School of Journalism, Media and Performance

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The vision of the School of Journalism, Media and Performance is to prepare students to become the next generation within the creative industries. Whether you want to be a theatre practitioner, filmmaker, journalist, musician, web-designer, animator, screenwriter, publisher, games designer, media producer, music producer, dancer, photographer, TV producer and music theatre performer or maker, the school offers courses at all levels to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter your chosen profession. Through practice-based study in modern teaching studios using the same resources that are used by industry, we prepare our students to be successful in a huge range of key creative roles.

About the School

  • Many of our undergraduate courses hold professional body accreditations, including those by Apple, Avid, Creative Skillset and ISMETA. The School hosts a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) - one of only three in the country and six of our courses hold professional accreditation by the JAMES organisation.

  • The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Professional body accreditation is also essential to our Journalism courses. We have three professional bodies accrediting BA (Hons) Journalism (Broadcast Journalism Training Council, National Council for the Training of Journalists, Professional Publishers Association).

We understand the importance of strong industry links and have developed these over many years. Our academics are practitioners with many years of professional experience therefore our professional development courses, workshops and networking events are current, relevant and supported by industry. Guest speakers regularly visit us to give students an insight of working in the industry and allow them to make valuable contacts for when they enter the world of work.

Our Courses

The School offers courses at all levels to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the creative industries. The School’s connection with industry means that our courses are all created and updated to be in line with what employers require. Practice-based teaching ensures that students experience study in ways that replicate how the various creative industries operate.

Outstanding Specialised Facilities

Our £15 million Media Factory contains excellent modern television, film, sound, photographic, music and theatre facilities. Performances and workshops also take place in St Peter’s Arts Centre, a beautiful converted former church.

Invaluable Experiences

Take advantage of our excellent industry links, we offer multiple opportunities to work on live briefs and client-based projects, providing you with a chance to enhance your skills alongside industry professionals and collaborate on cross discipline projects with students on other courses


The School is research-active and has a vibrant research community, whose work earns significant sums of external research funding annually. All of our keynote research feeds directly into our teaching programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level and ensures that students get the advantage of being tutored by people who are at the cutting edge of their subject areas.

Our recently established Media Innovation Studio was set up as a research centre and learning lab. Our staff are engaged in a broad range of media activities spanning community and industry media research, progressive digital teaching and developing new technology.

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Caroline Hawtin

Whether it was interviewing celebrities like Victoria Wood, hermits or bovine hairdressers, Caroline’s career in BBC Local Radio more than prepared her for the eclectic and demanding task of leading would-be journalists through their three-year degree course.


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Facilities and Resources

Media and performing arts courses are housed within our purpose-built £15 million Media Factory with its excellent industry-standard facilities, including rehearsal rooms, theatres, recording studios, dance studios, television studio, film and photographic studios, and computer suites. Our Journalism teaching spaces closely represent how professional newsrooms for TV, radio, on-line and print journalism are constructed and operate.