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Undergraduate

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-JOURN

Humanities

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 Business Law or 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:

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

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • 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

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Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 600

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 2 Semester 1
Journalism Media Law 3.0 25.0
Media Ethics 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
Journalism Media Law 3.0 25.0
Media Ethics 3.0 25.0
Optional units Hrs/Wk Credit
(No year level specified)
Advanced Broadcast 3.0 50.0
Feature Writing 3.0 25.0
Journalism Industry Placement 8.0 25.0
News Writing and Reporting 3.0 25.0
Online Journalism 2.0 25.0
Photo Journalism 3.0 25.0
Presentation for Broadcast 3.0 25.0
Print Production 3.0 50.0
Radio News 4.0 25.0
Television News 3.0 25.0

See Courses Handbook for full course structure

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:

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

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.

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.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

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

TAFE requirements:

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

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Year Student type Cost
2015 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.
$6,160*

*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.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

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

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

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

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $13,400
Indicative year 1 fee $26,600
Total indicative course fee $84,400
Indicative essential incidental course fee $0

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

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This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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