Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Course summary for international students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)|
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)
|Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||$27,040 for 1 yr full-time AUD|
|CRICOS course code||083978K|
|English language requirements|
IELTS overall score of 6 (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
|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.|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- 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
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.
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.|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|Analyse unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions in a journalistic context.|
|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.|
|Work collaboratively with journalistic colleagues, other professionals and community members and build personal contacts and networks.|
|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
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
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ALJ111||News Reporting 1|
|ALJ112||News Reporting 2|
|ACC213||Media Law and Ethics|
|ALJ218||Broadcast Journalism (Radio)|
|ALJ220||Journalism in Society|
|ALJ302||Digital News Production 1 (2 credit points)|
|ALJ303||Digital News Production 2 (2 credit points)|
|ALJ304||Local and Community Journalism|
|ALJ319||Broadcast 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 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. 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
- 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