Our BA (Hons) Media and Communications (Journalism) course is ideal for anyone wishing to follow a career in the dynamic and competitive world of journalism. We pride ourselves on teaching creative, contemporary journalism underpinned by traditional values and skills. That means learning the core media and communication skills that every working reporter needs before you specialise in an area that interests you. Its a full-time, three-year degree course that focuses equally on professional studies, academic theory and production. It’s structured to offer maximum flexibility, which allows you to shape your journalism degree to fit your career aspirations. You’ll study a blend of practical production modules, sourcing, developing, designing and publishing real stories, and learning the art of crafting a compelling story. We maintain close contacts with a variety of media corporations, which means you’ll benefit from masterclass sessions from visiting tutors and guest speakers to enhance and enrich your learning. You’ll be challenged academically and will have the opportunity to undertake meaningful work experience placements in media environments, and work on live stories, learning how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a thinking journalist with a specialism in news, broadcasting, features, or design, being adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. What's covered in the course? We are based at the £62 million Parkside Building, part of our City Centre Campus, and we aim to develop your skills to become a thinking media worker who can lead change in the industry. Teaching takes place in environments where you gain the most – radio, TV and photography studios and editing suites – but, of course, you’ll also learn in lecture theatres, seminar rooms, social learning spaces and online. You’ll publish your stories and focus on production, theory and professional studies, building on your skills as you begin to make contacts in the industry and make your first moves into media work. Choosing to study with us means that you’ll have access to state-of-the-art media and production facilities throughout your studies, and be taught by staff who are still active in the industry and who are at the forefront of new and innovative techniques. Visiting lecturers from specialist areas, such as national newspapers, TV, radio, data, online and mobile journalism, offer in-depth advice on a range of topics. You also have the opportunity to be taught by undercover reporters, current BBC reporters, freelancers and mobile journalism experts. We pride ourselves on giving students real journalism experience through practical activities. These have included reporting live on breaking news stories, as well as, planning and implementing coverage of major sporting, cultural and political events alongside professional outlets. You will also get the chance to see your work published on the award-winning Birmingham Eastside website which is run by students on our journalism modules. Studying with us means that you’ll be based in a city that is bursting with opportunity and have the chance to network with professionals and undertake placements, plus the flexibility in our course structure allows you to shape your degree to suit your career aspirations.