Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)


Program summary

Dr Elizabeth (Jane) Fynes-Clinton
Program coordinator

Dr Elizabeth (Jane) Fynes-Clinton

Report on the events and decisions that shape lives

New technologies continuously change the way we consume news and information. To stay relevant, journalists need a strong foundation in both traditional and digital media.

In this program you’ll develop practical skills in print, broadcast, and digital media, along with a strong sense of ethics, and a good writing background to work in any media environment. With a focus on practical learning, you’ll build a portfolio of professional-level work, participate in an internship, and publish and present journalism with industry partners.

In this program you will:

  • Learn from industry professionals and study courses in news writing, online journalism, broadcast journalism, feature writing, photography, media law, editing and investigative reporting.
  • Take part in radio and television broadcasts, and develop quality print and digital news content for local media.
  • Gain first-hand experience in news media through an internship in the media industry.
  • Build a portfolio of work to help you land a job in the competitive journalism industry.
  • Enjoy studying a quality journalism degree that has a high rate of graduate employment.
Career opportunities:
  • Journalist
  • Sub-editor
  • Online writer
  • Feature writer
  • Radio journalist
  • Television journalist
  • Digital content producer

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Introductory courses (5) 60 units

CMN101 Introduction to Creative Entrepreneurship
CMN106 Contemporary Communication Theory and Trends
CMN130 Introduction to Journalism
CMN150 Visual Journalism
COR109 Communication and Thought

Developing and Graduate courses (11) 132 units

CMN202 Screen Production and Editing
CMN228 Media Publishing: Law & Ethics
CMN235 News Writing and Reporting
CMN237 Online Journalism
CMN240 Feature Writing
CMN277 Broadcast Journalism
CMN302 Investigative and Data Journalism
CMN305 News Rounds
CMN312 Industry Internship 1: Communication, Creativity and Design
CMN313 Creativity, Design and Communication Project
CMN330 Newsroom

Elective courses (8) 96 units

Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from the undergraduate elective course options. 3 electives (36 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses. Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete courses in the available Communication disciplines.

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 288

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program Notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 units per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on Student visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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