Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Course summary for international students

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No

3 years full time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)

* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,000 AUD
CRICOS course code083978K
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A331
VTAC Codes1400310183 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400510183 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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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 considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

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.

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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

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ALJ111News Reporting 1

ALJ112News Reporting 2

4 Electives

Level 2

ACC213Media Law and Ethics

ALJ215Multi-Platform Journalism

ALJ216Feature Writing

ALJ218Broadcast Journalism (Radio)

ALJ220Journalism in Society

3 Electives

Level 3

ALJ302Digital News Production 1 (2 credit points) (Commencing 2017)

ALJ303Digital News Production 2 (2 credit points) (Commencing 2017)

ALJ304Local and Community Journalism

ALJ319Broadcast Journalism (Television)

2 Electives, or

1 Elective and 

ALJ321Journalism Internship


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.


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Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

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


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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact