Public Relations and Journalism Double Major
|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, Malaysia, Mauritius or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Study mode||On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus|
February or July
Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Inform the world
Consider a career in public relations (PR) and get inside knowledge of the inner workings of the media industry. In Public Relations you’ll be provided with the writing, event management, networking and organisational skills required to work in corporate or consultancy environments. You’ll learn how to help businesses achieve their goals and how to represent them in the best possible light while considering the needs of all involved.
In Journalism you’ll develop the theoretical and practical skills of the field, and the ability to research, prepare and publish news and current affairs stories across the media. Throughout your studies, you will be given the opportunity to publish your work through Curtin FM and the Western Independent.
This major combination can be taken as either a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Arts. If you enrol in the Bachelor of Commerce you will gain broad business knowledge through your first year by completing common core business units. These units provide an introduction to the various aspects of business.
High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.
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.
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 verbal or quantitative
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
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
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Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
English, English Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect
Desirable WACE coursesApplicable Mathematics or Discrete Mathematics
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|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.
2011 essential subjects
At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B
2011 desirable subjects:Mathematics 2C/2D
Regional campuses may offer the common first year units only.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
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.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*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.
You can apply for membership of the
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).
If you are eligible, you may be exempt from completing some units, and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
This course can help you become a:
- Public Relations Officer
- Media Presenter
- Events Coordinator
- Internal Communications Coordinator
- Public Relations Consultant
- Community Relations Specialist
- Public Affairs Consultant
This double major allows you to work closely with people and pursue your interests in relationships and communication. It will provide you with in-depth knowledge on how to best represent businesses and individuals.
You’ll have ability and responsibility to reinforce or change traditional values and beliefs, and to seek greater truths and understandings about the way we live. You can find employment in a diverse range of public relations and journalism positions. PR prepares you for a professional career in consultancy, corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations.
You can also gain employment as an advertising professional, events coordinator and media officer. A diverse range of journalism careers exist within media outlets such as newspapers, television and radio.
You’ll gain hands-on experience by "pitching" an idea to a well-known organisation. You’ll also complete a work placement and gain excellent experience and industry contacts.
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.
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