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Undergraduate

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-JOURN Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
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.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.

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.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

English language proficiency

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

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

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

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

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.