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GC-JOURL

Journalism

Graduate certificate

Add journalism skills to your professional repertoire and have the ability to share important stories.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Duration
    6 months full-time
  • Credit
    100
  • CRICOS
    0100581
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Why study Journalism at Curtin?

Work experience

Opportunities to work at Seven West Media in journalism initiatives. 

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Journalism

Outline

Outline

In this course you will combine your undergraduate expertise in another discipline with introductory journalism skills and knowledge.

You will learn how to produce video, audio and text-based journalism, and become familiar with using industry-standard equipment and facilities.

You will be taught by dedicated staff with extensive industry experience, learning subjects including news writing, video news and radio news.

You'll have the opportunity to practise your reporting skills by publishing your journalism on Curtin's student digital news site, Western Independent.

When you successfully complete the course, you may transfer to the Graduate Diploma of Journalism, and subsequently enrol in the Master of Journalism.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What jobs can the Graduate Certificate in Journalism lead to?

The future of journalism

Journalism is a dynamic and fast-paced industry that has witnessed much change in recent decades. This has led to many new niche and boutique media startups, creating varied employment opportunities.

Many of Curtin’s journalism graduates find work at major media organisations. We aim to produce skilled multimedia journalists who thrive in the contemporary digital environment and can demonstrate the fundamental skills of research, interviewing, writing and broadcast presentation.

Industries

  • Media
  • Corporate and public sector communications
  • Public relations
  • Publishing

What you'll learn

  • understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research and publication, as well as reflective practice
  • assess and evaluate information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
  • communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional contacts and a range of audiences. Assess the application of existing and emerging technologies on journalism to create effective professional work
  • understand the discipline Journalism and the role of journalists and journalism in a globalized world; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional practices in Journalism
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to marginalised groups
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively within the legal and ethical parameters of journalism

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A bachelor degree or equivalent in an unrelated field from a recognised institution OR recent, relevant and extensive work experience. Candidates applying via this pathway will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

7.0

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

7.0

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.