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This course was created in consultation with music magazine editors and will develop your skills and understanding of contemporary music journalism.
Your studies will focus on music journalism practices, magazine design and production, radio and audio-visual approaches, digital media, popular music and the music industries, and the music media industries.
You will gain practical experience of sourcing, researching and writing features, and develop skills in interactive magazine production, radio and video documentary-making, and webzine building and management. Alongside this, you’ll investigate popular music histories, genres and cultures and have the opportunity to work on interviews and reviews with internationally known artists through our course magazine, Audio Addict.
BA (Hons) Popular Music Journalism
240 UCAS Tariff points
(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)
This course is taught through lectures, classroom and IT sessions, supporting individual and group project study.
Our students have gained work experience at magazines and websites including NME, Q, Mojo, Kerrang!, Mixmag, Loaded, The Fly, Drowned in Sound, The Quietus and Art Rocker. They have also found placements at Radio 1 and Radio NRJ (France). Students with an interest in PR have enjoyed work experience placements at Division PR, Freeman PR and Loudmouth PR among others. Students on this course have also worked closely with music festivals like Bestival, Blissfields and Pulse, producing programmes, documentaries and daily news-sheets. From 2014 our students will be producing the Isle of Wight programme.
This course is assessed using essays, practical production projects, group and individual projects, seminar presentations, portfolios and reflective writing projects.
The specification for the current academic year can be found here.
We have cutting-edge IT facilities and an industry-standard newsroom.
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
Studying this course can lead to a career in music journalism as well as a number of other potential careers, such as in magazine production, copywriting, social media management, web designing, music PR and education.
The teaching staff includes internationally renowned music journalists, authors and magazine editors with unparalleled links with the music and media industries. The course is supported by regular guest speakers from industry, live briefs and industry mentoring. There are regular lectures by visiting teaching fellows including James McMahon (editor of Kerrang!). Students have secured work placements with music magazines and radio stations including NME, Kerrang!, DJ and Radio NRJ (France).
IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, analytical skills.
Location of study: East Park Terrace
Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the university.
The university also offers a pre-sessional English programme| and an international foundation programme| for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the UK Border Agency, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the UK Border Agency.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the UKBA| website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and UKBA requirements| for a number of language tests.
If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.
The tuition fees for the 2014 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £10,610 per year
UK and EU part-time fees: TBC (2013: £4,025 per year)
International part-time fees: TBC (2013: £5,150 per year)
Compulsory band booking, guest speaker, printing, word press and travel costs in year three: £200
Optional UK study trip in year one: £350
Optional European study trip in year two: £650
Optional USA study trip in year three: £1,000
Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page| to find out more.
Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.
Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.ac.uk|
Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the university and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the main office of the faculty that runs the course you are interested in for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the faculty office running the course, addresses are given on the form.
Part-time undergraduate study application form|
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You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here|.
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Scott MillsRadio 1 DJ and TV presenter,Honorary Doctor of Arts
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