Start date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 32,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 34,400 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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Research and report stories across written, audio and visual mediums, including virtual and augmented reality. 
  • 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 practical experience on campus when you contribute to our online student publication, On the Record, or our internet radio station, UniCast.
  • Explore journalistic areas of interest including data and investigative journalism, environment and sustainability, government and politics, social justice journalism, travel writing, and sports journalism.
  • Present to industry partners, including the major television networks, in your final year to expand your network and gain future employment. 
  • Enter South Australian awards recognising journalism, editing and writing excellence.
  • 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 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.



Graduates of this degree (the only one of its kind in South Australia) are qualified to work as journalists in any medium, across any platform, and in media organisation newsrooms, local community news sites, niche and community media, and as freelance/entrepreneurial journalists. They are also well qualified to work across communication fields. An emphasis on professional writing opens doors to a wide variety of allied professions, such as technical writing, tender presentations, and marketing and communications.

You can explore journalistic areas of interest such as:

  • science, space and technology
  • data and investigative journalism
  • governments and politics
  • international relations
  • economy, business and finance
  • social and legal justice, and inclusion
  • travel writing
  • culture and arts journalism
  • environment and sustainability
  • sports journalism.

Our on-campus facilities, which include a TV studio, radio studio and editing suites, will ensure you graduate career-ready. They offer you the opportunity to practise recording news broadcasts, producing podcasts, and filming and producing video journalism with industry-standard technology. You will 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.

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 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 communications. You will:

  • learn how to author and edit written and visual texts within journalism and non-journalism environments
  • gain greater knowledge and understanding of journalism's role in society
  • develop the production skills required by news and online media, including filming and editing, research and data analysis, problem solving and decision-making
  • learn how to use industry-standard equipment and software
  • develop analytical and research skills

A final year journalism industry internship or project will further extend your knowledge and training.

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

  • essays
  • projects
  • portfolios
  • critiques
  • reflections
  • news and feature-length stories in all formats and mediums

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 some of the most recognisable personalities in the media landscape, with many going on to secure positions with the ABC, SBS, NITV, InDaily, CrikeyThe Advertiser and The Australian, on commercial radio and TV networks, and at a range of digital and niche news sites and magazines.

We offer industry standard 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 and a portfolio of stories. You can also 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 or project during your final year will help to further develop these vital practical skills, your understanding of the media, and is a great way to build important industry connections.

Real-world connections

Our lecturers have extensive journalism 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 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 media organisation. UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus, around Adelaide and, sometimes further afield, 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. As social media and other online platforms enable more people to say what they think and share what they see every day, the role of informed, knowledgeable, well-trained and ethical journalists in presenting truthful and accurate information in the public interest is more important than ever. 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 television, radio or for publication in newspapers, magazines or journals, whether in a media organisation or as a freelance or entrepreneurial journalist
  • reporter: deliver updates on news stories; reporters often cover breaking stories to quickly inform the public
  • tv / radio presenter and/or interviewer: the public face or voice of programs broadcast on television, radio and online
  • researcher/producer: for broadcast, podcast or vodcast; journalists research stories, find people to interview and put rich and informative audio or video stories together
  • scriptwriter: create characters and storylines for movie or television scripts
  • 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

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.

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: 


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

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

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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