Start date


4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 30,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 32,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Graduate with two qualifications, with just one extra year of study.
  • Study South Australia’s only practice-based journalism and professional writing degree
  • Focus on ethical journalism and delve into the role and impact of journalism in society.
  • Learn to research and report stories across written, audio and visual mediums, including in virtual and augmented reality.
  • Learn in our industry-standard television and radio studios, located on campus.
  • Gain practical experience on campus when you contribute to our online student publications, On the Record, Verse, or at our internet radio studio, UniCast.
  • Enter South Australian awards recognising journalism, editing and creative writing excellence.
  • Write, edit and publish across a range of non-fiction and fiction genres.
  • Present to industry partners, including the major television networks, in your final year to expand your network and gain future employment.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete an internship or industry project during your final year.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in creative arts and writing, language, communication and culture1.

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession's demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This double degree ensures you graduate with the advanced writing and production skills needed for a career in the journalism industry, as well as the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for a career in creative, professional and technical writing.

You will explore historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays, as well as news and feature writing, audio and video, print and digital journalism. 

Our on-campus facilities, which include TV and radio studios, will offer you the opportunity to practise recording audio and video news bulletins and podcasts, producing, and filming with industry-standard technology. You will also have the opportunity to write, edit, record and publish stories for our online publishing platforms: On the Record and UniCast, a web-based radio station.

You will get the chance to practise and develop these skills in a real-world environment through our studios, and publishing and streaming platforms, and when you complete an internship or industry project during your final year. This great opportunity enables you to hone your skills and build important industry networks.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours).

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, niche and community media, publishing and communication fields. The emphasis on professional writing opens doors to a wide variety of allied professions such as technical writing, and marketing and communications.

You will study historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, autobiographies, essays and plays. As you begin to create your own great classics, you will also learn how different oral and written texts have impacted upon cultures around the world. A final year industry internship will further extend your knowledge and training. Under the guidance of skilled academics and researchers, you will:

  • develop creative writing skills
  • explore how different oral and written texts have impacted upon the cultures of the world
  • learn how to author and edit written, audio 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 analytical and research skills

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
Creative Writing and Literature: An Introduction COMM 1061 4.5
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
Creative Writing Workshop COMM 1045 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1,2 or 3)
Radio Journalism and Podcasts COMM 2077 4.5 Note(s): 2
Short Form Creative Writing COMM 2058 4.5
Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 2009 4.5 Note(s): 6
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Media Law and Ethics COMM 2076 4.5 Note(s): 2
Reworking the Canon LANG 2042 4.5
Professional Writing COMM 3037 4.5 Note(s): 6
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
First Semester (Study Period 1 2 or 3)
Feature Writing COMM 3021 4.5 Note(s): 2
The Writer's World LANG 3042 4.5
World Literatures and English LANG 3030 4.5
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Television and Video Journalism COMM 3060 4.5 Note(s): 2
Advanced Professional Writing COMM 3057 4.5 Note(s): 6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
First Semester (Study Period 1 2 or 3)
Journalism Research Capstone COMM 3059 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Advanced Writing and Editing for Publication COMM 3058 4.5 Note(s): 6
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Internship or Project COMM 3063 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sub Major 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Creative Writing Theory and Practice LANG 3043 4.5
The Power of Story LANG 2005 4.5

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: creative writing and journalism
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • discussions papers

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, Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature)

Why this Degree

The broad nature of this double degree means you will develop skills across a range of genres and will graduate with writing, editing and production skills that will be useful across a range of writing roles.

This is South Australia’s only journalism degree and our graduates are some of the most recognisable personalities in the media landscape, with many going on to secure positions with the ABC, SBS/NITV, The Advertiser, InDaily, Crikey, and The Australian, as well as on commercial radio and TV networks and at a range of digital and niche news sites and magazines.

We also offer industry-standard campus facilities, including a TV/video studio that boasts one of South Australia’s largest green screens, radio and podcast studios, and editing suites. This means you will graduate with plenty of practical experience. You can also be part of the University’s own radio station, UniCast, which is broadcast live on the internet; our TV show, which airs on Channel 44; or get your work published in Verse, our online student publication, On the Record, or the national student publication The Junction.

Real-world connections

Our lecturers have extensive journalism industry experience, which means you will be well-informed of major issues facing working journalists and writers today. You will 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 also have the opportunity to complete an industry internship or project and to present your work to a panel of industry editors. Many of our past graduates have secured their first job through this opportunity. 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 any medium, across any platform, and in media organisation newsrooms, local community news sites, niche and community media, and as a freelance/entrepreneurial journalist. You will also be qualified to embark on a career within the creative industries, advertising, and publishing fields as an author, editor or researcher. Careers to consider:

  • journalist: research, write, edit, and file news and feature stories, audio and video bulletins, podcasts and documentaries for publication and broadcast across established and emerging technologies and platforms for use on television, radio or for publication in newspapers, magazines, journals and online
  • 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
  • TV/radio presenter: the public face or voice of programs broadcast on television, radio and online
  • publisher: responsible for overseeing the production of a book, magazine or newspaper, ensuring the style and content is to brief
  • writer: produce articles, reports, literature and other texts

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 7.1 per cent by November 20261.

1Australian Government, National Skills Commission, Occupational Employment Projections 2021


In 2021, the total Australian media and entertainment market reached $45.6 billion1.

1PwC’s Entertainment & Media Outlook 2022?

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.


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

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international 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:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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 modern facilities including 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

You will have access to:

  • industry-standard campus 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

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Portrait image for Dr Bonita Mason

Dr Bonita Mason

Program Director


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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