The programme focuses on journalism in the context of wider media and communication processes. You use critical academic perspectives to study journalism, media and communication and develop practical solutions for work-relevant projects. The first academic year is foundational and introduces the academic study of media, developing core skills and understanding in the use of media across a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge. In the second academic year, you take two core theory and research modules alongside other media and communication students. You also take specialist modules exploring feature writing and current issues in journalism, and choose from a range of optional modules. You use the Work Placement module to gain experience in newsrooms, freelancing or other industries relevant to journalism and media. In the final academic year, you take a module in documentary and photojournalism and a module designed to provide preparation for working in magazine and periodical sectors. You can produce a portfolio of articles, or undertake a conventional dissertation focusing on any aspect of media, communication or journalism, for the Extended Independent Study. Again, you tailor your learning by choosing from a variety of optional modules. Open 24 hours a day, our Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.