Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) prepares you for the changing media climate, providing graduates with skills to work across all news platforms.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Tell stories that matter and build a portfolio of work to launch your future in the fast-evolving news media industries. Taking a hands-on approach, you will have opportunities to unearth stories, source interviews, and write and produce news packages that engage, entertain and inspire audiences on print, online, video and audio platforms. Make your voice heard in Deakin’s journalism publication, DScribe, and kickstart your career with a sought-after internship with one of our industry partners. 

With access to our specialist newsroom and industry-standard equipment on campus or specialising as a mobile journalist from anywhere in the world, you will produce news, current affairs and feature packages with impact. You will grow your entrepreneurial mindset, from pitching story ideas to promoting the finished product on social media. You will be ready for a broad range of careers, from newsrooms, to organisations connecting with customers through story, to freelance content creation opportunities. 

Do you want real-life hands-on industry experience while you study? 

This degree offers opportunities to gain industry experience, and is guided by professional journalists with extensive skills and knowledge across print, television, radio and digital media. You will learn about:

  • news reporting
  • feature writing
  • interview techniques
  • pitching and editing
  • audio, video and online, multi-platform storytelling
  • media law and ethics
  • community journalism
  • podcasting
  • researching stories.

While developing your knowledge in communication and media, you'll also get sought-after experience during your studies through an internship with one of our partners in the news media industries.

This course will prepare you for employment in the communications industries across all media platforms. You might find work in large news organisations, allied media businesses, trade publications, corporate communications roles or freelancing.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units
  • 3 course electives from level 1 (List A)
  • 3 course electives from level 2/3 (List B)
  • 6 credit points of electives (at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level)
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • no fewer than 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Level 1

  • Communication in Everyday Life
  • News Reporting 1
  • News Reporting 2
  • Level 2

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Feature Writing
  • Podcasting and the Art of Audio Journalism
  • Video Journalism
  • Level 3

  • Communication Internship A: Placement
  • Communication Internship B: Career Development
  • Local Journalism
  • News Production 1
  • News Production 2
  • Course Electives

    Complete three 1 credit point units chosen from the following course electives (List A):

  • Design Skills
  • Advertising Principles and Practices
  • Creative Brand Communication
  • Making Social Media
  • Making Video
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Strategic Communication and Writing
  • Either

  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Or

  • Aboriginal Australian Stories and Songlines
  • Complete three 1 credit point units chosen from the following course electives (List B):

  • Documentary Production
  • Quantified Media
  • Global Media
  • Managing Information in the Digital Age
  • Communication Research Practices
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Journalism in Society
  • Ethical Communication and Citizenship
  • Either 

  • Caring for Country
  • Or

  • Politics of Resistance in Indigenous Australia
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least two must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts. We also recommend students complete at least two more course electives listed.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400310183 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400510183 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A331
    CRICOS code?
    083978K Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud campus

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning experiences are embedded within the course’s core units.

    Entry requirements

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 international student fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Further studies are available at Honours and Postgraduate level. Many students choose to enter into the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) or the Master of Communication

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Our graduates work in-house or freelance for print, radio, television and multimedia newsrooms. They also work in business, government and the not-for-profit sector, taking up roles as:

    • advertising copywriters
    • book, magazine or newspaper editors
    • copywriters
    • digital content managers
    • digital marketing specialists
    • food writers
    • foreign correspondents
    • journalists
    • magazine writers
    • media and communications advisers
    • news presenters
    • reporters
    • social media coordinators
    • speechwriters
    • travel writers.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of journalism through analysing, applying and communicating the key disciplinary principles and concepts.

    Communication

    Demonstrate communication skills in accordance with journalistic standards to be able to conduct interviews, write, produce and present stories for print, broadcast and online media in a style appropriate for the specific publication and audience.

    Digital literacy

    Conduct research for news and current affairs and analyse, synthesise and disseminate 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

    In the context of newsgathering and production, respond to journalistic challenges including unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and situations and generate pragmatic and creative solutions.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate the ability to reflect on knowledge acquisition and skills development and how these relate to career aspirations and the development of a professional identity which is responsive to change in work environments journalistic practice.

    Teamwork

    Work collaboratively and constructively to achieve team goals and foster effective relationships with the team.

    Global citizenship

    Employ relevant legal, ethical and cultural knowledge when engaging in journalistic practice in a range of diverse cultural, social and political environments domestically and internationally.

    Approved by Faculty Board January 2017