Start Date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444431 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 60.10 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only Journalism and Professional Writing degree.
  • Learn in our industry-standard television and radio studios, located on-campus.
  • Practise 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.
  • Present to industry partners in your final year – this is an opportunity to expand your network and gain future employment.  
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture1.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



Graduates of this degree (the only one of its kind in South Australia) are qualified to work as journalists and writers 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 practise recording news broadcasts, producing, and filming with industry-standard 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.

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 equipment and software
  • develop analytical and research skills

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

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

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 4.5 Note(s): 3,7
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 4.5 Note(s): 3,7
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Radio Journalism and Podcasts COMM 2077 4.5 Note(s): 2
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub-major 4.5 Note(s): 3,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4,7
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 4.5 Note(s): 3,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4,7
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 4.5 Note(s): 3,7
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 4.5 Note(s): 3,7

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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing

Why this Degree

This is the only journalism degree in South Australia. Our graduates are also some of the most recognisable personalities in the media landscape, with many going on to secure positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), 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 studio that boasts one of South Australia’s largest green screens, and a 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 or the national student publication, The Junction. 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. UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

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. 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

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

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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: 


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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

  • our industry-standard television studio and radio studios
  • one of South Australia’s largest green screens
  • industry-standard editing suites
Your study spaces

Your program director

Dr Bonita Mason

Program Director

Portrait image for Dr Bonita Mason
Portrait image for Dr Bonita Mason

Dr Bonita Mason

Program Director


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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