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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism - 217JA

Course Code: 217JA
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): Discipline of Communication and Media
CRICOS Code: 077615K
ATAR 68.00
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 5.5

Become a journalist and specialise in an area you’re passionate about

Become a qualified journalist while enhancing your degree with a broad education in the liberal arts. Harness your spirit of inquiry with professional skills in media and communication and enrich your career opportunities.

Combine a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism at UC to:

  • gain a professional qualification in Journalism
  • combine communication and media studies with journalistic skills
  • have the study flexibility to acquire broad academic knowledge
  • specialise in divergent areas to further enhance your employment prospects including; politics & International Relations, Sports Management, Science, Marketing, Law and Society and many more.

Study opportunities

  • Industry placements are available for you to experience working in a professional newsroom.
  • UC's strategic location in the national capital close to the parliamentary press gallery offers you specialised learning opportunities.
  • You can exit the course early with a single degree:
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Communication in Journalism.

Career opportunities

This double degree promises outstanding employment opportunities in:

  • National media companies
  • radio and television
  • general and specialist magazines
  • the publishing arms of large corporations
  • new and emerging media
  • press office and media liaison positions. 

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Email artsanddesign.enquiries@canberra.edu.au or Phone (02) 6201 2570 or 6206 3887

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Refer to individual courses.

Assumed Knowledge

Refer to individual courses

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts BA
Bachelor of Communication in Journalism BComm Jnl

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Communication in Journalism

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is closed to new admissions from Semester1, 2016. For further information, please contact the faculty of Arts & Design.

Professional Accreditation

None

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide students with a flexible preparation for many areas of vocational and professional employment, as well as the broad perspective required for informed citizenship through an in-depth understanding of three discipline areas.

The course aims to equip students with a range of skills necessary for being an independent thinker, and to improve your ability to deal confidently and effectively with complex reasoning, argumentation and divergent thinking.

Further, the course aims to develop students' capacities to analyse and evaluate complex arguments, to construct strong and convincing arguments and to communicate those arguments effectively. It also aims to develop skills needed for idea generation and creative problem solving.

The course provides foundation units in the first year to develop all the essential generic skills as listed in the UC Generic Skills Policy.

The UC Generic Skills are also developed across the three Majors. While some units in some Majors focus on a few of the Generic Skills, by the completion of a Major, all the skills have been developed. These skills are developed in a general (Foundation units) and discipline specific way (Majors and Open Electives).

The course also provides open electives from any discipline within the University of Canberra.
1. Communication:
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

2. Analysis and inquiry:
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

3. Problem solving:
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others:
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility:
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.
1. Produce a range of content to media industry standards.
2. Demonstrate production and presentation techniques in broadcast, print and online environments to industry standard.
3. Demonstrate an ability to apply the journalistic and communication theories which underpin journalism practice.
4. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and apply them to journalistic practice.
5. An understanding of the theoretical principles of communication in society.
6. Understand and apply media research methods.
7. Understanding of the role of the media in society and the impact of journalism on public debate. In particular, understand the rapid changes currently occurring in media industries.
8. Understand and apply the legal and ethical principles of contemporary journalism.
9. Experience in a professional journalism or media environment through a compulsory internship.
Develop generic communication and personal presentation skills to equip graduates for success in professional life.
1. Communication:
The ability to present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively and communicate within and across professional and cultural boundaries.

2. Analysis and inquiry:
The ability to gather information, and to analyse and evaluate information and situations in a systematic, creative and insightful way.

3. Problem solving:
The ability to apply problem-solving processes in novel situations; to identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions.

4. Working independently and with others:
The ability to plan their own work, be self-directed, and use interpersonal skills and attitudes to work collaboratively.

5. Professionalism and social responsibility:
The capacity and intention to use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly, for the benefit of others and the environment.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

Refer to individual courses.

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended; Diploma of International Studies; Diploma of International Studies (Extended).

Offerings

  • 2017->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2014->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2015->UC Bruce Campus-Internal
    • 2016->UC Bruce Campus-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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