Study overview

 

Ansbach Department of Journalism trains students for professional practice in a bachelor's degree course that is unique in Germany. In seven semesters, students learn about all types of media, from newspapers to radio and television to online production.

Renowned professionals train students in all phases of journalistic work right up to the production of their own magazines and on-line formats. They use state-of-the-art equipment with a writing workshop, cameras, editing suites and a professional radio and television studio.

A special feature of Ansbach's departmental journalism are the focus modules in the main study period. In line with editorial departments and new innovative subject areas, the students concentrate on a subject of their choice before they complete a practical semester in an editorial office or a media company. Due to their high level of practical and technical competence, graduates of the journalism degree programme can be deployed flexibly – especially, within the interface area of media convergence.

 

Short formRJO
Type of studyFull time
Standard period of study7 semesters
AwardBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Start of studiesWinter semester
Admission RestrictionsBoundary grade
Lecture locationAnsbach
Language of instructionGerman
Course management Prof. Dr. Ismeni Walter &
Prof. Dr. Thomas Liesen
Student advisory serviceProf. Dr. Thomas Liesen
Student Servicesstudierendenservice.rjo(at)hs-ansbach.de

Fields of study

A special feature of Ansbach's specialist journalism are the focus modules in the main study period. In line with editorial departments and new innovative subject areas, the students concentrate on a subject of their choice before they complete a practical semester in an editorial office or a media company. Due to their high level of practical and technical competence, graduates of the journalism degree programme can be deployed flexibly – especially, within the interface area of media convergence.

 

 

Energy and environment

Cyclones, earthquakes or heat waves make the previously rather abstract references to climate change or the hole in the ozone layer central themes.

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Culture and lifestyle

In the focus on culture and lifestyle, students acquire a broad basic knowledge for working in the arts pages.

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Medicine and biosciences

In the focus on medicine and biosciences, students acquire the technical basics for their work in medicine and biology.

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Politics and economics

In the focus on politics and economics, the students acquire the technical basics for working in political and business editorial offices.

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Sports

The study focus on sport offers more than just the game on the pitch: How does a live ticker work? Where does bodily injury begin?

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Study structure

In the first three semesters, students acquire the basic knowledge for qualified journalistic work in all types of media. In particular, students are sensitised to the fact that journalistic work requires a high degree of care and responsibility. Subjects such as media ethics and media law are therefore on the timetable, as are research strategies and source analysis. In other words, it's about the journalistic tools of the trade par excellence.

In intensive training units, students on the programme learn the specific requirements of print, video, audio and digital journalism. Flanking study programmes are media production, photojournalism as well as communication and impact research. Newly introduced study contents such as media business are aimed at the dynamic development of the media landscape.

In order to qualify for a specific journalistic department, students choose a content focus from the third semester onwards. This consists of seven subject-specific modules in the selected subject area and various project modules (cross-media, management). The specialist knowledge acquired in the basic and in-depth modules of the respective specialisations flows directly into practical projects in department-specific journalistic practice modules.

In the fifth semester, the practical semester, students complete a long-term journalistic internship in a print, online, TV or radio editorial office. In the sixth semester, students return to the university from their internships and acquire further department-specific knowledge in one of the chosen focal points and in the respective project modules in this and the following semester. The Bachelor's thesis - with Bachelor's dissertation and Bachelor's seminar - forms the conclusion of the programme before the students are awarded the title "Bachelor of Arts".

Additional competences are conveyed by the compulsory elective modules, which students can freely select and take during the course of study. They give students the opportunity to acquire important key qualifications depending on their career goal, talents and inclinations. Examples of compulsory elective modules are:

  • Magazine production - Kaspar, the city magazine of Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.
  • Radio production - Rabbit Radio  
  • Strategies of self-marketing in the media
  • Police and court reporting  
  • Portrait photography
  • Deepening language skills (e.g. English, Spanish, Italian)

Further information

The head of Campusradio is Prof. Dr. Thomas Liesen.

Like its predecessor, ANgedacht, Rabbit radio is transmitted every second Thursday of the month at 20.00 hrs via its partner Afkmax.  It offers a mixture of non-mainstream music, interviews, interesting studio guests and journalistic contributions to current topics.

Please click here to go to the Rabbit Radio website (German)!

In the fifth semester, the practical semester, students complete a long-term journalistic internship in a print, online, TV or radio editorial office. In the sixth semester, students return to the university from their internships and in this semester and the following semester acquire further departmental knowledge in one of the selected areas and in the respective project modules. The Bachelor's thesis - with Bachelor's thesis and Bachelor's seminar - concludes the course before students are awarded the title "Bachelor of Arts".