Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Campuses

Course information

The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is a three-year specialist degree that gives students the academic and professional skills in Journalism making them ready for employment in the communications industries, across all media platforms, whether working for large news organisations, allied media businesses, or free-lancing.

Journalism at Deakin is a structured program  that emphasises hands-on learning of journalistic skills in print, radio, television, and online platforms. You will start journalism practice in your first year and learn the techniques and conventions of researching stories, interviewing techniques, news writing and reporting stories. You will build on these skills and knowledge in year two so you are ready to complete intensive news production work in your final year and be fully prepared to undertake an industry internship.

The course also serves as a pathway for further learning, including a professionally oriented one-year communication honours degree.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 18 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Core Units

Level 1

  • Communication in Everyday Life ACC100
  • News Reporting 1 ALJ111
  • News Reporting 2 ALJ112
  • Level 2

  • Feature Writing ALJ216
  • Audio Journalism ALJ218
  • Video Journalism ALJ221
  • Level 3

  • News Production 1 ALJ330
  • News Production 2 ALJ331
  • Professional Communication Internship ALR382 (2 credit points)
  • Local Journalism ALJ304
  • Complete three 1 credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Introduction to Public Relations ALR103
  • Strategic Communication and Writing ALR104
  • Advertising Principles and Practices ALA101
  • Creative Brand Communication ALA102
  • Making Social Media ALM101
  • Making Video ALM102
  • Complete four 1 credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Journalism in Society ALJ220
  • Global Media ALC215
  • Ethical Communication and Citizenship ALR276
  • Quantified Media ALM202
  • Documentary Production ACF202
  • Transmedia Storytelling ALA302
  • Communication Research Practices ACC303
  • Journalism Law and Ethics ALJ313
  • Making Sense of Information MIS203
  • Design Thinking for Change ACG276
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts (http://www.deakin.edu.au/course/bachelor-arts). We do recommend students complete at least two more selectable core units listed above.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400310183 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400510183 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A331
    CRICOS code
    083978K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The structure, content and assessment in the degree enables the development of professional skills, evidenced in a portfolio of news artefacts by which graduates demonstrate their employability. Graduates can create and edit word, sound and vision to craft stories, news, and features for delivery via print, radio, television or multimedia newsrooms.

    Journalism graduates typically find employment in small and large news organisations. They are also equipped to work in many other fields where critical thinking, strong communication skills and a talent for understanding the news matter.

    The complementary focus in the course on other communication disciplines prepares students for cross-disciplinary careers in fields such as media policy and management, politics, research, and a variety of media business-oriented consulting roles. In addition, the course structure allows students to complete six elective units which students can use to extend professional knowledge and skills to maximise their employment opportunities.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of journalism through analysing, applying and communicating the key disciplinary principles and concepts.

    Communication

    Demonstrate communication skills in accordance with journalistic standards to be able to conduct interviews, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience.

    Digital literacy

    Conduct research for news and current affairs and analyse, synthesise and disseminate information using a range of technologies, including social media, for a variety of local and global audiences.

    Critical thinking

    Select, critically analyse and evaluate information relating to the construction of news stories and demonstrate a critical awareness of different publication styles and media audiences in Australia and internationally.

    Problem solving

    In the context of newsgathering and production, respond to journalistic challenges including unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate the ability to reflect on knowledge acquisition and skills development and how these relate to career aspirations and the development of a professional identity which is responsive to change in work environments journalistic practice.

    Teamwork

    Work collaboratively and constructively to achieve team goals and foster effective relationships with the team.

    Global citizenship

    Employ relevant legal, ethical and cultural knowledge when engaging in journalistic practice in a range of diverse cultural, social and political environments domestically and internationally.

    Approved by Faculty Board January 2017

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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