Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Why Study Multimedia Journalism and Writing at JCU?

This JCU Bachelor of Arts major equips you with the diverse range of skills you'll need to succeed in today's fast-changing creative and multimedia environments. You will develop generic and specialist skills such as creative writing, editing, critical reading, filming, storyboarding, and effective writing, among other fascinating topics.

You will also develop crucial transferable skills that will prepare you to become a successful media and communication professional, and communicator in the workplace and digital environments. As a JCU student majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Writing, you will learn from the experience of lecturers from various parts of the world with diverse backgrounds and successful experiences in their own fields of study and research, who are also published writers and journalists.

Studying at JCU, you will also be inspired to write creatively and critically about the diverse and unique natural environment, and complex topics that arise in tropical, regional locations.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
19/60

Career opportunities

Strong multimedia writing skills, and creative and critical thinking are required by employers for communications; freelance; fiction, nonfiction and professional writing; journalism; web content development; report writing; media liaison; electronic media production; social media production and management.

Depending on your own preferences, you could forge a career in:

  • Writing for digital and print media
  • Journalism
  • News gathering and news casting
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • TV/radio, video, audio and online production
  • PR campaign planning
  • Web design
  • Photojournalism
  • Corporate communication and management

Course highlights

By choosing this exciting and practical JCU major you'll learn the real-life skills needed to communicate in multimedia environments, such as:

  • Writing and copy-editing for multimedia platforms
  • Conveying the news across print, TV, online and radio
  • Developing strong storytelling skills across genres including creative nonfiction, short stories, fiction and poetry
  • Generating authentic, engaging creative fiction and non-fiction work
  • Producing award-winning photographs, radio documentaries and video journalism stories
  • Thinking critically and ethically as communicators in a digital environment facing complex social and cultural topics

All your hard work, both practical and more theoretical, will form the basis of your professional portfolio and you will receive support from academics and technicians at JCU to ensure your portfolio will enable you to hit the ground running when you graduate.

Multimedia and writing major students have the opportunity to participate in a full semester exchange in Samoa starting from SP1 2017. There will be two rounds of five students leaving each year (one per semester until the end of 2018). This is part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) initiative. Other international exchanges are also available through JCU’s  Global Mobility program. You may choose to undertake part of your study in any of the over 50 different JCU partner universities in North or South America, Asia, Europe or the UK.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Arts majoring in multimedia journalism and writing offers you

  • Practical training in key generic writing skills and appreciation of communication, writing and journalistic practices in a multimedia context
  • Skills required for specialist genres and the opportunity to independently develop your own multimedia writing project
  • An appreciation of effective, audience-centred writing in a multimedia context and
  • Skills in planning, writing and editing creative, journalistic, academic and professional writing.

Subject topic areas include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Effective Writing
  • Writing for the multimedia
  • Short story writing
  • Public Relations Campaigns
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Multimedia writing projects
  • The sociology of digital environments

Joint Degrees

Depending on your own interests and goals, you could enhance your career prospects by studying a joint degree, such as:

  • Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science

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

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Subjects

BA – Multimedia Journalism and Writing Major

Major code

BAR-MJW

Credit point value

24 credit points for single major

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

JN1005:03 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism: Creativity, Ethics, Production

Level 2

EL2011:03 Creative Writing or EL3013:03 Reading and Writing the Short Story

JN2301:03 Broadcast Journalism

JN2011:03 Writing for Multimedia

SY2101:03 Sociology of Digital Life

Level 3

CU3021:03 Public Relations Campaigns

JN3304:03 Multimedia Writing Projects

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Handbook

Bachelor of Arts

Course code

115710

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English(4,SA)

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:

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.

Additional information

The psychology major is NOT an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

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 – Townsville, Cairns

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BA1001:03 Time, Truth, and the Human Condition

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

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences (TSV and CNS students only) or AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective (External students only)

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 9 credit points of level 1 or 2 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of level 3 Humanities, Creative Media, and Social Sciences subjects from the following prefixes: AN, AR, BA, CU,CV, CY, EL, EV, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SY or WS

PLUS

Select a single or double major

Single Major

Select a major from Table A

PLUS

Select a minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list

PLUS

Select a second minor that is different to your major from the Inter-Disciplinary Minors list  or 12 credit points of any undergraduate 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

24 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.  Students will need to take some subjects offered only in external mode.

English

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Human Geography

Cairns

Townsville

 

History

Cairns

Townsville

 

Human Services

Cairns

Townsville

 
Modern Languages

Cairns

Townsville

External

Language streams available are:
- French
- Japanese
- German
- Italian

Not all streams are available in Cairns and not all streams are available externally

Multimedia Journalism and Writing

Townsville

 

Politics and International Relations

Cairns

Townsville

External

 

Psychology Studies

Cairns

Townsville

Singapore

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

Sociology

Cairns

Townsville

Not all subjects are available internally, and not all subjects are available externally

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

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

Level 3

BA3000:03 Arts Edge

OPTIONS

Select 21 credit points of level 1, 2 or 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of undergraduate level 3 subjects from the following prefixes: AN, BA, CU,CV, EL, EV, HI, NM, PY, SS, or SY

PLUS

Select a major from Table B

PLUS

Select 12 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

TABLE B (ARTS MAJORS - SINGAPORE)

Type of major

Mandatory

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Notes

All majors are available mid year

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Psychology Studies

Singapore

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

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 Studies major is not an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

3 credit points for Creative Media, Humanities or Social Sciences subjects not taken as part of an Arts major.  Also does not apply to the core subjects BA1001, BA1002, SS1010 or BA3000.

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

Students may apply for exemption from language subject pre-requisite requirements on the basis of prior learning or demonstrated and appropriate experience in the relevant language. Students admitted to the advanced streams in the Modern Languages major will not be given credit for foundations subjects in the same language.

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 or Diploma of Higher Education.

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.

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