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Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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Do you have a passion for storytelling and great communication? Do you want to uncover and report on real issues? Journalists work in a world of endless possibility in a fast-paced environment.

CSU’s Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) is at the cutting edge of 21st Century journalism, yet remains the most professionally focused journalism course in Australia. This course prepares you for the journalism of the future, building on more than 40 years of experience in educating journalists for news environments around the world. 

There are plenty of hands-on learning experiences and you’ll be involved in professional newsroom operations on campus from your first year. 

CSU’s journalism degree balances the latest in social media, convergent and database journalism with critical inquiry and time-honoured essentials in reporting and writing. 

The degree responds to the rise of specialist journalism, with students choosing academic enrichment study and majoring in other discipline areas of their choice. 

At CSU you’ll experience ‘real’ journalism through our on campus radio station and online publication. You will be taught by our dedicated staff, who bring a wealth of industry experience from online, television, radio, newspaper and magazine outlets.

  • Why study this course?

    Four main reasons to study with CSU are: 

    • you’ll use industry standard technology to collect and produce news and current affairs reporting to professional standards
    • the course is taught by professionals with extensive industry experience
    • internships are available with leading media organisations
    • CSU’s journalism course is highly recommended by employers as the place to start your career.

    This course is highly regarded within the industry due to its professional balance between practical industry standards and rigorous intellectual inquiry. Our graduates can be found in all leading media organisations. 

    At CSU, the classroom is the newsroom. You’ll gain experience as a journalist in our on campus community radio station, 2MCE FM, reporting news to the Bathurst and Orange communities. 

    Workplace learning

    You’ll also create digital journalism content using our online news environments. Many of our students go on to be cadets or contributors to the National Radio News, which broadcasts to around 90 community stations and organisations across Australia. 

    You’ll gain further industry experience through a four-week internship in a leading media organisation such as the ABC, Fairfax Media, Fox Sports or Sky News.

    Latest facilities

    Gain access to the latest equipment, technology and techniques on campus, including:

    • on campus community radio station, which supplies student-produced news bulletins to 90 radio stations around Australia daily
    • multifunction television studio
    • multimedia production facilities.

    Experience our campus

    If you would like to see more of the great facilities and meet some of the academic staff in Communication and Creative Industries at CSU, you can book a course consultation. To organise your consultation, visit our booking page.

    You can also book a general tour of the campus where you would be studying.

    Book a campus tour.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU journalism graduates go on to work with metropolitan or regional radio, television, print and online media organisations across Australia. 

    Our graduates work in news, current affairs and other program areas, as well as in the booming online journalism sector. 

    Roles include, but are not limited to: 

    • multimedia journalist 
    • online journalist 
    • social media journalist 
    • broadcast (television/radio) journalist 
    • researcher 
    • media adviser 
    • sub-editor 
    • digital content producer/manager.

    Expand your career options

    The degree also responds to the rise of specialist journalism, with students choosing academic enrichment study, majoring in other discipline areas of their choice. 

    If you’re interested in a career in sports journalism, you can study our four-year double degree, the Bachelor of Sport Studies / Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), where you’ll learn about both the sport and journalism industries. You’ll graduate with both the Bachelor of Sport Studies and the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), which will prepare you for a career in sports broadcasting, sports journalism, sports webcasting, positions in a sports agency, team or league, or as a corporate media information officer.  

  • Subjects

    Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    To successfully graduate from the Bachelor Communication (with specialisation) students will be required to complete 192 points. These comprise 80 points of Communication Foundation Studies, 64 points of Discipline Specialisation Studies and 48 points of Academic Enrichment Studies offered from within SCCI and/or externally as approved by the Course Director. This structure will also serve the Geraldton University Centre (GUC) offering of the BCommunication (Journalism).

    The course structure is as follows:

    Communication Foundation Subjects (80 points)
    COM111 Professional Writing (8)
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators (8)
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production (8)
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities (8)
    COM124 Communication in Context (8)
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship (8)
    CCI300 Communication & Creative Industries Professional Practice (24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork (8)

    Advertising Specialisation Subjects (64 points)

    ADV104 Understanding Advertising (8)
    ADV105 The Advertising Business (8)
    ADV205 Advertising Creative (8)
    ADV206 Channel Planning (8)
    ADV207 Channel Planning in Action (8)
    COM224 Communication Research Strategies (8)
    ADV317 Advertising Strategy and Planning (16)

    Radio Specialisation Subjects (64 points)
    COM113 Commercial Radio Industry (8)
    COM112 Digital Media
    COM125 Radio Production and Content Management (8)
    COM233 Media Sales Principles (8)
    COM234 Media Account Management (8)
    COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management (8)
    COM343 Communication Project Management (8)
    ADV206 Channel Planning (8)

    Journalism Specialisation Subjects (64 points) (inc GUC offering)
    JRN112 Journalism in Society (8)
    JRN101 Newsgathering & Writing (8)
    JRN200 Convergent Storytelling (8)
    JRN205 Data Mining & Research(8)
    JRN225 The Specialist Reporter (8)
    JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing & The Law (8)
    JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism (8)
    JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery (8)

    Public Relations Specialisation Subjects (64)
    COM116 What is Public Relations (8)
    COM232 Public Relations Strategy (8)
    COM222 Public Relations Tactics (8)
    COM223 Communication Management (8)
    COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management (8)
    COM224 Communication Research Strategies (8)
    COM313 SOS: Issues and Crisis Communication (8)
    COM322 Going Glocal: Regional & Global Public Relations (8)

    Theatre Media Specialisation Subjects (64 points)
    THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (16)
    THM207 Drama & Theatre For Young People (8)
    THM208 Devised Performance (16)
    THM308 Applied Production Research (16)
    THM300 Theatre & Cultural Action (8)

    Media Practice Specialisation Subjects (64 points)
    COM112 Digital Media(8)
    COM126 Production Planning(8)
    VIS101 Visual Communication(8)
    VPA106 Intro to Sound Production(8)
    COM229 Documentary  Production (8)
    COM212 Scriptwriting(8)
    COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation(8)
    COM343 Communication Project Management(8)

     Academic Enrichment (elective) Subjects* (48 points)
    Students undertake 6 electives to be taken as a combination of unrestricted electives and/or professional clusters (4 -6 subjects per cluster) from within the School of Communication & Creative Industries, or from outside the School as approved by Course Director.

    *students in the Media Practice specialisation draw their academic enrichment cluster from the disciplines of Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, Graphic Design and Marketing.(or others as approved by Course Director)

    Enrolment pattern

    Advertising Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    ADV104 Understanding Advertising
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    ADV105 The Advertising Business
    ADV205 Advertising Creative
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    ADV206 Channel Planning
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    ADV207 Channel Planning in Action
    COM224 Communication Research Strategies
    Elective 3
    Elective 4

    Session 5 (30)
    ADV317 Advertising Strategy & Planning (16)
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork

    Journalism Specialisation

    Full time suggested study sequence (including Geraldton cohort)

    Session 1 (30)
    JRN112 Journalism in Society
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    JRN101 Newsgathering & Writing
    JRN200 Convergent Storytelling
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    JRN205 Data Mining & Research
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    JRN225 The Specialist Reporter
    JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing & The Law
    Elective 3
    Elective 4

    Session 5 (30)
    JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism
    JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork

    Media Practice Specialisation (DE & Int)
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    COM126 Production Planning
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    COM112 Digital Media
    VPA106 Intro To Sound Production
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    VIS101 Visual Communication
    COM212 Scriptwriting
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    COM229 Documentary Production
    COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation
    Elective 3
    Elective 4

    Session 5 (30)
    COM343 Communication Project Management
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork
     

    Public Relations Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    COM116 What is Public Relations?
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    COM232 Public Relations Strategy
    COM222 Public Relations Tactics
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    COM223 Communication Management
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
    COM224 Communication Research Strategies
    Elective 3
    Elective 4

    Session 5 (30)
    COM313 SOS: Issues & Crisis Communication
    COM322 Going Glocal: Regional and Global Public Relations
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork

    Radio Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    COM113 Commercial Radio Industry
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    COM125 Radio Production & Content Management
    COM112 Digital Media
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    COM233 Media Sales Principles
    ADV206 Channel Planning
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    COM234 Media Account Management
    COM236 Making it Happen: Event Management
    Elective 3
    Elective 4

    Session 5 (30)
    COM343 Communication Project Management
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork

    Theatre Media Specialisation
    Full time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (commenced)
    COM111 Professional Writing
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    THM108 Principles of Theatre Media (continued)
    THM207 Drama & Theatre For Young People
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 3 (30)
    THM208 Devised Performance (commenced)
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 1
    Elective 2

    Session 4 (60)
    THM208 Devised Performance (continued)
    Elective 3
    Elective 4
    Elective 5

    Session 5 (30)
    THM308 Applied Production Research (16)
    THM300 Theatre & Cultural Action
    Elective 6

    Session 6 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries(24)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork
     

    Journalism Specialisation Geraldton cohort
    Part time suggested study sequence

    Session 1 (30)
    JRN112 Journalism in Society
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Session 2 (60)
    JRN101 Newsgathering & Writing
    JRN200 Convergent Storytelling

    Session 3 (30)
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 4 (60)
    COM124 Communication in Context
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 5 (30)
    JRN205 Data Mining & Research
    Elective 1

    Session 6 (60)
    JRN225 The Specialist Reporter
    Elective 2

    Session 7 (30)
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication & Citizenship
    Elective 3

    Session 8 (60)
    JRN207 Multiplatform Publishing & The Law
    Elective 4

    Session 9 (30)
    JRN322 Beyond News: Longform Journalism
    Elective 5

    Session 10 (60)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork
    Elective 6

    Session 11 (30)
    JRN318 Deadline: Multiplatform Delivery

    Session 12 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24cr)

    Media Practice Specialisation
    Part time suggested study sequence
    (DE)

    Session 1 (30)
    COM111 Professional Writing
    CCI100 Intro to Media Production

    Session 2 (60)
    COM112 Digital Media
    COM124 Communication in Context

    Session 3 (30)
    COM114 Presentation for Communicators
    COM126 Production Planning

    Session 4 (60)
    VPA106 Intro To Sound Production
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Session 5 (30)
    VIS101 Visual Communication
    Elective 1

    Session 6 (60)
    COM219 Media Communication & Globalisation
    Elective 2

    Session 7 (30)
    COM212 Scriptwriting
    Elective 3

    Session 8 (60)
    COM229 Documentary Production
    Elective 4

    Session 9 (30)
    COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship
    Elective 5

    Session 10 (60)
    COM321 Communication Fieldwork
    Elective 6

    Session 11(30)
    COM343 Communication Project Management

    Session 12 (60)
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication & Creative Industries (24)

     

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    Admission to the BCommunication (with specialisation) is based on:

    1. Previous studies
    Previous studies include:

    • the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
    • the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
    • a completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
    • a completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
    • an approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
    • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Universities Australia.

    NSW and interstate school leavers are normally selected on the basis of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or interstate equivalent. Candidates may also be admitted on the basis of a strong performance in subjects relevant to course preferences.

    2. English proficiency
    Applicants will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if they

    • have undertaken an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an average score of 6.5, and with scores of 6 or higher in each of the individual skill areas within the last 12 months; or 
    • undertaken a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 577 (or computerised TOEFL score of 233), with a Test for Written English Score (where reported) of at least 5.0 or an Internet-based score of 90 with a written score of 24 within the last 12 months; or 
    • undertaken other equivalent examinations, as determined by the Examinations Committee; or 
    • completed a university degree where the language of assessment is in English; 

    3. Attainment and experience
    These may include:

    • voluntary or paid work experience; 
    • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies; 
    • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers; 
    • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

    4. Schools Recommendation Scheme

    5. Special admission requirements
    Some Specialisations will have special admission requirements, as follows:

    Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media).  Applicants attend an audition/interview to assist in the assessment of their application.

    Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). Year 12 students are admitted on the basis of their ATAR and one prescribed essay.

    Bachelor of Communication (Advertising), Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations), Bachelor of Communication (Radio). Year 12 students are admitted on the basis of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank(ATAR), and a supplementary consultation or interview.

    Bachelor of Communication (Media Practice)

    Non-school leavers and those completing courses in relevant areas at other universities and tertiary institutes are eligible for admission to the course.

    The principle criteria used to assess applications are:

    •     capacity to pursue tertiary studies
    •     motivation to pursue tertiary studies in professional communication
    •     demonstrated potential for writing, media production, and research
    •     relevant professional and industry experience

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSNYNIARJ
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSNYNKACJ
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSNYN211237

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 192 points.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    006193D (Bathurst)

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  • About the School
    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studio, radio station, newsroom, performance theatres, exhibition spaces and animation and visual effects facilities. Our students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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