Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism

JCU’s Bachelor of Arts with a major inMultimedia Journalism prepares you for the realworld of tight deadlines, evolving technologyand ethical reporting. You will acquire traditionaljournalism skills, plus an opportunity to masterthe technology required for careers in online andmobile media environments.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
OP/Rank
19/61

Career opportunities

You will be highly skilled to work across all media platforms in a range of careers including:

  • Journalist
  • Copy editor
  • Communication officer
  • Electronic media producer
  • Web development manager
  • Information officer
  • Campaign manager
  • Researcher
  • Public relations practitioner

Course highlights

This course is run by journalism academics and local industry professionals - learn about the responsibilities and roles of journalism in society, using real-world scenarios. You will use the latest multimedia technology to help you gather stories on the move and contribute articles to our own online news platform. On completion of your course you will have a portfolio of work which will help you prepare for employment in the media industry.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in MultimediaJournalism gives you the skills and knowledgeneeded to survive in today’s evolvingnewsrooms. You will learn how to: 

  • Deliver convergent news stories
  • Produce award-winning photographs, radiodocumentaries and video journalism stories
  • Write copy for print, broadcast andonline media
  • Produce a variety of stories, covering nationalissues to local community events
  • Understand the basics of web design,graphic design, sound and music, andother online content.

Joint degree options 

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (311031) - Apply now

Subjects

Core subjects

The Bachelor of Arts has four core subjects. The first three core subjects are:

All these are Level 1 (first year) core subjects dealing with human understanding of time and space, history, and culture.

The final core subject is 'Arts Edge', a Level 3 (third year) subject designed to have you reflect on knowledge and skills developed during your Bachelor of Arts course, and integrate these into contemporary formats ready for the global workplace.

Major

Half of your BA will be the study of one major area. You can also study a second major, which can be an area from another College. You can view the subjects for each major by clicking the links below:

Electives

There is also space in your BA to take elective subjects. These may be subjects related to your major or majors, or they may simply be subjects of interest to you. Elective subjects can be chosen from any College.

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts

Course code

10110

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Study plans must include:

At least 3 credit points at level 1 from any four of the following subject prefixes: AN, AR, AY, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY or WS; and

At least 3 credit points of Indigenous Australian Studies either SS1010 or a subject prefixed IA, or AN1001 (Singapore).

A minimum of 42 credit points must be taken at levels 2 and 3, of which, at least 18 credit points must be at level 3.

A maximum of 15 credit points may be taken from subjects outside of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, except for subjects specified under a major.

Additional completion requirements

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence. Students wishing to complete an APAC accredited sequence should seek further advice.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Integrate knowledge of the diversity of cultures and peoples, their differences and commonalities, especially with respect to Indigenous cultures and peoples

  • Appraise the place and role of Australia and Singapore in the Asia-Pacific region and the tropics worldwide

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information, claims, and evidence

  • Apply critical thinking, independent judgement, intercultural sensitivity, and national, regional and global perspectives, to identify and solve problems in at least one discipline of the Arts, Languages or Social Sciences

  • Present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas, through proficiency in written and spoken English language and numeracy, appropriate to their audience and in a range of modes and media

  • Demonstrate capacity for reflection, planning, ethical decision-making and interdisciplinary team work in diverse contexts of community engagement, professional work and/or scholarship

  • Identify and have potential to act and reflect upon opportunities for lifelong learning and career development.

Course Structure

Course Structure (Cairns, Townsville)

Course Structure (Singapore)

Course Structure (Cairns, Townsville)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of level 1 Arts, Creative Media, Environmental Sciences, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY or WS

PLUS

Select SS1010 or any IA level 1, 2 or 3 subject

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate level 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a single or double major in second year

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of level 2 and 3 Arts and Social Sciences subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a second major from Table A

Table A (ARTS MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Anthropology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Archaeology

Cairns

Townsville

 

Criminology

Townsville

External 

Not all subjects available internally in Townsville

English

Cairns

Townsville

External 

 

Environmental Studies

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 

French Foundation

Cairns

Townsville

 

Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

German

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 

Indigenous Australian Studies

Cairns

Townsville

External 

 

Italian

Cairns

 

Japanese Advanced

Cairns

Townsville

 
Japanese FoundationCairns
Townsville
 

Media and Writing

Townsville

 

Multimedia Journalism

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External 

 

Psychology

Cairns

Townsville

If you plan to practise as a registered psychologist, you will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Socio-Economics

Townsville

External

Not available in joint degrees.

Students who wish to enrol in the Socio-Economics major should complete BU1003:03 Economics for Business in year 1 or in year 2 of their degree before attempting subjects in the Socio-Economics major.

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

External 

 

The Asian Century

Cairns

Townsville

(Suspended 2016-2017)

Not available in joint degrees.

Course Structure (Singapore)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 12 credit points of specified level 1 Arts and Social Sciences subjects from List 1

PLUS

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of undergraduate level 1, 2 or 3 subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of undergraduate level 2 or level 3 subjects

PLUS

Select a single or double major in second year

Single Major

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 18 credit points of level 2 or 3 Arts and Social Sciences subjects

Double Major

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select a second major from Table B

List 1

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology 2

SS1111:03 Introduction to Counselling

SS1112:03 Multicultural, Child and Adolescent Counselling

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Table B (ARTS MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory, single or double

Credit points in major

18 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology

Singapore

Students planning to practise as a registered psychologist will need additional studies beyond a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

The Asian Century

Singapore

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Not all majors are available in Cairns

Singapore

Not all majors are available in Singapore

Townsville

Not all majors are available in Townsville

External

Not all majors are available externally

Candidature

Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

9 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 12 credit points at level 1 before attempting any level 2 or 3 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

The psychology major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence for students commencing after 2015.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points - Creative Media, Arts or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 19 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Approved abbreviation

BA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Any major studied may appear on the testamur.

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 48 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Advanced Diploma of Arts.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the final year of the undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

Honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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