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The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle , Fremantle ,Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Journalism)

Spanning every area of media activity -- from print to video -- this industry-focused degree will teach you the practical skills you will need to succeed in the competitive world of journalism. In addition to hands-on training in print, radio, television, video and online journalism, you will also learn about media theory, plus your legal and ethical obligations as a media professional.

Why study this degree?

A free press is vital for the functioning of any democratic society and Australia has always supported an energetic media industry. Working journalists require a variety of practical skills, such as news gathering, interviewing, writing and editing, as well as a thorough understanding of the legal and ethical framework in which they operate. Here at The University of Notre Dame Australia, our Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism covers this entire spectrum.

This program will give you the skills you need to become a successful journalist, whether you want to work as a traditional print or broadcast journalist or focus on the fast-growing digital space. Along the way, you’ll also be introduced to the world of documentary making, explore the relationship between politics and the media and learn how to craft a feature story for a newspaper or magazine.

Apart from entering the news industry, journalism graduates from Notre Dame can find work in book publishing, public relations and the film industry. The digital revolution is also creating a huge demand for high-quality communications among companies which need to engage with their consumers, stakeholders, suppliers and other interested parties.

Campus Information

Sydney Campus

Our Sydney Campus is based across two sites – Broadway and Darlinghurst – both located in the vibrant social hub of the harbour city. The Broadway site is at the heart of Sydney’s uni precinct, a short walk from Central Station and close to Darling Harbour. Darlinghurst is situated to the east of the CBD, nestled in Sydney’s shopping and cafe district.

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

Communications specialists are needed in many organisations and as a result communications and media graduates generally, and Journalism graduates in particular, are in demand. Strong future employment growth is expected. The skills developed in this Major can be used in a range of roles across a range of industries.

Careers include: journalist, digital marketer, communication consultant, PR advisor, sports reporter, social media marketing specialist, media and communications advisor, events coordinator, campaign officer, research officer, photographer, editor, travel writer, and videographer.

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

  • HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
  • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

  • Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 2 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 with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:

  • Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
  • STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
  • Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.