The UCLan School of Journalism and Digital Communication brings together the subject areas of Journalism, Media Practice and Media Technology.
Our Media Innovation Studio is involved in cutting edge research and attracts significant external research funding. This research informs the curriculum and our courses are designed to equip students with the creativity, knowledge and skills that industry needs.
We’ve been teaching journalism for 50 years – but we’re still leading the way with innovative, industry-accredited courses.
The School’s academic team is recruited from all over the world and many tutors have had years of industry experience before moving into academia and retain contact with industry at the highest level. Teaching is informed by world class research delivered by a diverse range of tutors with excellent international publication profiles and connections.
Our media, TV and web courses are flexible in nature and have a production and skill centred nature. They often use live briefs, have an enterprise ethic and have real student companies running in the final year. The teaching team has recently won an award for excellence.
The School of Journalism and Digital Communication is an international School, running courses at universities in India and China. Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Year 2 for either a semester or a full year. The University’s travel bursary scheme also allows students to carry out projects overseas. Recent examples include a multi-media news production in China and a community journalism project in Kenya. This current year students will be going to Los Angeles.
The Film and Media Studies course offers a unique blend of film, TV, media and popular culture. The course enables students to develop both personal creative expression and professional level skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our progressive Film Production course has seen students and graduates regularly appear in the credits of major TV and cinema releases, win awards at prestigious film festivals and the Royal Television Society, and have their scripts developed into independent film productions.
The School’s greatest asset is its alumni, which gives us an unrivalled network of contacts who not only return to the University to give guest lectures and master-classes, but also inform our courses through their professional expertise and advice. They also open doors to a range of placement opportunities in all areas of the media industry.
Recognised by industry professionals, our courses deliver a strong emphasis on practical and vocational development which help students maximise their learning potential and provides our graduates with excellent employability skills. Tutors also deliver professional training for industry organisations.
The School has recently invested in innovative high-quality 3D video camera technology and the University has one of the largest 3D lecture theatres in Europe. Our exciting Media Factory contains a modern TV studio, a film production studio, photography and audio studios. Our specialist journalism area in Greenbank building contains a TV studio, radio studios and editing suites.