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Games Journalism and PR

BA (Hons)

99% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Opportunity to specialise

Specialist areas include YouTube, blogging, games reporting and PR

Excellent facilities

Including multiplatform newsroom and a TV news set

UCAS code:
2T17
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This course is currently being redeveloped and enhanced for a relaunch for entry in September 2019. Course details below provide information regarding the current course, its structure and content. Many of these elements may change as we seek to enhance and enrich the Journalism curriculum and portfolio in 2019. Therefore if you would like further information please contact us via enquiries@staffs.ac.uk and we will then arrange to discuss our exciting developments with you. Do you dream of having a job where you're paid to talk or write about gaming all day, every day? Take a look at our Games Journalism and PR degree.

According to UKIE, the games industry is worth $100 billion globally. There are over 2,000 video game companies in the UK alone. As the games industry grows, so does the need for specialist games journalists, PR professionals, community managers and marketers. If you’d enjoy researching and reporting on this exciting area, we can provide the skills that you’ll need.

Our unique course is designed to get you thinking, writing and talking about the games, the creators, the industry, and about what works in gaming and why. This relatively new award, launched in 2014, was developed out of the Journalism and Games Design departments at Staffordshire University, both with good records in employment outcomes and strong contacts in the media and gaming industries.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Games Journalism and PR

Course content

You’ll be taught by experienced journalists and academics, and have access to industry standard technical facilities for researching and writing, recording and editing for video, text and audio content. This will aim to develop your multimedia skills, including social media, with a specific focus on games and the gaming industry. We also provide the opportunity to specialise in areas such as YouTube, blogging, games reporting and PR.

We focus on a hands-on approach to build the skills to work professionally in games journalism and PR, as well as in a range of other fields. You will begin producing material for news and gaming websites in your first year and have the option to continue producing this work throughout your studies. Our programme of guest speakers will provide you with inspiration.

You’ll undertake a fully-assessed work placement in your final year, which will provide valuable experience. Games Journalism students also have the option to take NCTJ accredited exams.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Journalism in Practice
Fundamentals of Game Play
Writing for Games
Computer Games in Society and the Workplace
PR in Practice 1 (Non-Sports)
Journalism Studies
Games Blogging & Vlogging 1
Year 2 compulsory modules
NCTJ Essential Law
Production Journalism 1
PR Operations
The British Media: Behind the Headlines
Games News Day
The History of Games Technology
Year 3 compulsory modules
Journalism Project
Work Placement and Career Development

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

As a graduate of the UK's only specialist degree course in Games Journalism and PR, you'll be best placed to take advantage of the growing gaming and games media industries. The specialist teaching you’ll receive on this course will give you the edge over the average gaming blogger or enthusiast in your ability to work in the industry.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Sue Greenwood
Sue GreenwoodCourse Leader

Before coming to Staffordshire University, Sue worked in newspapers and the media for over 20 years. She specialises in web-based and entrepreneurial journalism, teaching students how to use the web to communicate, how to value what they produce, and how to make money from their ideas.

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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BA (Hons)
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17 September 2018
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BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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