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.
- Online writer
- Feature writer
- Radio journalist
- Television journalist
- Digital content producer
Application and admission advice
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What will I study
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Introductory courses (5) 60 units
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
Elective courses (8) 96 units
Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law) or (Science, Health, Education and Engineering) 3 electives (36 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses. Students are strongly encouraged to use their electives to complete an additional major or minor.
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
- 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?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
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
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
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).
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.
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 dateas.