Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquires

 

Burwood (Melbourne)

Tel 03 9246 8100

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Paul Bethell, +61 3 924 43929paul.bethell@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code083978K
VTAC Codes1400310181 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510181 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A331

New course commenced 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) have high-level skills and knowledge in journalism, particularly identify, research, plan and produce news stories for print, broadcast and online media, being particularly skilled in multi-platform journalism and the demands of news audiences for engaging and newsworthy stories. 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 but 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 studies of Journalism in society, both locally and globally, 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 nine elective units which students can use to build further professional skills in, for example, film and television, public relations, design, photography or media to maximise their employment opportunities.

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core units

Level 1

Trimester 1

ALJ111News Reporting 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

2 Electives

Trimester 2

ALJ112News Reporting 2

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)

2 Electives

Level 2

Trimester 1

ALJ215Multi-Platform Journalism (commencing 2016)

ACC213Media Law and Ethics (ACC213 also offered in Trimester 2 from 2016)

ALJ220Journalism in Society (commencing 2016)

ALJ216Feature Writing (commencing Trimester 2 2016)

Trimester 2

ALJ218Broadcast Journalism (Radio) (commencing 2016)

3 Electives

Level 3

Trimester 1

ALJ302Digital News Production 1 (commencing 2017)

ALJ305Advanced Concepts in Journalism (commencing 2017)

2 Electives or 1 Elective and ALJ321 Journalism Internship

Trimester 2

ALJ303Digital News Production 2 (commencing 2017)

ALJ304Local and Community Journalism (commencing 2016)

ALJ306International Journalism (commencing 2017)

ALJ319Broadcast Journalism (Television)

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 should use their four electives to complete at least two of ALC104, ALC105, ALR103, ALR104, ALW101, ACM112, ACI102, AIH108 or AIP107.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

How to apply

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

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

 

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