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Study Journalism at Curtin


Undergraduate Major


Journalism Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Use your creative flair and investigative skills to make content for radio, television and online platforms.

Jake Sturmer

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.

Transferable skills

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.

Work experience

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.

When coupled with Public Relations you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.

If you’re interested in studying additional communications fields such as web media, marketing or graphic communication, consider the Bachelor of Communications.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

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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Why study

  • 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. 

Student profile

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.

Career information


  • Journalist (online, video, radio)
  • Media presenter
  • Communications officer
  • Media relations officer
  • Digital media officer


  • Media
  • 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

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this 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.

Advanced standing

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-JOURN
  • Last updated on: October 9, 2020