Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
3 years full time
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$24,080* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||083978K|
IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
|Deakin course code||A331|
|VTAC Codes||1400310183 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400510183 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
New course commenced 2015.
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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
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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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
|ALJ111||News Reporting 1|
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ALJ112||News Reporting 2|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (ACC101 also offered in trimester 3)|
|ALJ215||Multi-Platform Journalism (commencing 2016)|
|ACC213||Media Law and Ethics (ACC213 also offered in Trimester 2 from 2016)|
|ALJ220||Journalism in Society (commencing 2016)|
|ALJ216||Feature Writing (commencing Trimester 2 2016)|
|ALJ218||Broadcast Journalism (Radio) (commencing 2016)|
|ALJ302||Digital News Production 1 (commencing 2017)|
|ALJ305||Advanced Concepts in Journalism (commencing 2017)|
2 Electives or 1 Elective and ALJ321 Journalism Internship
|ALJ303||Digital News Production 2 (commencing 2017)|
|ALJ304||Local and Community Journalism (commencing 2017)|
|ALJ306||International Journalism (commencing 2017)|
|ALJ319||Broadcast Journalism (Television)|
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
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/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php
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
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org