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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

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.

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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, 1.38 MB) 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:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Indigenous Australia constitutes the world’s oldest continuous culture.

In this major, you'll develop connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and strengthen your skills to think creatively and critically as a citizen of the world.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

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Ancient Greek

Develop your reading and writing skills in one of the oldest languages in the world.

The language and literature of Greece continue to have a profound impact on western culture. The study of ancient language is immensely valuable for appreciating the culture and sophistication of Graeco-Roman antiquity and its lasting influence on the modern world.  

This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures, which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Travel to exotic destinations and explore the past at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge and understanding of human society and cultures.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of ancient history helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

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Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Gain practical experience through fieldwork and overseas opportunities, and access world-class facilities, including UQ's Anthropology Museum – home to the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia.

Graduates work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

Unlock the secrets of the past and learn how cultures have developed and changed through the ages.

Develop unique, practical skills and embark on a global profession with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

In this major, you'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Access to the UQ Art Museum will add another dimension to your creative learning.

You'll be prepared for employment in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

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Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

Build international awareness and boost your employability by studying Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

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Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

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Criminology

Explore who commits crimes and why, where and when people are likely to offend, which crimes cause most harm, and how to control and prevent crime.

Gain hands-on professional practice and deep industry engagement by studying criminology at UQ.

Learn how the criminal justice system works, and build the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based crime policies and practices.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

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Drama

Examine, experience and create theatre in a program that offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in Australia.

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

Work with leading global practitioners to develop work in our specialised studio facilities. Learn to understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

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Economics

Economics is the science of decision-making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

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English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

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English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity.

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

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English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading, and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

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Film and Television Studies

This major introduces you to the history, theory, and criticism of film and television.

Explore the commerce and aesthetics of film and television across cultures and history.

Critically analyse film and television style and examine new industry and artistic trends ushered in by digital media.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

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French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

You don't need to have any prior knowledge or to have studied French at high school.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance their employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

The French major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French. If you have completed substantial French study, then the French Advanced major is for you.

 

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French Advanced

The French language is one of the most widely spoken and fastest growing languages in the world today, with 76 million native speakers and 235 million who use it daily.

By studying French Advanced you will reach an 'Independent User' B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference, allowing you to communicate in detail on a broad range of subjects, express opinions and debate choices.

You will also acquire detailed knowledge of French-speaking cultures.

The French Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial French study. If you have no previous knowledge of French, then the French major is for you.

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Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

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German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German-speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can expand your career options in fields such as business, engineering and law.

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History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

Learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices through courses that are diverse and fascinating.

World-class historians will provide you with rich offerings in European, Asian and Australian history, from the medieval period right through to contemporary history.

History graduates develop important research, writing and presentation skills that are highly valued by employers, and can lead to work in museums, publishing and international agencies.

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Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture, society, and its official language, Bahasa Indonesia.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, Bahasa Indonesia has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

This major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

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International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics.

It covers the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia’s role in global affairs; and the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses on foreign policy, terrorism, gender, political economy, security studies and more.

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Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture.

Learn how Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. Discover the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to expand their career opportunities in these fields.

The Japanese major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Japanese. If you have completed substantial Japanese study, then the Japanese Advanced major is for you.

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Japanese Advanced

Study a key world language used in social, cultural and economic pursuits, research, and diplomacy in the world.

Graduates with Japanese linguistic skills and cultural knowledge have been engaged in diverse sectors, including business, international relations, law, education, media, engineering and interpreting/translation.

The Japanese Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial Japanese study. If you have no previous knowledge of Japanese, then the Japanese major is for you.

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Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions.

You'll complete Korean language speaking and writing courses and learn about Korean culture, including films, TV, internet culture and music.

Many students also study courses in fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

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Latin

Further your reading and writing skills in one of the oldest languages in the world.

Classical Latin has traditionally held a central position in Western education, and remains important for the study not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also of the languages, ideas and literatures (including English) of societies that grew out of the classical world.

Latin language and literature lasted into the 19th and 20th centuries for treatises of fundamental importance in science, medicine, diplomacy and law.

This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

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Legal Education Studies

This major prepares students to teach Legal Studies in secondary schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities.

The major includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - criminal, civil and business law, international law and human rights law.

Elective courses cover topics including offender rehabilitation and crime prevention.

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Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Explore contemporary digital cultures around the globe and broaden your horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about new forms of media consumption and cultural practice, digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in the events, marketing, media and communication fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll explore the written and aural complexities of music, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

This major focuses on employability through numerous partnerships with performing arts organisations, festivals and internship programs.

Graduate career options include professional musician and other roles in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

In this major, you'll be taught by world-class academics who provide insight on conflict prevention strategies, international peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, peace-building and conflict reconciliation processes.

You’ll also explore ethics, justice, gender, Indigenous politics and development issues.

A degree majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies can lead to a global career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development and humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Be introduced to the history of philosophy and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education and politics.

Explore key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments, and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies you'll develop critical thinking, communication and complex reasoning skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also learn about different research methods and analysis that can be applied throughout your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

By studying this major you will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and get a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of this large discipline, which covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

Only the extended major in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. For more information on becoming a registered psychologist, visit the School of Psychology website.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Study courses in Latin American thinking and cultures, and imaginations of Latin America in the 20th century.

Learn how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance your future career opportunities if you're also studying other fields, including business, education or engineering.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, PR and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion plays a pivotal role in every part of the world, and continues to shape societies across the globe.

Understanding religion is crucial in order to understand our past and present.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. It offers a critical, multidisciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

You'll be prepared for work in areas including education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

Work with world-renowned creative practitioners to learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising, and build a portfolio career in the changing publishing landscape.

Extend your networks and knowledge of the industry to become a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghostwriters, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

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

Australian Studies

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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Majors

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Indigenous Australia constitutes the world’s oldest continuous culture.

In this major, you'll develop connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and strengthen your skills to think creatively and critically as a citizen of the world.

Graduates typically work in a broad range of roles with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, like education, community development, public health, government and advocacy.

View

Ancient Greek

Develop your reading and writing skills in one of the oldest languages in the world.

The language and literature of Greece continue to have a profound impact on western culture. The study of ancient language is immensely valuable for appreciating the culture and sophistication of Graeco-Roman antiquity and its lasting influence on the modern world.  

This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

View

Ancient History

Discover and learn about the achievements of ancient cultures, which still influence ideas and institutions today.

Courses span the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, and focus on important individuals, ideas and events.

Travel to exotic destinations and explore the past at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.

Graduates find fascinating careers that require researching, writing, and presentation skills – particularly with a wide breadth of historical knowledge and understanding of human society and cultures.

View

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of ancient history helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Anthropology

Delve into a diversity of cultures in all their complexity and richness.

You'll discover how cultural traditions continue and change over time, informing human beliefs and behaviour.

Gain practical experience through fieldwork and overseas opportunities, and access world-class facilities, including UQ's Anthropology Museum – home to the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia.

Graduates work in roles that require an understanding of diversity and cultural difference, with positions likely in government departments, Aboriginal Land Councils and consultancy firms.

View

Archaeology

Learn first-hand about archaeological methods and techniques, including field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

Unlock the secrets of the past and learn how cultures have developed and changed through the ages.

Develop unique, practical skills and embark on a global profession with museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, and educational and research institutions.

View

Art History

See the world through different eyes and understand the evolving values of visual cultures by using a range of different approaches.

In this major, you'll develop strong visual literacy and gain a broad knowledge of art traditions.

Access to the UQ Art Museum will add another dimension to your creative learning.

You'll be prepared for employment in private galleries and public art institutions, or you could become an arts writer, curator, education officer or registrar.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life, and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

Build international awareness and boost your employability by studying Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology or politics.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

This major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Criminology

Explore who commits crimes and why, where and when people are likely to offend, which crimes cause most harm, and how to control and prevent crime.

Gain hands-on professional practice and deep industry engagement by studying criminology at UQ.

Learn how the criminal justice system works, and build the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based crime policies and practices.

Graduates can pursue careers in policing, security and intelligence, corrective services, social policy and research.

View

Drama

Examine, experience and create theatre in a program that offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in Australia.

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

Work with leading global practitioners to develop work in our specialised studio facilities. Learn to understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision-making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

View

English as an International Language

Further your knowledge of how English is used in intercultural settings and globalised workplaces.

You'll gain a specialisation in English and better understand the complex relationship between language, culture and identity.

Skilled graduates are sought after by international and multinational companies for positions in development, marketing, management and trade.

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English Literature

Develop your enjoyment of reading, and refine your analytical skills by examining some of the world's major English-language novels and works.

Discover the different ways that people from different times have lived, thought, argued, felt and imagined.

Career paths lead to opportunities in education, government and arts administration, arts policy, communications, festivals and marketing.

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Film and Television Studies

This major introduces you to the history, theory, and criticism of film and television.

Explore the commerce and aesthetics of film and television across cultures and history.

Critically analyse film and television style and examine new industry and artistic trends ushered in by digital media.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

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French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

You don't need to have any prior knowledge or to have studied French at high school.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance their employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

The French major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of French. If you have completed substantial French study, then the French Advanced major is for you.

 

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French Advanced

The French language is one of the most widely spoken and fastest growing languages in the world today, with 76 million native speakers and 235 million who use it daily.

By studying French Advanced you will reach an 'Independent User' B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference, allowing you to communicate in detail on a broad range of subjects, express opinions and debate choices.

You will also acquire detailed knowledge of French-speaking cultures.

The French Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial French study. If you have no previous knowledge of French, then the French major is for you.

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Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

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German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German-speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can expand your career options in fields such as business, engineering and law.

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History

History is an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

Learn what informs people and their attitudes, motivations and prejudices through courses that are diverse and fascinating.

World-class historians will provide you with rich offerings in European, Asian and Australian history, from the medieval period right through to contemporary history.

History graduates develop important research, writing and presentation skills that are highly valued by employers, and can lead to work in museums, publishing and international agencies.

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Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture, society, and its official language, Bahasa Indonesia.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, Bahasa Indonesia has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

This major is beneficial for careers in business, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

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International Relations

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical tools to analyse and evaluate events and issues in world politics.

International relations provides an in-depth understanding of the nature and exercise of power in world politics.

It covers the origins, constitution and development of the international system; how ideas shape order, justice and security; Australia’s role in global affairs; and the interplay between domestic, international and transnational politics.

Graduates of this major will be global citizens, intellectually open and flexible, aware of and sensitive to cultural difference, and motivated to make positive change through global engagement.

Choose from courses on foreign policy, terrorism, gender, political economy, security studies and more.

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Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture.

Learn how Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. Discover the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to expand their career opportunities in these fields.

The Japanese major is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of Japanese. If you have completed substantial Japanese study, then the Japanese Advanced major is for you.

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Japanese Advanced

Study a key world language used in social, cultural and economic pursuits, research, and diplomacy in the world.

Graduates with Japanese linguistic skills and cultural knowledge have been engaged in diverse sectors, including business, international relations, law, education, media, engineering and interpreting/translation.

The Japanese Advanced major is for students who have completed substantial Japanese study. If you have no previous knowledge of Japanese, then the Japanese major is for you.

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Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions.

You'll complete Korean language speaking and writing courses and learn about Korean culture, including films, TV, internet culture and music.

Many students also study courses in fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, education and tourism.

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Latin

Further your reading and writing skills in one of the oldest languages in the world.

Classical Latin has traditionally held a central position in Western education, and remains important for the study not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also of the languages, ideas and literatures (including English) of societies that grew out of the classical world.

Latin language and literature lasted into the 19th and 20th centuries for treatises of fundamental importance in science, medicine, diplomacy and law.

This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

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Legal Education Studies

This major prepares students to teach Legal Studies in secondary schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities.

The major includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - criminal, civil and business law, international law and human rights law.

Elective courses cover topics including offender rehabilitation and crime prevention.

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Linguistics

Discover what language is, how we learn and use it, and how it varies and changes across social and historical contexts.

Courses examine the sounds of language, words, sentences and meaning, and the complex interactions between them.

Linguistics leads to careers in areas as diverse as engineering and artificial intelligence, software engineering, health sciences, education, law and publishing.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Media and Digital Cultures

Explore contemporary digital cultures around the globe and broaden your horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about new forms of media consumption and cultural practice, digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in the events, marketing, media and communication fields.

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Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll explore the written and aural complexities of music, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

This major focuses on employability through numerous partnerships with performing arts organisations, festivals and internship programs.

Graduate career options include professional musician and other roles in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

Develop a well-informed understanding of what causes political conflict and the possibilities of finding peaceful solutions.

In this major, you'll be taught by world-class academics who provide insight on conflict prevention strategies, international peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, peace-building and conflict reconciliation processes.

You’ll also explore ethics, justice, gender, Indigenous politics and development issues.

A degree majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies can lead to a global career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, international development and humanitarian and community services.

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Philosophy

Be introduced to the history of philosophy and the philosophy of disciplines such as art, science, education and politics.

Explore key ideas in areas including epistemology, ethics, logic and metaphysics.

The purpose of philosophy is to learn how to evaluate theories and arguments, how to construct your own arguments, and how to communicate ideas in a clear and powerful way.

Through your studies you'll develop critical thinking, communication and complex reasoning skills, which can be used in endless careers and roles.

You'll also learn about different research methods and analysis that can be applied throughout your degree.

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Political Science

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

By studying this major you will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and get a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development, and humanitarian and community services.

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Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of this large discipline, which covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

Only the extended major in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. For more information on becoming a registered psychologist, visit the School of Psychology website.

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Sociology

See the world in new ways by examining every aspect of human social life.

Learn how we are shaped by education, socioeconomic status, religion, gender and ethnicity, and understand how to analyse social problems and issues.

Many graduates secure roles in the public and private sectors as policy analysts, researchers, policy advisers, project managers and social workers.

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Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Study courses in Latin American thinking and cultures, and imaginations of Latin America in the 20th century.

Learn how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance your future career opportunities if you're also studying other fields, including business, education or engineering.

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Sports Studies

Take a different view of sport, activity and leisure from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll understand the role and importance of sport, and how different social factors can influence motivation and participation.

The career fields are diverse, and include journalism, management, PR and marketing, public health, education and psychology.

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Studies in Religion

Religion plays a pivotal role in every part of the world, and continues to shape societies across the globe.

Understanding religion is crucial in order to understand our past and present.

This major will lead you to reflect on and understand religious traditions, questions and values. It offers a critical, multidisciplinary approach to a range of faiths and spiritual experiences.

You'll be prepared for work in areas including education and academia, health and social welfare, law and justice, or even broadcasting.

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Writing

Develop a fundamental and substantial understanding of how language works in words, sentences, paragraphs and documents.

Work with world-renowned creative practitioners to learn strategies for designing, structuring, writing and revising, and build a portfolio career in the changing publishing landscape.

Extend your networks and knowledge of the industry to become a creative or a corporate writer, or simply a better writer in general.

Writing skills are always in demand. Graduates have found work as journalists, teachers, editors, ghostwriters, publishers and playwrights.

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Minors

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

Australian Studies

Discover more about the influences that have shaped Australia from the past to present day.

You'll learn about the iconic images and identities, the major challenges and issues that make Australian culture and society unique.

Graduates can apply their knowledge in areas including tourism and hospitality, business and enterprise, politics, diplomacy, culture and the arts.

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Gender Studies

This involving and thought-provoking minor brings together ideas about women’s lives, their status around the world and contradictions found in gender relations and sexualities.

Graduates have the opportunity to take on roles that advance social justice and the status of women and girls, or work in politics, public policy, research or analysis.

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Music Psychology

Learn how to understand music from diverse perspectives, including the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour.

Your study also covers social interaction and the everyday uses and therapeutic applications of music.

Graduates can find roles in music practice, educational, therapeutic and organisational contexts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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