas of society: political, economic and cultural. The first centres on awareness of public administration and political structures in the UK; the second centres on awareness of business and economic structures affecting journalists; the third focuses on media and popular culture.

    • JPM116 Newsroom

      This module will equip students with essential skills in news reporting and research, using a wide range of media from print to digital. They will understand contemporary news practices in the context of journalism's institutions, codes and new technologies. They will also be aware of media law and ethical issues relevant to news reporting.

    • JPM118 TV Journalism

      This is an introduction to basic TV studio news production techniques and an opportunity to identify areas for exploration through reflection. You will develop your evaluative and analytical skills by exploring the studio roles and their demands. You will produce a TV programme with supporting documentation.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • JPM203 Research and Employment Skills

      This module aims to equip the student for life as a working journalist. It investigates a range of areas affecting the daily life of the journalist, in whatever field the graduate chooses to work within. This includes knowledge areas such as politics, government and public administration, and areas which are essential for a sustainable career as a journalist such as freelance working methods, taxation responsibilities and self-employment practices. It also looks at how to work with news organisations, image banks and other providers of services to the journalist. Within print and online news organisations it looks at jobs and roles. The module supports the student in other modules in stage 2 and beyond, in terms of study skills and researching.

    • JPM205 Independent Study

      This module will allow students to investigate an area of interest to them, (including electives in FdA Performance Production/ Television Production/ Music / Creative DV). The resulting work may be either written, such as an in depth research and production project on sports journalism, or moving image such as a short film, or involving new media or installation, or performance. The work will be student-led, but must be approved by the tutor before commencement. A core element of this module is the ability to conduct extensive self evaluation and reflection of your progress.

    • JPM206 Work Based Learning

      This is an opportunity to explore learning opportunities accrued from the working environment. This could include paid or voluntary work. There is a recognition that such work-based learning can take place in a wide variety of situations and settings. At the commencement of the module, a Learning Agreement will be drafted and agreed by the relevant parties, i.e. the student, the department (through the module leader), and the employer.

    • JPM207 News Media

      This module seeks further to develop skills in writing for the media in all its current news gathering forms, as encountered by the modern journalist. The emphasis is on news -- in written, photographic, video and internet formats. This module seeks to draw together the varied skills the modern journalist must have in news gathering and enable a student to move towards employment.

    • JPM208 Magazine Production

      This module aims to take the student through the entire process of production in working for feature & magazine markets; online & in print. They will gain new skills in managing print and online magazines, including commissioning, researching, sub-editing, design & layout, budgets & production. Students will further develop their writing skills, working to a higher level in producing a range of features. There is a strong emphasis also on design & use of images & students will produce a portfolio of photographs suitable for their magazine projects.

    • JPM209 Multi-Media Journalism

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Our partnership with Exeter College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

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