Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Course summary for international students

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
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 61.25
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): 61.85
English language requirements

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

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

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn how Journalism at Deakin builds your news writing, broadcast and multimedia skills for exciting careers in media.

You’re looking for an exciting career in journalism or the media industries. Deakin’s Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) will equip you with the specialist knowledge and skills you need to pursue your goals. From day one, you’ll have the opportunity to research, write, edit and publish news and feature stories. In year three of your degree you undertake a program of intensive news production in a digital newsroom. This means, when you graduate you’ll have a portfolio of work that showcases your knowledge and skills as a journalist. Along the way you’ll be taught by our expert team of journalism and media practitioners with extensive experience across all the key media platforms: print, television, radio and online.

Most importantly, you’ll complete a journalism internship. This experience provides the opportunity to build industry contacts and in addition to your journalism portfolio, you’ll gain that important entry on your resume: industry experience.

A good journalist has broad interests. The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) has been designed so that you can choose electives from a wide range of subjects, or you can choose a specific sequence of units in an allied field of study or in a subject that is of interest to you.  The degree runs for three years of full-time study with the possibility of continuing on to the professionally oriented one-year Communication Honours degree. This pathway is an attractive option if you’re interested in pursuing a specific project, or want to enhance your research skills.

The news and media industries are dynamic, providing new opportunities for graduates with high level journalism skills and knowledge.  The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) will prepare you for employment in the communications industries, across all media platforms, whether working for large news organisations, allied media businesses, or freelancing.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International
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 fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying. To find the credit point and EFTSL value of each unit, go to the Handbook Unit Search.

This 'Fee paying annual fee' is provided as a guide only. The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken.

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 information is provided as 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 fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email for more information about 2016 fees.

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) (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 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 can be found at International Students - Apply site (Step 3).  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