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Overview

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 8

Rank 84

  • Join the list of our graduates including Leigh Sales, Peter Greste, Leila McKinnon, Conor Duffy and Karl Stefanovic.
  • Learn to prepare and present news through a variety of social channels and across online, print and broadcast platforms.
  • Go beyond the writing, communication and ethical foundations of journalism and build your production skills through hands-on experience in world class facilities.
  • Access newsrooms, radio and TV studios and contribute to QUT News and other outlets. You'll also have the opportunity to apply for industry internships and international exchanges.
QTAC course code421222
QUT course code KC40
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February, July
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 096577J
Careers
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant

Details

This course will provide you with a broad knowledge of the foundations of news reporting focusing on identifying, researching and then structuring news reports in an evolving news environment.
You initially will learn how to recognize the fundamental attributes of news and others journalism forms; use the mobile technologies available, evaluate events for their potential news value, how to record interviews and perform other reporting tasks, and to write socially responsible news stories.
 
Further study areas will cover communication theory and practice, journalism law, managing social media, writing and production techniques, journalism ethics and a comprehensive understanding of industry structures and functions.

Why choose this course?

The world is a noisy place. So much chatter. So many points of view. There's a flood of facts flowing through our phones. How many of those facts are true? And how can today's journalist gather, process and present news stories that people can connect to? That's exactly what you're going to learn in this course.

Our journalism degree will prepare you for a changing world. You'll learn to prepare and present news through a variety of social channels and across online, print and broadcast platforms.

Real-world learning

This course goes beyond the writing, communication and ethical foundations of journalism and builds your production skills through hands-on experience in world class facilities. You'll access newsrooms, radio and TV studios and contribute to QUT News and other outlets. You'll also have the opportunity to apply for industry internships and international exchanges.

Learn from the best

Learn from working professionals and internationally renowned scholars of journalism and media studies. Journalism staff maintain close links to the industry through their association with high-profile awards and organisations. For example, we have sponsored the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Queensland Clarion Awards.

Real-world facilities

You’ll access newsrooms and studios, and contribute to real-world projects including QUT news.  To view the bulletins produced by QUT journalism students visit the QUT News website.

 

Career outcomes

Our journalism graduates have achieved distinction in high-profile news, media and public relations positions. Our graduates include senior Australian journalists such as Leigh Sales, Peter Greste, Leila McKinnon, Conor Duffy and Karl Stefanovic.

 

Double degrees

Prepare for a journalism career with a specialist focus, or use your advanced research and writing skills in other industries. Choose a double degree with:

  • business to forge a career as a journalist with a specialty in finance, international affairs, or political and social commentary. You may also work as a media executive, business analyst or researcher.
  • justice for opportunities include working as a journalist with a specialty in areas of justice such as criminology, policing, policy and governance, as a media manager for legal environments, or an analyst of legal matters for media organisations.
  • law to develop a career in journalism focusing on legal affairs, politics, crime reporting and foreign affairs, or work as a solicitor, barrister or in-house lawyer, including media lawyer.
  • science where you may expect a range of employment opportunities within the public and private sector due to the growing demand for science communicators.

Professional recognition

Our journalism degree is recognised by the Australian Journalists' Association section of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), you must complete a total of 288 credit points, made up of:

  • a journalism major (144 credit points)
  • four core units (48 credit points)
  • complementary studies: a second major (96 credit points), two minors (48 credit points each), or one minor (48 credit points) and 48 credit points chosen from unit options (electives).

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 8

Rank 84

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

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  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (421222 ) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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