Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)

National University of Ireland, Galway
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Course Overview

If you are a budding reporter or are curious about the world around you and like to write, or have a passion for radio, television or social media, then this is an ideal programme for you. The BA Journalism is an exciting programme for NUI Galway (reformed for 2019) which offers you an opportunity to gain highly coveted communication and media production skills while undertaking an Arts degree.

This four-year degree programme combines academic study with practically-focused modules that give you real world experience of what it is like to work as a journalist. You’ll be introduced to news and feature writing, reporting a ‘beat’; reading the news on radio and video editing to tight deadlines. You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a work placement in a media company. You’ll also get an opportunity to expand your understanding of the media through challenging modules in critical media studies and communication.

The joint honours degree lets you choose a second Arts subject that interests you from a range of options, giving you a breath of knowledge and experience.

Applications and SelectionsEntry RequirementsMinimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.Additional Requirements

Course Outline

The BA Journalism programme is designed to give you high-level digital skills in media production and editorial practice, and introduce you to key debates and ideas from the world of media and communication. You will gain skills across four years in news writing and reporting, writing for features and magazines, radio reporting, multimedia, social media and television. There are optional modules in data journalism and sports reporting. You’ll also be guided through modules in media and communication that examine key issues and debates in the media such as ethics, regulation, ownership, bias, privacy, and the role of the media in democratic society.

In your first year, you’ll take four modules in journalism, media and communication and you can choose to take two Arts subjects from English, History, Economics, Philosophy, Law, Politics and Sociology, Modern European languages (French, Italian or Spanish), Gaeilge or IT. At the end of first year you can choose to continue with one Arts subject along with journalism in a joint honours format to degree level.

In your third year you have the option to undertake an international study exchange and/or a work placement in a media company. Students taking a language will spend at least part of their year studying their language in a European country.

By the end of the four-year degree programme you’ll have an excellent understanding of the media and leave with in-demand communications skills that will set you up for careers in media production, journalism and the wider field of communication. You’ll also have strong interpersonal, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, and teamworking attributes, as well as understanding of innovation, making you ideally suited for employment. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue specialist training via Masters programmes on offer at NUI Galway. 

Curriculum Information

Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (60 Credits) This subject is available if you studied Archaeology in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Celtic Civilisation in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Economics in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied English in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied French in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Gaeilge in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied History in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Information Technology in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Italian in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Léann an Aistriúcháin in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Mathematics in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Philosophy in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Sociological & Political Studies in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Spanish (Advanced) in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Spanish (Beginners) in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Archaeology in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Celtic Civilisation in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Economics in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied English in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied French in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Gaeilge in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied History in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Information Technology in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Italian in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Mathematical Studies in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Mathematics in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Philosophy in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Psychological Studies in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Sociological And Political Studies in the previous year / semester. This subject is available if you studied Spanish in the previous year / semester.

History of Media – 5 CreditsThis is the News – 5 CreditsRadio Fundamentals – 5 Credits

Year TwoPower without responsibility – 5 creditsSocial media: theory and practice – 5 creditsBroadcasting – 5 creditsChoose either Sports Journalism (5 credits) Or Feature writing and magazines (5 credits)Continue with your chosen Arts major

 Year threeWork internship or International study exchange: Full year(or you can choose to do a split year, one semester internship and one semester of study abroad) 

Year FourThe contemporary Irish media: Ethics, rules and regulation (5 credits)

Choose from:We need to talk about sex, gender and the media (5 credits)Data journalism (5 credits)Social media audience development (5 credits)Television journalism (10 credits)

Further Education

NUI Galway offers a range of innovative and specialist MA programmes including the MA Journalism. The BA Journalism qualifies you to apply for a place on NUI Galway MAs, as well as postgraduate study in other universities. NUI Galway is well recognised internationally and graduates from this programme have successfully completed postgraduate study in the UK, EU and other top international universities. For more details of MA programmes on offer at NUI Galway, see the Postgraduate study site (link to that site)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The aim of our programme is to familiarise you with the present situation and concerns of professional Journalism and to equip you with the practical knowledge to prepare you for a range of related careers. But the programme is equally forward-looking and intends to prepare you, in the context of one of the most rapidly evolving areas of expertise, for jobs yet to be imagined and invented.

The programme will consult on a regular basis with practitioners and leaders in a range of involved fields in order to help us all stay acutely in touch with contemporary developments so that preparations can be made for the fostering of new opportunities and for engaging with existing and self-generated career possibilities in an exciting period of transformations and innovations in Journalism.

The expertise acquired through your BA with Journalism will equip you for employment in all those fields where communication is primary. Along with fostering your own ambitions and talents, the programme will provide you with the opportunity to cultivate contacts and networks among professional journalists. The skills and working knowledge you will acquire will be applicable to a wide range of professional activities in Journalism and the media generally, in writing and editing, in marketing, publishing and advertising.

Importantly, the BA with Journalism design means that you will graduate with qualifications in two Arts subjects on top of your Journalism concentration. Employers in the journalism professions generally stress that they are most interested in job candidates who have broad subject interests and knowledge together with some specialist training, and so the BA with Journalism is the ideal preparation for entry to the field. 

Who’s Suited to This CourseLearning Outcomes - Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative. - Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant. - Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI

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