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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 26,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Study South Australia’s only Journalism degree.
  • Learn in our state-of-the-art television and radio studios, located on-campus.
  • Practice your skills using one of South Australia’s largest green screens.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete an internship or industry project during your final year.
  • Gain practical experience on-campus when you contribute to our online student publication, On the Record, or our internet radio station, UniCast.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our world-class research1.
  • Present to industry partners in your final year – this is an opportunity to expand your network and gain future employment.  

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Graduates of this degree (the only one of its kind in South Australia) are qualified to work as a journalist and writer in mainstream media and communication fields. An emphasis on professional writing also opens doors to a wide variety of allied professions, such as technical writing, tender presentations, and marketing and communication.

Our on-campus facilities, which include a TV studio, radio studio and editing suites, will ensure you graduate career-ready and offer you the opportunity to practice recording news broadcasts, producing, and filming with state-of-the-art technology. You will then get the chance to practice these skills in a real-world environment when you complete an internship or industry project during your final year. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills and build important industry networks.

Students who obtain a credit level or higher grade point average (GPA) may be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and, depending on results, may be eligible to proceed to postgraduate research degree study.

Why Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Why this Degree

Our graduates are some of the most recognisable personalities in the Australian media landscape, with many going on to secure positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian, as well as on commercial radio and TV networks.

We offer state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, including a TV and radio studio. This means you will graduate with plenty of practical experience. You can even be part of the University’s own radio station, which is broadcast live on the internet, our TV show, which airs on Channel 44, or get your work published in our online student publication, On the Record. A media internship during your final year will help to further develop these vital practical skills and is a great way to build important industry networks.

Real-world connections

Many of our lecturers have extensive news industry experience, which means you will be well-informed of major issues facing working journalists today. You will also benefit from the University’s excellent industry connections – these connections will assist you as you begin to create and build a professional network. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship at a news or production organisation. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

This degree prepares you to work as a journalist in print, broadcast, online or for multimedia organisations. Social media is enabling more people to say what they think and share what they see every day, so the role of informed, knowledgeable, well-trained reporters and writers in presenting objective, factual information is more important than ever. The job prospects for journalists and writers in Australia is expected to experience strong growth through until November 20201. Careers to consider:

  • communication specialist: create and deliver internal and external communications
  • copywriter: develop advertising concepts; often work alongside an art director
  • editor: prepare, write and edit copy; editors also plan and coordinate the selection of material for publication, and may be required to supervise other staff
  • journalist: research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories for use on television, radio or for publication in newspapers, magazines or journals
  • reporter: deliver updates on news stories; reporters often cover breaking stories
  • scriptwriter: create characters and storylines for movie or television scripts
  • tv presenter: the public face or voice of programs broadcast on television, radio and the internet

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is the only national journalists' professional association in Australia. While journalists are not required to be formally accredited to practise, many Australian journalists are members of the MEAA. UniSA Journalism graduating students are eligible for a year's free membership of the Alliance, and the Alliance promotes links between the industry and Journalism students at a state and national level.

Industry facts


Employment for journalists and other writers in Australia is projected to increase by 10.1 per cent by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Between now and 2020, the total Australian media and entertainment market will reach $47.4 billion1.

1PwC Media and Entertainment Outlook report 2016

What others are saying

Journalism at UniSA focuses on practical learning – from day one I was able to write articles and contribute to UniSA news and the UniPollWatch website. In my second year, I worked in the UniSA radio station, UniCast, creating live broadcasts and later had the opportunity to show my TV news packages to industry leaders. I loved being able to delve into the field straight away.  

Madeline Dunk

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Madeline Dunk

Madeline Dunk

Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work as a journalist and writer in mainstream media and communication fields. An emphasis on professional writing also opens doors to a wide variety of allied professions, such as technical writing, tender presentations, marketing and communication. You will:

  • learn how to author and edit written and visual texts within news and non-news environments
  • develop the production skills required by news and online media, including filming and editing, problem solving and decision-making
  • learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software
  • develop research skills

A final year internship at a news or production organisation will further extend your knowledge and training.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • projects
  • portfolios
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Journalism: Principles and Practices COMM 1062 4.5 Note(s): 2
News Reporting COMM 1064 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sub-major 1 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Production for News and Social Media COMM 1063 4.5 Note(s): 2
Media Contexts COMM 1059 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sub-major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Radio Journalism COMM 2077 4.5 Note(s): 2
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub-major 3 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Media Law and Ethics COMM 2076 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Writing COMM 3037 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub-major 4 4.5 Note(s): 3
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Virtual Reality Storytelling COMM 3081 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Journalism Research Capstone COMM 3059 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced News Writing COMM 3021 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 3058 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub-major 5 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Television and Video Journalism COMM 3060 4.5 Note(s): 2
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced Professional Writing COMM 3057 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub-major 6 4.5 Note(s): 3

Many of our journalism alumni are now in senior roles in Australia and abroad. My passion is making sure our degrees reflect the communication and technical skills required in a rapidly changing media environment.

Dr Patrizia Furlan

Program Director

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Dr Patrizia Furlan

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.


Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As a journalism and professional writing student you will have access to:

  • our state-of-the-art television studio and radio studios
  • one of South Australia’s largest green screens
  • editing suites
  • journalism newsroom
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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