The University of Bolton has had a successful partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University since 2010. This is a single year MA program is based in Beijing, China, with the degree awarded by the University of Bolton. The MA in International Multimedia Journalism offers a unique, international approach to visual storytelling.

The global media economy is being transformed. With major changes in the way stories are produced, circulated and consumed, today’s journalists and storytellers need new skills to stay current and take advantage of new opportunities. 

Working with a diverse team of International tutors, all of whom are also practicing multimedia journalists or storytellers, students develop essential practical multimedia journalism skills including photography, video, audio, writing and infographics. A structured series of practical assignments throughout the year enables students to deliver both short-form and long-form multimedia journalism stories on digital platforms.

Students gain a critical understanding of contemporary trends in the new media economy while studying in the story stimulating city of Beijing. The course culminates with a student-led long-form multimedia feature story which facilitates students to channel and fine tune their skills to produce a professional-grade journalism project or story. This final work should serve as a portfolio to launch or elevate their chosen career path.


How to apply

If you are interested in finding out more about courses, fees and how to apply please visit the course website: On-site, you'll find full course information and a section containing how to apply and the application forms and process. The next course starts in Beijing in September 2017, and numbers are limited.  

Alternatively email course leader Sharron Lovell at, she will be happy to answer any questions you have. 

Each of our partnerships has an Academic Partnership Manager (APM), and should you wish to contact the APM this is Lindsey Brocklebank at

Student Work

IMMJ 2015 Retrospective from sharron lovell on Vimeo.

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Photography by Jeff Kennel. From the project: Seeds of Harmony

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Photography (top) by Biel Calderon. From the project: The Little Big Project. Photography (bottom) by Mark Esplin. From the Project: Fishing for the Coral Triangle 


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Yang Enzi’s short form documentary – Dreams on Freewheels – about the seven members of the China Disabled Track Cycling Team was awarded the third place in World Press Photo‘s 2013 Multimedia Contest. Enze followed the team training to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. They won six gold medals, four silver medals, and five bronze medals. The documentary was the major component of Yang Enze’s final Term 3 project.