Bachelor of Communication & Media (Journalism)

Course summary

Journalists gather, analyse, and present information to inform, engage and entertain a variety of audiences across different media platforms. With this in mind, the Journalism major has multimedia production at its heart.  This major will equip you with in-demand multimedia journalism knowledge and skills that can be applied in many different industry contexts.  You will work on news and long-form journalism and will explore a range of events and issues with the goal of publication across the program’s social media and website.

What you will study

The Journalism major is highly practical. Students will be immersed in the evolving world of journalism and will develop storytelling knowledge and skills involving text, audio, video, data visualisation and mobile content-creation. You will source stories and produce multi-media material for a range of publications, including social and online sites.

Course information

Study area

Business, Communications & Media

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1706

ATAR (UAI)

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

094791G

UAC Code

753110

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

16

16

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,128
Full Course Fee: $78,768

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge:  Any two units of English
Recommended Studies: English Advanced

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited ATAR (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct):29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate sound understanding of media and communication industries, practices, users, and regulation;
2 Demonstrate practical production skills appropriate to one or more of digital and social media, global screen media, visual communication design, journalism, and marketing communication and advertising;
3 Communicate effectively and ethically across a wide range of contexts, and contribute at a high level to the circulation of ideas and information;
4 Demonstrate the capacity to work independently and in teams, to manage continuous professional self-development, and to sustain professional relationships with integrity;
5 Synthesise conceptual, analytical and practical production skills to address complex issues in media and communication;
6 Develop novel solutions and resources that demonstrate expertise in media and communication.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Communication and Media, a candidate must successfully complete at least 144 credit points, comprised of:

    1.  All the core subjects listed to a total 48 credit points;    

    2. At least one of the five majors in this degree (48 credit points):       

        • Digital and Social Media
        • Global Screen Media
        • Journalism
        • Marketing Communication and Advertising
        • Visual Communication Design

    3. Electives to bring the total number of credit points completed to 144.

Note: No more than 60 credit points at 100 level. 


BCM Core Subjects
  

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit Points
Year 1
BCM 110Introduction to Communication and Media Studies6
BCM 111Global Media and Culture6
BCM 113Media Ethics and Law6
BCM 114Making Media6
Year 2
BCM 212Understanding Research Practice6
BCM 222Global Media and Social Justice6
BCM 241Media Ethnographies6
Year 3
Plus ONE from the following:
BCM 312Emerging Issues in Media & Communication6
BCM 313The Future of Work6

Timetables

Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Majors

Majors are available in the following. Please see relevant pages for information.

Minors

Minors are available in the following. Please see relevant pages for information.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA) also offers a large number of other minors.

Information regarding minors, including which subjects to take to complete a minor, are available on the 2018 General Schedule of Minors page.

Most minors offered in the Bachelor of Arts consist of 24 credit points and require at least 12 credit points at 200 level or higher.

Minors appear on the transcript (i.e. academic record) but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded students need to submit an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students' are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.

Dean's Scholar Degrees

In January of each year, the Faculty invites applications from high achieving students to apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar) degree, or Dean's Scholar double degrees.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Communication and Media (Dean's Scholar) degree, or Dean's Scholar double degrees, applicants would normally meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in the BCM (1706) or any other degree;
  • Full-time student;
  • Have successfully completed two full sessions of study or 8 subjects;
  • Have a WAM (weighted average mark) of at least 82.

For more information including the full list of Dean's Scholar Degrees and how to apply online visit the LHA Dean Scholar website.

Honours

Students can do an Honours degree in the Bachelor of Communication and Media. This requires additional study (one year full-time, or two years part-time).

Honours may be undertaken by students who meet the requirements for enrolment.

Further information can be accessed at UOW Honours.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Communication and Media at UOW will give you the skills to develop communication projects that will develop your understanding of the industry, while providing critical experience in preparation for future employment. Whatever your interest or passion, UOW will help you grow into a multi-skilled media-savvy professional.

Awards and rankings

The Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2017 ranked UOW 1st in Australia for Communications.

The QS World Rankings by Subject 2017 ranked UOW:

  • in the top 150 universities in the world for Art and Design
  • in the top 200 universities in the world for Communication and Media Studies

Career opportunities
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