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Bachelor of Communication and Journalism
Bachelor of Communication and Journalism

Bachelor of Communication and Journalism

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

Prerequisites: Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3&4, C)

English Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0

  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL

  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)

  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)

  • OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)

  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Course Information

Developed in close consultation with industry, the Bachelor of Communication and Journalism will produce communication specialists who understand the diversity and complexity of the contemporary communication and media landscape and are able to thrive within it.

Specifically designed to respond to the demand for graduates who are ready for the challenges and opportunities of next generation media and associated industries, this degree will equip students with a comprehensive set of advanced writing skills, multimedia production abilities, and the capacity to think both laterally and creatively.

You will work alongside and learn from some of the best journalists, editors, producers, content makers and communication professionals in the country. Our top industry placements open doors to a diverse media career. Our graduates will be professional storytellers, journalists and communicators who are set to lead innovation and change in the 21st century communication and media industry.

Graduates will be well equipped to work within journalism, freelance writing, strategic or public relations, corporate promotions, commercial communication, creative industries, public relations and communications firms, government and non-government organisations, not-for-profit and aid organisations, media and the film industry, entrepreneurial and start-up organisations.


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Year 1

You must complete the following courses:

  • Introduction to Communication and Journalism - 1505LHS

  • Research and Writing for Journalism - 1507LHS

  • Empowering the Professional Communicator - 1509LHS

  • Free-choice electives


  • Language and Communication for Arts and Social Sciences - 5904LHS (see Note 1)

  • Communication: Theory and Scholarship - 1511LHS

  • Communication Performance - 1512LHS

  • Digital Media and Portfolio Production - 1513LHS

  • Free-choice electives

Note 1: Students required to undertake the English Language Enhancement course must complete 5904LHS in their first trimester of study in place of an elective.

Year 2

You must complete the following courses:

  • Media Law - 2513LHS

  • Ethical Communication - 2505LHS

  • Global Journalism, Media and Communication - 2506LHS

  • Level 2 Listed electives

  • Digital Audio Media Production - 2523LHS

  • Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 2508LHS

  • Media Relations - 2515LHS

Year 3

You must complete the following courses:

  • Advanced Digital Media Production - 3502LHS (see Note 1)

  • Industry Internship 1 - 3531LHS

  • Level 3 Listed electives

  • Communication for Social and Environmental Change Project - 3503LHS (see Note 1)

  • Crisis and Disaster Communication - 3517LHS

Note 1: These courses are designed as the capstone experience for the final year.

Listed electives

Year 2 Listed electives

You must complete 20 credit points from the following courses:


  • Public Writing and Professional Practice - 2512LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Longform Journalism - 2514LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Media, Politics and Public Opinion - 2509LHS (offered in even years)

  • Investigative Journalism - 2507LHS

  • Environmental and Climate Change Communication - 2524LHS (offered in even years)

  • Health and Science Communication - 2525LHS

Year 3 Listed electives

You must complete 20 credit points from the following courses:

  • Media Campaigns and Strategies - 3518LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Global Mobility Study Tour

  • Human Rights Journalism and Communication - 3507LHS

  • Rethinking Journalism and Media - 3025LHS

  • Industry Internship 2 - 3532LHS

  • Social Media for Journalism and Public Relations - 3521LHS

Free-choice electives

You may select free-choice electives from the list below which includes Level 2 and Level 3 courses. Please note, however, that these are a more advanced level than those designed for Level 1. You may also select any Undergraduate free-choice elective/s offered across the University provided pre-requisites are met. You must ensure that you do not exceed the maximum of Level 1 courses (100 credit points) in your entire program. If you require guidance please contact the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science.

  • Understanding the Social World - 1007LHS

  • Islam in the Modern World - 1603LHS

  • First Peoples - 1088LHS

  • Introduction to Screen Analysis - 1009LHS

  • World History - 1117LHS

  • Introduction to Creative Writing - 1104LHS

  • Approaches to Human Security - 1213LHS

  • Introduction to Photography - 1613QCA (see Note 1)

  • Linguistics 1A - Introduction to the Study of Language I - 1001LHS (not offered from 2022)

  • Communication: A Linguistic Approach - 1003LHS

  • Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) 1A - 1084LHS

  • Italian 1A - 1090LHS

  • Intensive Italian 1A - 1092LHS (not offered from 2020)

  • Japanese 1A - 1032LHS

  • Spanish 1A - 1080LHS

  • Sociology of Identity - 2143LHS

  • Power and Politics - 2139LHS (not offered from 2019)


  • Popular Music, Culture and Identity - 3056LHS (offered Online)

  • Structures of (in)security - 2718LHS

  • Migration, Settlement and Integration - 3550LHS

  • Australia and the World - 2101LHS

  • Writing History - 3052LHS (not offered from 2021)

  • Feature Writing - 3506LHS (not offered from 2021)


  • Human Rights Journalism and Communication - 3507LHS

  • Public Writing and Professional Practice - 2512LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Popular Genres - 3723LHS

  • Gothic Afterlives - 2141LHS

  • Media Law - 2513LHS

  • Advanced Project - 3060LHS

  • Media Campaigns and Strategies - 3518LHS (offered in odd years)

  • Writing Short Fiction - 2036LHS

  • Sociology of Youth - 2026LHS

  • Aboriginal Political Histories - 2034LHS

  • Great Empires of Islamic Civilization - 2610LHS (not offered from 2019)

  • War, Peace and Security: Humanity and History - 3145LHS

  • Islam, Media and Conflict - 2611LHS (not offered from 2019)


  • Religious and Ideological Extremism - 2615LHS

  • Media, Politics and Public Opinion - 2509LHS (offered in even years)

  • Writing Across Cultures - 2106LHS

  • A History of Terrorism and Political Violence - 2055LHS

  • The Body in History - 2054LHS

  • Contemporary Aboriginal Issues - 3053LHS

  • Community Internship and Partnerships for SDGs - 3002LFC

  • Independent Internship - 3200LHS

Note 1: This course is offered at the South Bank campus only. Please contact your Program Director for further information.

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Occupations include: social media coordinator, community and stakeholder engagement officer, digital marketing specialist, communications officer, events manager, social media manager, public relations consultant, public relations professional, strategic communications specialist, media liaison officer, campaign manager, media analyst, promotions officer, copywriter, journalist, reporter, producer, researcher, editor freelance writer, corporate promotions and communications.

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