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Overview

  • Study print, radio, TV and online journalism covering reporting, editing and production.
  • Access industry-standard equipment and facilities, dedicated newsrooms, radio and TV studios, editing suites and production offices.
  • Contribute to QUT News bulletins for television and radio and write online news that is incorporated into professional news outlets.
QTAC course code 421222
QUT course code KJ32
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 040293F
Careers
  • Information Officer
  • Journalist
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Public Relations Officer/Consultant
  • Publishing Professional

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Details

From print and broadcast media to online outlets and social media sites such as Twitter, the production and consumption of news has evolved and expanded. Today journalism is produced on more platforms than ever before and consumed through mobile phones and laptops alongside newspapers, TV and radio. Professional journalists continue to set the agenda, managing and validating information in a world swamped by citizen journalism and user-generated content. 

Why choose this course?

QUT’s journalism degree will prepare you to investigate, write and present news across platforms including online, print, radio and television. Hands-on production experience combined with knowledge of theory and context will provide you with a foundation for your journalism career in the twenty-first century.

You’ll have the opportunity to contribute industry-standard content to QUT News and other outlets, with access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including dedicated newsrooms, radio and TV studios, editing suites and production offices. 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, QUT has sponsored the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Queensland Clarion Awards. Journalism students can pursue work experience through industry internships and international exchanges. To view the latest student bulletins visit the QUT News website at www.qutnews.com

Career outcomes

QUT graduates develop successful careers in journalism working for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online media. Others choose careers in public relations, media management and corporate communications. QUT journalism graduates have achieved distinction in high-profile media positions. Our graduates include senior Australian journalists such as Michael Crutcher, (former editor of The Courier-Mail), Leigh Sales, Leila McKinnon and Karl Stefanovic.
 

Scholarships 

In collaboration with Brisbane radio station, 4EBFM, QUT offers a one-year $5000 scholarship that provides broadcast experience and study support to students from non-English speaking backgrounds looking to work in the Australian media. For more information visit www.qut.edu.au/creative-industries/courses-and-study/scholarships

Professional recognition

The QUT 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 Journalism

Your course

To meet the requirements of this course, you must complete a total of 288 credit points comprising: 

  • Journalism core units - 192 credit points
  • Complementary studies - one 96 credit point second major; or two 48 credit point minors; or one minor and four unit options (electives)
Year 1
  • learn writing, reporting, research, data analysis and data management skills
  • study sophisticated writing and production concepts
Year 2
  • further explore writing styles in magazines and feature writing
  • study broadcast reporting, writing and production
  • learn about journalism issues and ethics
Year 3
  • opportunities as senior reporters in print, broadcasting and online media
  • make current affair reports for 4EBFM radio, QUT News or online productions
  • study advanced writing and reporting 
  • opportunity for an internship within the industry

Study Overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

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    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

    I completed secondary school in Australia

    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 5
    Rank 91
    Did you get an OP 1-5?

    If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Listening 6.0
    Overall 6.5

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Course fees

    Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

    2018: $28,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    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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