Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Prepare for the future of journalism with your BA Journalism degree from Goldsmiths. The world of journalism is changing at an unprecedented rate. New digital tools and online platforms are altering the way journalists acquire, create and publish. With a BA Journalism degree from Goldsmiths you will be prepared you for a career in the future of journalism in one of the country's most exciting, creative environments, which has nurtured many leading writers, artists, designers and music makers. You will: Be taught by highly experienced professionals, with extensive industry experience, and leading academics involved in cutting edge research. Build up a portfolio of work, get advice on careers and work experience and benefit from our close links with the media industry. Hear from guest speakers from all branches of the media, join in debates and forums on key cultural issues and work alongside other students engaged in creative and challenging study. You will use a blend of new digital tools like video and data visualisation and traditional writing skills. Present your work in a modern, multi'media context using different online platforms, including our ground breaking live news website, Eastlondonlines where you will work as reporters and editors, gathering stories from the community. Make the most of smartphones and tablets for vivid reporting of news and documenting key issues. Unlock the potential of social media for research and to disseminate your work around the world as well as understanding its social and political implications. Consider how ethical and legal considerations affect journalistic practice. Understand your work in a broader social and cultural context

Course Modules

Year 1 modules include: Introduction to journalism: structures of power; journalism practice 1; web programming; introduction to digital media; media history and politics; key debates in media; media arts. Year2 : journalism practice 2; introduction to social computing; data journalism and visualisation; media, law and ethics; culture society and the individual; media, economy and society. And either communications, psychology and experience or intellectual foundations of social theory. Year 3 compulsory courses: journalism in context; journalism practice 3' project/portfolio. Department of Media and Communications include: political economy of the mass media; contemporary structures of political communications; promotional culture; embodiment and experience; media audiences and media geographies; media ethnicity and nation; music as communication and creative practice; future developments in screen and film theory; media rituals; screen cultures; after new media. Examples of available options in the Department of Computing include: user interface design; electronic commerce; data mining. Or a dissertation and 1 option course from either Department.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £16,770  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • SQA Higher ABBBC-ABBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC-AAC

Key Course Information

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 72%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 87%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 90%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 10

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 12%

Total Coursework: 85%

Total Practical: 3%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation