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Bachelors of Journalism / Arts

Overview

Become a global communicator and influence what the world reads, watches and understands, while equipping yourself with additional skills to succeed in the changing global workplace.

This dual degree gives you a deep understanding of the principles and practices of journalism, combined with the creative capabilities of an arts education.

Journalists tell important and impactful stories with a diverse skill-set, including writing, taking photographs, composing audio and video, and developing interactive websites. Using UQ's state-of-the-art software and equipment, you'll extend your theoretical knowledge by gaining sought-after skills in field recording and camera work, editing of sound, vision and pictures, data analysis, publishing and entrepreneurship, and multi-platform distribution.

With the Bachelor of Arts alongside, you'll gain creative and critical thinking skills that will help you build a portfolio of capabilities to expand your career opportunities.

Despite the highly competitive nature of journalism, UQ graduates have high success rates in securing jobs across the media. Career opportunities are found in web and multimedia publications, speciality interest magazines, marketing and public relations, and freelancing. Many employers, especially in large organisations, look for the additional skills an arts degree provides as these graduates have a broad, flexible education to complement their journalism studies.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
730101
Program Code
2102
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34960 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
730101
Program Code
2102
CRICOS Code
029214C
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Choose from more than 40 study areas across the humanities, social sciences and languages.
  • Study at state-of-the-art journalism premises and facilities.
  • If you're curious to learn, a dual degree with the Bachelor of Arts allows you to explore endless opportunities and get ready for almost any possible future.
  • Explore new frontiers in information gathering and dissemination, and take advantage of previously unforeseen opportunities for journalists.

96 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Ancient Greek
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History/History

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Sub-editor
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations account manager
  • Events and marketing coordinator
  • Media and communications officer
  • Content creator
  • Communications officer
  • Engagement manager

Next steps after graduation

Graduates currently work for metropolitan and regional affiliates of the ABC, News Corp Australia, Nine Co., AAP, APN, Prime Media, community media and more, across print, web, TV, radio, and emergent media platforms.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
81.0029

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 165.47 KB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Journalism/BArts for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest97.899.8
Median89.4590
Lowest78.781.75

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1833.33%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
2851.85%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
<5<5

International students

<5<5

Total

54100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,960

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $13,250

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts is 2102.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Journalism / Arts is 730101.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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