University of Technology Sydney

C10376v3 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BComm)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609505 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087780C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
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.

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

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.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate a rapidly changing world.

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.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Course intended learning outcomes

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
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi- disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact

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.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (C10361).

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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major, a potential 48-credit-point second major, 24 credit points of electives and a 96-credit-point creative intelligence and innovation core.

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.

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ09478 Journalism 48cp
CBK92062 Elective Choice 24cp
CBK92093 Second Major/ Electives 48cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C10376

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing, full time
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  
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
52642 Multimedia Features   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92087 Stream choice 18cp  
December session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
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  
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
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
February session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
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  
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
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  
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81521 Envisioning Futures 6cp  
81528 New Knowledge-making Lab 6cp  
Spring session
81524 Transdisciplinary Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
81541 Research Proposal 6cp  

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:

UTS Student Centre
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or +61 2 9514 1222
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