School of Journalism, Media and Performance

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

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The vision of the School of Journalism, Media and Performance (JMP) is to prepare students to become the next generation within the creative industries. Whether you want to be a theatre practitioner, filmmaker, broadcast journalist, musician, web-designer, animator, screenwriter, print or on-line journalist, games designer, media producer, music producer, dancer, photographer, TV producer and music theatre performer or maker, JMP 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

Our links with employers and professional bodies ensure that, at whatever level of study, relevance, currency, externality and rigorous standards are tested on every programme. The School works with a number of partners, being the validating body for a number of courses in the UK, Europe and Internationally.

Eleven out of the eighteen undergraduate courses in JMP hold professional body accreditations, including those by Apple, Avid, Creative Skillset and ISMETA; our Acting degree is also recognised by DramaUK. The School hosts a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) - one of only three in the country. Six of the courses in the School hold professional accreditation by the JAMES organisation, whose principal function is course accreditation for UK and international work in the creative industries. 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. Degree transcripts from these courses will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. Find out more information at the JAMES official website. Professional Body accreditation is also essential to our Journalism courses and we believe that we are unique in having three professional bodies accrediting BA (Hons) Journalism (Broadcast Journalism Training Council, National Council for the Training of Journalists, Professional Publishers Association).

Our most significant resource is the staff that teach on the School’s courses. Everybody is highly qualified and has developed appropriate pedagogic approaches to teaching their subjects. Staff work closely with their counterparts in industry and combine this with research profiles and projects that link with academics in many other universities.

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.  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. We regularly upgrade these; for instance we’ve recently revamped our Animation suites and have just ordered a new Neve desk for our recording suite.
Journalism is based in Greenbank; last year we spent £350,000 upgrading the technology to support Journalism courses; this summer we have spent a further £250,000 upgrading teaching spaces to most closely represent how professional newsrooms for TV, radio, on-line and print journalism are constructed and operate.

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.

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The School of Journalism, Media and Performance 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.

Research is essential to the School because it informs our thinking, stimulates our curiosity, confounds untested certainties, exposes assumptions – and is fun to do!

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