BP220 - Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

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Plan: BP220 - Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Award abbreviation: BComm(Jour)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Media and Communication (345H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/mediacommunication
ASCED code: 100703
CRICOS code: 048668D

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Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Journalism program is to prepare you for the global multimedia news industry. RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal face to face learning with professional or vocational practice.

The program balances strong, relevant, practical teaching with theory-based reflective learning. This includes examination of the history of journalism, the role of journalists in society and the ethics which govern the profession. In your third year you will undertake a journalism internship.

While you are acquiring professional journalism skills, you will also critically analyse the profession. In addition, you will be able to work in Australia and overseas in all fields of journalism including newspapers, magazines, specialist publications, radio, television, online and in related areas in the corporate and public sectors.

In the final year of your program, you will participate in journalism practice - including newsroom activities and an industry placement -  and a capstone course, which is designed to  enable you to synthesise and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice and to produce a professional profile and  portfolio of published work. 

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Articulation and pathways


Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

The following credit arrangements are in place:

Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of credit grantedEntry/Selection RequirementsCommencementDuration of program after exemption (credit points and equivalent years)
AD016Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing60 credit points (5 x 12 credit point courses), equivalent to 1 semester and 1 course

Minimum GPA of 3 

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview

February Only intake228 credit points or equivalent to 4 semester and 2 courses
C5314Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing48 credit points (4 x 12 credit point courses), equivalent to 1 semester

Minimum GPA of 3 

Less than GPA of 3 may still apply and will be given a guaranteed interview

February Only intake240 credit points or equivalent to 5 semsters or 2.5 years


Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs, including honours or master by coursework in the School of Media and Communication, subject to each program's entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Year 12 Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English.

International English language requirements:

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.
For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

Selection tasks:

All non-Year 12 applicants must submit a personal statement outlining: 
- your reasons for wanting to study this program
- your understanding of changes in contemporary media and the impact on journalism
- details of any relevant work experience (including work published or broadcast)

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to attend an interview.

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only, e.g. ATAR.

For more details, please check VTAC Guide and/or RMIT website.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit academic programs in journalism. However, the RMIT Journalism program has strong industry links to ensure the program remains current and relevant to today’s multi-platform media requirements. Our Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is made up of industry leaders from all media platforms and our academics have current and extensive journalism experience, locally and globally.  RMIT Journalism is also able to attract senior industry professionals as sessional tutors, guest lecturers and regular speakers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information from Student Support.

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