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BA Honours Journalism and Media

BA Honours Journalism and Media

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
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Journalism and the media sector are in constant flux. The digital world is changing the face of how the industry operates, offering exciting challenges to the next generation of media professionals. Our course is designed to develop multi-skilled, entrepreneurial graduates, armed with the confidence to thrive in the journalism and media industries. This degree enables you to combine the acquisition of practical skills with a thorough academic grounding in some of the most exciting ideas, theories and knowledge about the media today. You will study both traditional print-based journalism and digital-new media, giving you the chance to think broadly about future career plans. For those of you who are interested in the rapidly changing field of journalism, who want to write, and also to understand how journalism and other forms of media communication work, this degree is ideal. This distinctive programme marries a range of practical journalistic skills with a comprehensive and critical theoretical framework informed by current debates about the social, cultural and political implications of communication.

Why study BA Honours Journalism and Media

  • Our tutors include academic researchers, journalists, editors, and PR and advertising experts, who will support your development and help you to build industry-specific, transferable skills
  • Our campus puts you within easy reach of Dubai's Media City and our students have secured placements with a range of magazines including Time Out, Elle, OK! Middle East and Rolling Stone. Students also working in the news industry at Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Yahoo and Al Jazeera in Qatar. Their voices can also be heard on Radio Spice
  • As part of the School of Media and Performing Arts, you will benefit from a range of media-related events, including the Dubai Film Festival and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Our students have interned at these events, participated in competitions there and won awards arranged by these organisations.

Course Fees : AED 150,000

On our BA Honours Journalism and Media you will study modules covering different elements of journalism alongside broader media modules.

In your first year you will get to grips with theories related to media and culture and examine the complex relationship between media, culture and power. You will also take a practical, workshop-based module in media production, engaging with industry-standard production methods, and you will take an in-depth look at the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online journalism industries.

Your second year of study gives you the opportunity to build on your media production skills. You will also develop your research skills in preparation for your final year and take a module on global journalism.

In your final year, you will look at contemporary journalism in detail and hone your journalism skills. A significant part of your final year will be dedicated to your independent project, which brings together the theoretical and practical elements you have engaged with throughout the degree.


For more details on Academic Calendar , click here http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

  • Year 1

    • Media Production (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To introduce students to generic and subject specific media production practices across a range of platforms, including theoretical arguments concerning the role of technologies in shaping our understanding of media production practices; To equip students with foundational skills and understanding necessary for advanced media production in MED2001 and, optionally, in MED3000; To enable students to develop skills in planning, time management and team-work.
    • Media Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To equip students with the key skills for academic study in their programme; To introduce students to processes of meaning production in the media alongside developing a critical understanding of issues and concepts of cultural representation; To provide a critical context in which to introduce students to their Personal Development Portfolio PDP and graduate skills in personal learning and career planning.
    • Issues in Journalism (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop news sense and the foundational skills and knowledge for producing effective journalism. To develop the student s understanding and knowledge of the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and digital industries by considering the practice of other journalists. To give student an understanding of journalistic practice and some critical awareness of the constraints, conventions and ethical issues involved in that practice.
    • Introduction to Media and Society (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Aims: To introduce a range of debates and discussions about the relationship between the media and issues in contemporary society; To explore the complex relationship between media, culture and power; To give students an understanding and appreciation of the importance of locating media and promotional practices in a broader social, cultural, ethical and political context.
  • Year 2

    • Global Journalisms (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      Students will consider the circulation of information on a global scale and will ask how it contributes to the development of a global culture. Where does news come from? Is it the same all over the world? To what extent is global media shaped by western organizations? Students will explore the role of the internet in reshaping the way journalism in produced and consumed, look at alternative news sites, citizen journalism, grassroots or community based journalism, diasporic media and blogging. Although the primary focus is broadcast news, the module will also explore a range of global journalistic content and forms of media production.
    • Advanced Digital Journalism (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to allow students to synchronize their emerging journalistic writing abilities, as introduced by MED1030 Journalism Principles and Practice, with contemporary modes of publishing including layout, design and photography. The module seeks to develop the students as ethically and legally astute creative practitioners. It also enables them to understand and reflect on the core processes involved in taking digital journalism work from concept to consumption.
    • Advanced Media Production (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To build on the skills and knowledge developed in MED1001; To further develop subject specific media production practices in the execution of one or more major group projects; To equip students with the advanced skills necessary for major independent projects on MED3000; To enhance student skills in planning, time management and team work.
    • Research Techniques and Approaches (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To enable students to identify, discuss and evaluate contemporary debates in media and cultural studies in a global context and apply this knowledge to the development and planning of a research proposal framed by a literature review; To enable students to make productive connections between devising and developing independent projects and the frameworks of their taught programmes; To prepare students for MED3000 Independent Project whether that takes the form of a work placement, an extended essay or practice-based work.
  • Year 3

    • Contemporary Journalism (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop an analysis of key aspects of critical, contemporary journalism; To explore the dynamic potential of journalistic practice and the risks and challenges that journalists who produce critical work can face; To give students advanced conceptual and practical tools to enable them to develop and extend their work as critical and creative practitioners.
    • Media Events and News Cultures (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To develop a critical appreciation of the importance of information gathering and dissemination practices in contemporary society. To develop detailed understanding of the extent and nature of processes and practices of media manipulation and the role of such manipulation in shaping public debate. To develop understanding of information production as an organisational practice.
    • Campaigns and Social Change (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To enable students to understand social change and the role of the media, communications and community orgainsing in bringing it about; To introduce students to a range of different theories of social change and the history of those ideas in practice; To enable students carry out campaigns using the range of skills they have developed across degrees programmes in a manner appropriate to an assessed activity on a degree programme; To build student confidence in dealing with the public, press and authority figures and to provide experience working in a small public facing, interdependent group and develop the skills necessary to be effective in that situation.
    • Independent Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      To enable students to demonstrate, in the execution of a complex and large-scale project, high level academic and/or practical skills, relevant to their field of study and professional interests; To test the students confidence in their intellectual abilities and capacity to organise their time through an emphasis on self-directed learning and independent research; To enable students to identify and apply relevant critical frameworks drawn from their degree programme and relevant to their professional interests; To demonstrate independent thinking in the application and development of theoretical/practical projects.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,B,C (three subjects) or with A*, A* (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes 

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels). 

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email onadmissions@mdx.ac.ae

The BA Honours Journalism and Media degree has been designed with a specific understanding of the extension of journalistic practices and of communications production throughout the economy. Equally, the continuing development and distribution of digital communications technologies provide an opportunity for students to work innovatively and gainfully as freelancers. The curriculum is designed to equip students with skills allowing them to benefit from this situation. Links with the employment market are arranged through internships with the assistance of the Careers and Employability Service; visiting speakers from relevant sections of the media industry and field trips. Staff with ongoing practical and professional experience all help students in furthering their career goals.

What our students say

Sahar Ehsas 
BA Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies graduate 

"My experience at Middlesex University has been a great one. I felt very comfortable studying there because of the friendly support of my lecturers, who worked very hard to make sure students enjoyed all the lectures and learned a great deal from them.  The beauty of Middlesex University is that it is an international community with a great atmosphere, and even better students. With it's multicultural environment, it really does open your eyes to new cultures and traditions.

I studied the degree of Journalism with Media and Cultural studies. The degree covered diverse modules and taught me a lot. After graduating I managed to secure a job at the BBC as a Web administrator. My job consists of editing articles and publishing them online to the BBC Academy, College of Journalism website. I love working for the BBC and am very proud of reaching this far.  Without the help of my tutors at Middlesex University, I wouldn't have had the knowledge or confidence to get this far. I am very happy to have made the decision to study at Middlesex university and would definitely recommend it."

Claire Fastner 
Journalism graduate 

Claire Fastner
"During my three years studying at Middlesex, I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. This variety helped me to decide on a topic for my final project that I felt excited about.

My tutors at Middlesex have been excellent support and always showed great interest in their field. I have graduated with a first-class degree and am now working full-time within the editorial department at a multinational company. My tutors have encouraged me to continue my studies and I am planning to start a masters in September. Thanks to a fantastic experience at Middlesex University, I cannot wait to start studying again."

Natasha Artwell
Journalism graduate 

Natasha Artwell
"In my second year I was fortunate enough to spend a semester at Baruch College in New York, Manhattan. I applied to the University's student exchange programme in my first year and had the best experience of my life. The process was quite long and you need to stay focused, but the experience itself was life changing. I learnt so much from the exchange and the people that I met and I have recently been back to visit friends. I would definitely recommend looking at spending a semester abroad, it really is incredible."

 "The course has really challenged me to think and write in ways I had not previously been familiar with and by doing this I have grown both personally and academically. Middlesex University has given me the confidence to chase my dreams and has provided me with the skills I need to accomplish them. After graduating I would ideally like to work in fashion and beauty journalism but studying at Middlesex has broadened my horizons so I I'm happy to explore other areas of journalism too."

Georgie Tudor
Journalism graduate
"The lecturers and tutors I have had throughout the three years have been fantastic people and actively passionate about what they are teaching. Whether a subject immediately interested me or whether I still had to get to grips with it, they always made everything fascinating and engaging."

"The Broadcasting Today series organised by the Media Department at Middlesex was one piece of work I'm particularly proud of. Working alongside Kurt Barling, who is Professor of Professional Practice and a BBC Correspondent, I had my first hands-on, live television experience. By contributing to the series I learnt so much and it was a very useful experience to have, especially when applying for a masters."

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