Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length

3 years full time

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3*)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)

* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
CRICOS course code083978K
LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 61.25
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 61.85
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (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

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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 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

Course Map

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)

ALJ303Digital News Production 2 (2 credit points)

ALJ304Local and Community Journalism

ALJ319Broadcast Journalism (Television)

2 Electives, or

1 Elective and ALJ321Journalism Internship

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.

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 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)

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 deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au