Bachelor of Journalism

Course summary

Journalism and reporting is an evolving industry that encompasses a multitude of media including print, television, radio, web, and social media to inform, engage and entertain. Journalists have highly honed research, investigation and writing skills and are able to convey a compelling story gathered from various sources.

The Bachelor of Journalism involves core subjects in journalism and a choice of elective subjects from within the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts or from other faculties.

What you will study

The Bachelor of Journalism provides in-depth hands-on training in journalism, converging media (radio, TV, web, phone, tablet), digital communication and multimedia storytelling. It has a strong professional focus, with an emphasis on practical learning with studio-based studies in multimedia content production. You will learn to research, produce and present entertaining and timely stories through video, audio, print and digital technologies including podcasting and webcasting, working both independently and collaboratively.

You'll be part of the UOWTV Multimedia student newsroom, radio program, YouTube channel and weekly web magazine 'The Current'. You will have real deadlines and will need to engage with community and industry.

Course information

Study area

Communications & Media, Creative Arts

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

852

ATAR (UAI)

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

3 years full-time (6 Sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

058983K

UAC Code

754700

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of 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.

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

7.0

6.5

7.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

20

22

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 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: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $71,568

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

Additional Criteria

Applicants are selected on the basis of ATAR (or equivalent), although outstanding results in relevant subjects maybe taken into account. Please refer to the School's website for detailed application information.

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 UAI (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 on 29 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 before session commences.

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

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Journalism will be able to:

  1. Evaluate key issues in contemporary journalism theory and practice;
  2. Resourcefully employ a range of journalism professional practices both independently and collaboratively;
  3. Evaluate production ideas and processes critically and reflectively;
  4. Research and produce informative, entertaining and timely media stories and products in response to project demands;
  5. Communicate ideas and stories in mediums suited to a range of audiences;
  6. Engage a range of sources and communities in the production of media stories;
  7. Apply ethical and culturally informed principles to journalism practice. 

Course structure

All students must complete a minimum of 144 credit points (cp) comprised of the following:

1. 84cp of core Bachelor of Journalism subjects outlined below;

2. 12cp of Journalism and/or Creative electives from the list below;

3. 48cp of other electives to bring the total number of credit points completed to 144.

Note: No more than 48 credit points at 100 level can be counted towards the Bachelor of Journalism degree. No more than 24 credit points of elective subjects may be taken at 100 level, and there must be at least 6 credit points at 300 level. Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300-level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Journalism.

For further information on Awards or Degree Rules, please see the General Course Rules.

Continuing students should consult the handbook from the year they commenced their degree for the appropriate program of study.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
BCM 110Introduction to Communication and Media Studies6Autumn
JRNL101Media Reporting and Storytelling 16Autumn
PHIL106Media, Art and Society6Spring
JRNL102Convergent Media Reporting and Production6Spring
JRNL201Media Reporting and Storytelling 26Autumn
JRNL203Audio Journalism Production 16Autumn
JRNL202Media Editing and Production Practice6Spring
JRNL204Video Journalism Production 16Spring
JRNL301Data Journalism Research and Investigation6Autumn
JRNL305Journalism Professional Practice6Autumn
JRNL303Journalism Newsroom6Autumn
JRNL304Journalism Internship6Autumn, Spring
JRNL302Narrative Portfolio6Spring
JRNL306Issues in Journalism6Spring
Electives
JRNL211Advocacy Journalism6Spring
JRNL212Magazine and Lifestyle Journalism6Spring
JRNL250Professional Writing 16Autumn
CAOS201Social Intersections6Not available in 2017
CAOS202Word and Image6Spring
CAOS203Video6Autumn
CAOS204Sound Design6Spring
CAOS205New Documentary6Spring
CAOS206User Interface Design for Mobile Technologies6Autumn
CAVA211Visual Arts Studio Workshop D6Autumn
CAVA212Visual Arts Studio Workshop E6Spring
CAVA213Visual Arts Studio Workshop F6Summer 2017/2018
CAVA224Advanced Photography 16Autumn
CAVA225Advanced Photography 26Spring
CAVA226Advanced Photography Intensive6Summer 2017/2018
JRNL311Narrative Non-Fiction6Not available in 2017
JRNL313Podcasting and Audio Journalism Production 26Autumn
JRNL314Video Journalism Production 26Spring
JRNL315Journalism Project6Autumn, Spring
JRNL350Professional Writing 26Not available in 2017

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

When you study Journalism at UOW you learn by doing, through studio-based practice. Be inspired by our purpose-built labs, UOWTV Multimedia, fellow students studying other creative disciplines, our campus and the iconic natural location.

Our convergent journalism lab includes a radio studio, digital media and television editing suites, designed to help you deliver your stories in a number of different mediums, including online podcasts and real-time webcasts. You will work alongside experts with industry experience, who understand the impact of the changing media landscape and how you as a future journalist will help drive the future of the digital economy.

Career opportunities
  • Global Communications
  • Digital Publishing
  • Media Strategy and Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Copywriter
  • Market Research
  • Event Coordinator
  • Publicity Officer
  • Tourism Officer
  • Print/Television/Radio/Photo/Online Journalist
  • Government
  • Editor
  • Feature Writer
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Advertising
  • Social Media Manager
  • Media Management Advisor
  • Communication Specialist
  • Corporate Communications
  • Content Development
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