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Undergraduate Double Degree Major
- Journalism Double Degree Major (BA/BCom)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Use your creative flair and investigative skills to make content for radio, television and online platforms.
Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers.
Get the Curtin edge
Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Gain hands-on skills in our media production studio, radio station, and online news site.
Curtin has a reputation for producing highly skilled journalists able to research, investigate and report on topics across mainstream and independent media platforms.
In this double degree major you will learn to research and prepare news, feature and other content for radio, video and online platforms.
You’ll learn theory and practical skills from staff with strong industry experience and connections, and use industry-standard media facilities and platforms. These include our new media production studio, Curtin FM radio, and the student online news site Western Independent.
You may also complete a professional placement unit, which provides valuable opportunities to undertake work experience with potential employers.
If you’re interested in studying additional communications fields such as web media, marketing or graphic communication, consider the Bachelor of Communications.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
Applicants have the choice of which double degree combination they would like to study.
To apply for this course, you will apply for the most preferred double degree. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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- You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and dedicated media academics and professionals.
- Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the industry and are well-regarded in the job market.
- The major features an extensive practical component that gives you an opportunity to graduate with a portfolio of published work to present to potential employers.
- Journalism offers a dynamic and exciting career with many opportunities to travel.
- The written and verbal communications skills learnt as part of the journalism major are highly transferable and valuable.
How this course will make you industry ready
The Journalism course includes a high number of practical units that gradually prepare students to produce their own journalism. They will have the opportunity to publish work on the news website, Western Independent, and develop a portfolio of journalism to show prospective employers. Curtin Journalism has formal partnerships with all of the major media organisations in WA, and many students are offered internships during their final year of study.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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What you'll learn
- Major Learning Outcome 1: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 1 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 2: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 2 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 3: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 3 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 4: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 4 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 5: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 5 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 6: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 6 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 7: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 7 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 8: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 8 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
- Major Learning Outcome 9: Please refer to Course Learning Outcome 9 for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce (BB-ARTCOM)
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
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- Curtin course code: MDDU-JOURN
- Last updated on: February 12, 2021