Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Deakin University
Deakin University
  • Awarded by

    Deakin University

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree + Undergraduate Unit

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start Date

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  • Career Outcomes

    Journalist | Editor | Reporter | Publisher | View all

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Last modified: 31 Oct 2019

In a Nutshell

The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), from Deakin University, provides key journalism skills and knowledge for those seeking careers in the communications industry.

Throughout this comprehensive undergraduate course, you'll undertake hands-on learning to develop journalistic skills in print, radio, television and online platforms. Throughout years one and two of the course, you'll build a strong foundation of techniques and conventions for researching and reporting stories, interviewing and news writing. In your third and final year, you'll complete intensive news production work and undertake an industry internship.

The course consists of 18 core units and 6 electives that cover a range of academic and professional skills. Study online or on-campus in Melbourne or Geelong.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
    • Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
    • Entry for non school leavers will be based on their performance in:
      • a Certificate IV in a related discipline; OR
      • a Diploma in any discipline; OR
      • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units; OR
      • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience.
  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this communications course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Communication in Everyday Life
    • News Reporting 1
    • News Reporting 2
    • Feature Writing
    • Audio Journalism
    • Video Journalism
    • News Production 1
    • News Production 2
    • Professional Communication Internship
    • Local Journalism
    • Design Skills
    • Introduction to Public Relations
    • Strategic Communication and Writing
    • Advertising Principles and Practices
    • Creative Brand Communication
    • Making Social Media
    • Making Video
    • Journalism in Society
    • Global Media
    • Ethical Communication and Citizenship
    • Quantified Media
    • Documentary Production
    • Transmedia Storytelling
    • Communication Research Practices
    • Journalism Law and Ethics
    • Making Sense of Information
    • Design Thinking for Change
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  • Why Deakin University?

    Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research. The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

    As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

    They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

    Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from Deakin University.

Students graduate with a portfolio of news artefacts that will help them pursue journalism and media positions in news organisations of any size. Graduates may also pursue further study in the form of a communication honours degree.

Wondering where a career in communications could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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