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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Journalism

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language Bilingual, German and English
Standard program duration 8 semesters
Admission restrictions Restricted admission for the 1st to the 4th program semester
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
Further information Homepage
Module Manual (German only)
Curriculum (German only)

Short profile

Practical, with a focus on multimedia, and offering flexible options afterwards: This is what the B.A. in Journalism stands for! The program lasts eight semesters. In the last two semesters, students undertake a journalism traineeship. The program comprises 18 modules. These modules are divided into the following areas: Journalism, a minor subject, courses in the multimedia training newsroom and the one-year journalism traineeship with accompanying tutorials. The modules are thematically related and complement each other. Each module comprises several courses. As a rule, there is an examination at the end of each module. In the communication studies part of the program, students learn how to work scientifically and explore current topics. The respective modules make it possible for students to pursue a variety of Master’s programs after their Bachelor’s degree – of course also TU Dortmund University’s own M.A. in Journalism. In the practical part of the program, students learn to work in all types of media, whether online, social media, television, radio or print. The multimedia training newsroom is the hub where students familiarize themselves with editorial processes and acquire journalistic and team skills in practice, as well as being responsible for the Institute’s own publications. Each student chooses a minor subject in which they earn at least 30 ECTS credits. Students are, however, free to expand their studies in their minor subject if they wish.

The languages of instruction for the program are German and English. In many courses at the Department of Cultural Studies, local students study together with (guest) students from throughout the world in what is referred to as the “Intercultural Classroom”. Students expand their international cultural skills during their semester abroad, which should be completed at a university where classroom communication is in English.

Students choose their minor subjects during the orientation phase in October. These subjects should be aligned with corresponding professional fields, which include, for example, public and media communication, cultural and public relations work in industrial and technical fields or editorial work in/design of new media in the area of culture. Through the interdisciplinary dovetailing of the core subject and the minor subjects, the program is geared towards students’ future professions.

Knowledge and skills

Training at the Institute of Journalism is highly practice-oriented and customized to the field of journalism. That is why applicants must produce proof of a six-week internship as a prerequisite for enrollment before commencing the program. The internship allows them to see whether they really enjoy journalism. In addition, they are then already familiar with editorial office procedures.

Prospective journalists should also be curious and thorough, friendly and open-minded. They should enjoy language, not be afraid of technology and have an interest in political/current topics. Journalism is, so to speak, the luxury of being on a lifelong training course: If you want to know something, you can ask and you will get an answer.

Professional fields

In the first instance, the program trains students for positions in journalism. However, graduates of the Institute of Journalism also work in public relations, corporate communication or consulting, and politics. Overall, media are at the moment in a phase of transition.

Media use is changing as a result of digitalization and editorial teams are calling for new ideas, concepts and practices. This is accompanied by new career models. Many journalists work as freelancers. However, like in the past some permanent posts still exist and – thanks to their links as a result of the journalism traineeship and the Institute’s partners in the media industry – prospects are quite good.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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