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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Communications & Media (Major: Journalism)

The Bachelor of Communications & Media with a Major in Journalism is a dynamic and cutting-edge degree that teaches you practical and critical skills in print, radio, television, video and online journalism. Along the way, you also learn about the diverse theories that underpin modern journalism practice, your legal and ethical obligations as a journalist and develop the confidence to gain employment in the exciting but constantly evolving field of media and communications.

Why study this major?

Media and communications is a growing area with strong future employment growth expected. There are no limits to opportunities for graduates of this degree because your skills can be used across many industries. Skills such as the ability to research, analyse, interpret, and problem-solve are just what is needed in the flexible workplace of the 21st century. The ability to skillfully use technology to get messages out to audiences will make you a valued and sort after employee or perhaps an entrepreneur. Communications specialists are needed in all organisations.

If you want to embark on a media career our journalism Major provides the practical skills and theoretical background that will set you apart from the crowd.  The program covers all genres of news reporting as well as the chance to gain skills in digital marketing. It includes the diverse theories and practices of journalism, including your legal and ethical obligations.

Journalism can be studied as a Major in the Bachelor of Communications & Media or a Major in a Bachelor of Arts. The Bachelor of Communication & Media pathway requires you to complete two compulsory Journalism courses and eight elective Journalism courses, including Feature Writing, Photojournalism, Radio, Digital Photography, Interactive Media and Digital Media Production.

Work Integrated Learning:  When you study the Journalism Major, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship of approximately 90 hours that will allow you to put the theory into practice in a workplace environment.

Graduates find work as journalists, digital marketers, communication consultants, PR advisors, reporters, social media specialists, communications advisors, events coordinators, campaign officers, researchers, photographers, editors, travel writers, videographers and freelance journalists.

Campus Information

Fremantle Campus

Our foundation Campus is located in the historic West End of the port city of Fremantle, south of Perth. Housed within beautifully restored heritage buildings, it provides a ‘town university’ of great character. The iconic Campus is close to the Fremantle Harbour, cafe?s, shops and the famous ‘Cappuccino Strip’, and all major transport hubs.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
GTE/Possible Interview call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

  • Print, radio or television journalist
  • Online journalist or media producer
  • Feature writer
  • Publisher
  • Photojournalist
  • Film maker

PSW Opportunity

Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane: 

Regular 2 years post study work visa for international students completing Bachelors and Masters degrees (minimum 92 weeks), 3 years for Masters by Research and 4 years for PhD. graduates 

Other Locations (Regional centres and other regional areas):

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional
2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa
(Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa) 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic requirements for this program are outlined below. We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

  • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).
    OR
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.
    OR
  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    OR
  • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required.
    OR    
  • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    OR
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.