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Bachelor of Communication in Journalism - 212JA

Course Code: 212JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Arts and Communications
CRICOS Code: 076975E
Selection Rank: 68.00
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Adapt to the fast-changing world of media

The media industry is currently undergoing profound and rapid change. If you want a sustained career in mainstream news, as well as in new and emerging media outlets, this is the perfect course for you.

Study our Bachelor of Communication in Journalism and you will:

  • learn from experienced staff informed by cutting-edge research
  • develop integrated skills in in print, video, audio and online formats, as well  as social media
  • undergo training in investigation, specialist forms of journalism and emerging  digital techniques
  • have access to industry-standard broadcast and online facilities
  • produce news and current affairs stories for publication on the student  journalism website
  • acquire the ability to think critically, analytically and ethically.

Study Opportunities

In third year you will tackle an extended Journalism project, working in a converged  media environment. You will also be provided with an industry placement so you can  apply what you have learnt to a real newsroom.

Other Opportunities

UC's strategic location in the national capital will be to your professional advantage.  Our campus is close to national institutions, including federal parliament and the  parliamentary press gallery, offering you specialized learning and internship  opportunities.

Boost your qualification with a Double Degree:

Career Opportunities

Discover exciting work across many fields of media including:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • radio
  • television
  • online
  • start-up ventures.

Our graduates also often find specialist work in Canberra with government  departments and agencies in media liaison, publication information and publication officer roles.

Other Opportunities

You can apply by way of portfolio and brief interviews with our friendly team of academics.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Normal UC admission requirements to an undergraduate course.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


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

Unit Delivery Modes

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

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Produce a range of content to media industry standards. 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
2. Demonstrate production and presentation techniques in broadcast, print and online environments to industry standard. As above.
3. Demonstrate an ability to apply the journalistic and communication theories which underpin journalism practice. As above.
4. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and apply them to journalistic practice. As above.
5. An understanding of the theoretical principles of communication in society. As above.
6. Understand and apply media research methods. As above.
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. As above.
8. Understand and apply the legal and ethical principles of contemporary journalism. As above.
9. Experience in a professional journalism or media environment through a compulsory internship. As above.
10. Develop generic communication and personal presentation skills to equip graduates for success in professional life. As above.

Course Duration

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


High performing students may be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism Bachelor of Communication in Journalism/Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Australian Politics and Public Policy/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism Bachelor of Politics and International Relations/Bachelor of Communication in Journalism

UCC Pathway

Diploma of Communication; Diploma of Communication Extended.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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