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- Journalism Major (BA)
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.
My Curtin degree taught me the skills I need to find and break stories as well as interview people – the fundamentals required to be a good journalist.
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 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.
Journalism is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.
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
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. 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 you will learn in this major are highly transferable and valuable.
How this course will make you industry ready
This course includes a high number of practical units that prepare students to produce their own journalism. You will have the opportunity to publish work on the student news website, Western Independent, and develop a portfolio of journalism to present to prospective employers.
Curtin Journalism has formal partnerships with all of the major media organisations in Western Australia, 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.
- Journalist (online, video, radio)
- Media presenter
- Communications officer
- Media relations officer
- Digital media officer
- Government and corporate communications
- Public relations
What you'll learn
- identify, explain and apply key disciplinary concepts in Journalism
- integrate theory and creative practice; conceive, develop and evaluate news content and media production
- access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
- communicate ideas to a range of audiences and in a variety of media
- use technologies to communicate effectively and develop journalistic skills
- engage with new forms of journalism and ensure an ongoing commitment to reflective practice
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism and the media
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work independently and collaboratively within the ethical and legal parameters relevant to journalism in the pursuit of excellence
Other requirements and notes for this course
If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and may need to attend an interview. Find out more about portfolio entry.
Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-JOURN
- Last updated on: October 29, 2020