Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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

The course offers a structured program of learning through 12 compulsory units in Journalism supported by 3 compulsory Communication Units; it emphasises hands-on learning of journalistic skills (covering print, radio, television, and online) and also provides scholarly study of journalism in society. Students complete intensive news production work in their final year and will normally undertake an industry internship.

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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

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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

Trimester 3

  • 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).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

 

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)

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Identify, research, plan and produce newsworthy stories suitable for print, broadcast and online media and analyse theoretical issues raised by news stories and the social role of Journalism both nationally and internationally.

Communication

Demonstrate high level communication skills, including the ability to interview, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience and to write and present academic and scholarly material 

Digital literacy

Conduct academic and news related research and analyse, synthesise and disseminate this 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

Analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions in a journalistic context. 

Self-management

Demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness when sourcing and following-up news stories. Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability under time pressure and an ongoing commitment to reflective learning about journalism and journalistic practice.

Teamwork

Work collaboratively with journalistic colleagues, other professionals and community members and build personal contacts and networks.  

Global citizenship

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

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

 

Course Structure

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

  • 15 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 9 credit points of elective units (from any discipline area)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • at least 14 credit points at level 2 and above
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

15

Core units

9

Elective units

24

Total

Core Units

Level 1

  • Communication in Everyday Life ACC100
  • Creativity and Dangerous Ideas ACC101
  • News Reporting 1 ALJ111
  • News Reporting 2 ALJ112
  • 4 Electives

    Level 2

  • Media Law and Ethics ACC213
  • Multi-Platform Journalism ALJ215
  • Feature Writing ALJ216
  • Broadcast Journalism (Radio) ALJ218
  • Journalism in Society ALJ220
  • 3 Electives

    Level 3

  • Digital News Production 1 ALJ302 (2 credit points)
  • Digital News Production 2 ALJ303 (2 credit points)
  • Local and Community Journalism ALJ304
  • Broadcast Journalism (Television) ALJ319
  • 2 Electives, or

    1 Elective and

  • Journalism Internship ALJ321
  • Electives

    Students are advised to undertake electives in related communications disciplines such as Professional and Creative Writing, Public Relations and Media, or production disciplines such as Film and Television, Photography, Visual Communication Design. Students should also consider undertaking electives in history, politics, and other humanities and social science disciplines to provide foundation knowledge of society and culture.

    In first year students are recommended to use their four electives to complete at least two of ALC104, ALC105, ALR103, ALR104, ALW101, ACM112, ACI102, AIH108 or AIP107.

    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

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    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.

    Course 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

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    Fee information

    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.

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    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Geelong Waurn Ponds

    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of Geelong, boasting expansive landscaped grounds.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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