Why study the Bachelors of Communication/ Journalism

Communication is an exciting new area of study encompassing several disciplines. Students develop a critical awareness of how communication influences human lives. Courses examine the many different forms of communication, including verbal, non-verbal and written. The various technologies through which information is transmitted are also considered. The program emphasises applied skills relevant to work within communication industries. Journalism is a professional program aimed at preparing graduates for entry into work in journalism and related fields. It develops understanding of journalism and its media and communication contexts; the skills to do journalism, and the reflection necessary to be a journalist.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Communication/ Journalism is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Communication/ Journalism has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Communication/ Journalism have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Communication/ Journalism.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Digital Media

The Digital Media major offers a sequence of courses dealing with contemporary media practices, institutions and technologies. Students will learn a combination of critical analytic, research, production, management and planning skills related to contemporary media industries. The major is distinctive for its emphasis on a combination of critical perspectives, research and analytic frameworks, and content and platform management. The major prepares students to work in industry roles that require a combination of digital analytics, social engagement and content production skills. The major approaches media as technologies for orchestrating social, cultural and political life. Across the major courses focus on the continuous evolution of media technologies and industries, the interactive and data-driven platforms that now form the basis of everyday media infrastructure, significant domains of cultural production such as news and television, and the role media plays in the formation of identity.

Public Relations

This field provides students with the skills required in the profession and practice of public relations, which assists organisations in establishing and maintaining communication and cooperation with stakeholder groups. Students will learn the theories of public relations and communication, understand the importance of the management of stakeholder relationships and reputation, acquire skills in public opinion analysis, learn to identify and manage organisational issues, and develop a crisis management plan. The program also teaches the skills required to research, plan, and implement a strategic public relations campaign, from objectives, stakeholder identification, and strategies and tactics, to budgeting and evaluation. Students will gain an understanding of how globalisation and new media impacts public relations practices, and learn about the legal and ethical frameworks for the profession.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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