University of Technology Sydney

C10361v2 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BComm)
UAC code: 600013 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087733K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Notes

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) before 2022 can view their revised program of study here.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
External articulation
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Honours
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

For those interested in investigating world issues like politics, climate change or global relations, and sharing them with the public, journalism is an exciting and broad career option. It combines skills in writing, production, research and critical thinking to develop students’ capacities to frame world issues and affairs in accessible and relevant ways. UTS teaches journalism on the principle that it is a public good, and that any functional society requires a free and robust media. We encourage our graduates to be critical thinkers and train them in the ethical, intellectual, and political foundations needed to start their professional lives.

Situated in the heart of Sydney in close proximity to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is a practice-based course, providing opportunities to engage with real reporting through UTS Central News and industry leaders like the ABC, The Guardian and more. The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) gives students a crucial understanding of the role journalists play in a democracy, with journalism providing a forum for public debate and giving voice to all communities. Through hands-on practice, students also gain the skills in production, digital content creation, news reporting and analysis and writing required to excel in this diverse industry. These skills can be applied in various media platforms, including online, audio, television, video, print and social media.

Career options

To increase career flexibility, students can add a second major from five of the other majors offered in the Bachelor of Communication, and build further skills and portfolios that equip them for a range of work options in media and communication. These courses give students practical and transferrable skills for the expanding media industries.

Graduates leave with access to many career options, including reporter, producer, editor, social media editor, sub-editor, feature and freelance journalist, investigative journalist, researcher, and print, broadcast and online media content producer. In areas related to journalism, graduates may wish to pursue roles such as media advisors, communication consultants, content producers, or work in government and non-government organisations in a communication role.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Act in a professional manner appropriate to communication industries
1.2 Apply theoretically informed understandings of communication industries to independent and collaborative projects across a range of media
2.1 Employ appropriate research and inquiry skills to independently gather, organise and analyse information across diverse platforms
2.2 Act as reflexive critical thinkers and innovative creative practitioners who evaluate their own and others' work
3.1 Demonstrate a strong awareness, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity, equity and global contexts
4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Analyse and act ethically in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
6.1 Exemplify effective and appropriate communication in different communication industry contexts
6.2 Utilise digital literacy and production skills across a range of media

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

External articulation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has established credit recognition packages with the following institutions:

  • UTS College: Diploma of Communication
  • Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major, a potential 48-credit-point second major, and 24 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students take part in relevant and applied journalism tasks throughout the course, and must undertake a professional internship with a media organisation.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09478 Journalism 48cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp
CBK92093 Second Major/ Electives 48cp
Total 144cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10361

Course program

Typical course programs are shown below for students commencing in either Autumn, Spring or Summer session who are completing 8 credit point elective subjects. Students have the option to complete 6 credit point elective subjects under CBK92062 Elective Choice.

All students choose a second major stream when enrolling in their first session. This 18 credit point stream consists of three major subjects from another major. Students can choose any second major (excluding Media Arts and Production).

Students who choose not to continue with their second major choice can continue in their course by choosing 30 credit points of electives (i.e. five 6 credit point subjects). Students wishing to complete 30 credit points of electives should request this via erequest.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52640 Media Law and Ethics   6cp
52641 News Now   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52642 Multimedia Features   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52643 Sound Journalism   6cp
52644 Visual Journalism   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
52645 Digital Journalism Research   6cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52646 Investigations, Data and Collaboration   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52647 Professional Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52641 News Now   6cp
52642 Multimedia Features   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
52640 Media Law and Ethics   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
52644 Visual Journalism   6cp
52645 Digital Journalism Research   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52643 Sound Journalism   6cp
52646 Investigations, Data and Collaboration   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Spring session
52647 Professional Project   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Summer commencing, Summer commencing
Year 1
Summer session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
52641 News Now   6cp
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
52640 Media Law and Ethics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52642 Multimedia Features   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52643 Sound Journalism   6cp
52644 Visual Journalism   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp  
52645 Digital Journalism Research   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
52646 Investigations, Data and Collaboration   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
Spring session
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92081 Second Major Choice 48cp  
CBK92066 Electives 30cp  
52647 Professional Project   6cp

Honours

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) (C09047) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students.

Professional recognition

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for professional level membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
  • Students are eligible for student membership of the MEAA and access to the MEAA, Women in Media and Walkley Foundation network which provides skill development programs.
  • The course is recognised by the MEAA and the Australian Press Council.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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