Carve out your pathway through the world of news.
Create a name for yourself in media to get published and kick start your career in journalism. Our journalism degree produces journalists with a strong sense of ethics, practical skills in print, broadcast and digital media, and a good writing background and the practical skills to work in any new media environment.
Our teaching staff are industry professionals, and offer you personal attention, learn your strengths and help you grow incrementally through your degree. You will take part in real radio and television broadcasts and develop quality print and digital news content for local media. You’ll get first-hand experience in the world of news media through your internship in the media industry. Your internship is organised for you by USC and consists of 13 days in a news agency.
Our graduates have interned at news outlets including ABC Radio Coast FM, Sea FM, Channel 7, WIN, The Courier-Mail and the Sunshine Coast Daily. Throughout your program you’ll build a portfolio of work that will enable you to graduate with the right ingredients to help you land a job in the competitive journalism industry. Our enviable rate of graduate employment attests to the strength of our journalism program.
Journalism, photo-journalism, sub-editing, online writing, feature writing, radio journalism, television journalism, video production, sports journalism, travel writing, corporate communications, technical writing, media business, documentary making.
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USC graduates get scoop on Channel 7 news jobs
Tight deadlines, celebrity interviews and breaking news are all part of a day’s work for three new USC Journalism graduates who have gained prime positions with the Seven Network.
Like father, like son as Liam chases media career
The son of popular, long-time Fraser Coast radio announcer Andrew Bland is planning to follow his father into the media industry and has enrolled in a Journalism degree at USC.
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Four USC Sustainability students and a Sustainability Research Centre academic will take their passion for environmental issues to Germany this week, when they attend an annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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Journalism graduate scoops prime news role
University of the Sunshine Coast Journalism graduate Tom Snowdon is helping to break some of Queensland’s most talked-about news stories in his role as a reporter for The Courier-Mail.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (4) 48 units
Developing and Graduate courses (12) 144 units
CMN213 Editing for the Communications Professional
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
CMN306 Professional Journalism Practice A
CMN307 Professional Journalism Practice B
Minor courses (4) 48 units ^
Complete a minor (4 courses) 48 units from one of the following areas:
Digital Photographic Practice
Politics and International Relations
Screen and Media Studies
^ Students undertaking the Bachelor of Journalism as part of the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Journalism are not required to complete a minor.
Elective courses (4) 48 units
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
- You must select and apply to register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s) as soon as possible
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points 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 the 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
- Some required introductory courses may count towards some minors
- 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 a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply to register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
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.