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Undergraduate

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-JOURN Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Journalism at Curtin has had an excellent reputation with media industries for more than 40 years through its combination of real-world practice, creativity and technological skills, and project work. You will develop the ability to research, prepare and publish news, current affairs and other content across different media platforms, including print, broadcast and online media.

You will undertake practical work in excellent facilities such as the on-campus TV studio, Western Independent newspaper and our community radio station, Curtin FM

This major allows you to incorporate studies in related areas, such as film and television, social sciences (international relations, history, sociology, anthropology) and other disciplines. 

You will have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement in your final year.

Journalism is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

When coupled with Public Relations you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Other requirements

By demonstrating your previous experience, aptitude, or qualifications in a portfolio application, you could now gain entry into our courses. Find out more about portfolio entry.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,300*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Journalist
  • Media Presenter
  • Print Journalist
  • Radio Journalist
  • Television Journalist
  • Photo Journalist
  • Online Journalist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Editor
  • Media Liaison Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Copywriter
  • Media Placement Coordinator

Possible careers

TV News Reporter

If you wish to pursue a career as a TV news reporter, consider choosing a double major or electives from:

Foreign Correspondent

If you wish to follow this career path, we recommend you consider a double major or electives from:

Sports Journalist

If you're seeking a career as a sports journalist we recommend a double major or electives from:

Why Journalism?

  • You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and dedicated media academics and professionals.
  • Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the industry and are well-regarded in the job market.
  • The major features an extensive practical component that gives you an opportunity to graduate with a portfolio of published work to present to potential employers.
  • The major combines theoretical study with a hands-on approach.