The MA International Multimedia Journalism concentrates on developing skills for journalists to deliver stories through multiple digital platforms. The content of the course is divided into three sections. Firstly, it will involve critical discussions on the core skills that span the three traditional modes of delivery (print, radio, TV) set against the emerging online international newscape. Secondly, you will undertake project-based learning...
International Multimedia Journalism - MA full-time (Beijing Foreign Studies University, PR China)
The MA International Multimedia Journalism concentrates on developing skills for journalists to deliver stories through multiple digital platforms.
The content of the course is divided into three sections. Firstly, it will involve critical discussions on the core skills that span the three traditional modes of delivery (print, radio, TV) set against the emerging online international newscape. Secondly, you will undertake project-based learning that will challenge you to work on creative projects that require both an in-depth understanding of new technologies and a willingness to innovate and apply them in a journalistic context. Thirdly, you will engage with industry through live projects set in one of the course's collaborative news organisations.
About the course
The course focuses on practical innovation and critical discussion around issues related to the changing media landscape. Students, faculty and visiting lecturers work on multimedia journalism projects together to experiment with and reflect on potential new multi-platform workflows.
The course is designed to appeal to a diverse range of people with skills and experience ranging across a broad range of disciplines (photography, writing, video, web design/programming and audio). You will work alongside and share experiences with students from a host of different backgrounds and cultures. The sharing of ideas and skills are core to the course, in particular during the two intensive 12-day workshops that happen in the first half of the course, where teamwork plays an important role in problem solving exercises.
With China having the largest number of broadband users in the world (over 400 million at the end of 2009), over 50% mobile phone penetration and quickly growing 3G and 4G networks, it makes it an exciting location to base the course.
Our partner, Beijing Foreign Studies University, is generally considered to be the premier institution in China for foreign studies. It has excellent student facilities and easy access to the wider city of Beijing.
Most major international media organisations have offices in Beijing along with all the mainstream Chinese traditional and new media organisations. Nearby railway stations provide services to the whole country and the international airport has direct flights to most Asian and major global destinations.
The course is the first of its kind in China and offers the opportunity for both international and Chinese students to work together in a creative atmosphere that benefits both parties. We expect the typical cohort split will be 50:50 international to Chinese students.
After the first term you will have the opportunity to move to Bolton to complete your studies in a different, but closely related discipline, offered by the School of Arts, Media and Education. The school offers a range of postgraduate courses that share a common framework and a flexible approach to study.
What you will learn
The course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching, intensive workshops and online teaching reflecting the communication methods used in the media industry. Your studies are supported by group discussions, seminars and individual tutorials. Innovation and experimentation are encouraged.
The course is one year in duration, divided into three terms. Working as a single operator mobile journalist and basing your practical work on strong stories, you will carry out assignments for multi-platform delivery; for instance, online, broadcast, print, social networks, mobile, iPad and others.
For the first term you will work on multiple short form (one to three days) assignments and explore key research questions in the multimedia journalism field. In the second term you will concentrate on two feature stories; one of which is progressed into the third term as a final project. Throughout the course you will be expected to inquire and reflect on a range of issues connected with the practice of multimedia journalism. You will share your experiences and successes with your fellow students and the group as a whole will benefit from this exchange of ideas and practical advice and experience.
What you will study
You will study 6 modules worth a total of 180 credits.
Advanced Practice 1 (40 credits);
Advanced Research and Study Skills (20 credits).
Advanced Practice 2 (40 credits);
Critical Thinking in Practice (20 credits).
Advanced Practice 3 (40 credits);
Critical Analysis and Reflection (20 credits).
You should have one of the following: at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject; at least an upper second class honours degree in any subject and significant professional experience in the industry; or at least an upper second class honours degree in a related subject with a major project in a relevant subject.
Your application will be considered if you do not have any of the above qualifications but you do have significant experience in the field of journalism and you are able to present a strong portfolio as part of your application.
You will be required to present a portfolio of media work (one or a mix of photography, video, text based articles, graphic design, audio, etc.) and examples of academic written work. Your portfolio will be discussed/assessed at interview, demonstrating your suitability and aptitude for the course.
Once your application has been received and approved you will be interviewed via phone and you will need to either provide a link to a personal website or upload a folio to a website (information on how to do this will be given after your application is received).
Within two months of your application you will be given a result of either, accept, fail or reapply. With reapply you will be given the opportunity to resubmit an application in July with suggestions on what you need to do to improve.
We are looking for you to demonstrate a clear style and commitment to the area of study. Please edit the folio down to what you regard to be your best work.
You will be required to show original copies of your highest qualification certificate before starting the course.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).