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Award(s): Master of Arts in Journalism (MA)
UAC code: 942500 (Autumn semester), 945500 (Spring semester)
CRICOS code: 006820D
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Academic requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Master of Arts in Journalism is part of an articulated program of study for people who want to start a journalism career and for experienced journalists wanting to broaden their skills and professional technological expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice.

This is the only program of its kind in Sydney where the Australian media is increasingly concentrating. The journalism staff at UTS has a record of excellence in professional practice reflected in media contacts. In addition, the course has close links with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism which provides a professional setting for student work.

Course aims

Graduates of the program:

  • have strong research and reporting skills and a knowledge and critical understanding of the media
  • are equipped with the necessary skills to either enter professional practice in the media or continue practice with additional skills and intellectual depth
  • strive to promote the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public, and
  • have an understanding of the role of the media in local, regional, national and global contexts.

Career options

Career options include reporter or editor in local, corporate, national and international print and broadcast media organisations.

Academic requirements

Applicants must have completed a recognised Australian bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

For this course, an equivalent qualification is a bachelor’s, graduate diploma, or master’s in any field of study. Applicants with a graduate certificate in a related field of study are also considered. Applicants who do not possess the relevant qualification may submit a personal statement outlining their educational and professional achievements.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; TOEFL: paper based: 600 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 100 overall with a writing score of 23; DEEP: B+

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Journalism ( C11058) or the Graduate Diploma in Journalism (C06037) and who are admitted to this course are eligible for recognition of prior learning for completed subjects.

 

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time, or equivalent part-time basis. Subjects are offered in weekly classes, or in accelerated and/or block mode. Accelerated mode enables full-time students to meet prerequisite requirements. This usually requires attendance at weekly classes, weekends and participation in web-based activities.

Course structure

The course totals 72 credit points of study, made up of 48 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of elective subjects. In their final year, students complete a 16 credit point major project.

Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a semester. Part-time students should undertake 16 credit points a semester.

Course completion requirements

57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism 8cp
57013 Journalism Studies 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
      57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57014 Feature Writing 8cp
      57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
57159 Journalism Major Project 16cp
Select 24 credit points from the following options: 24cp
57015 Political Reporting 8cp
57021 Journalism Attachment 8cp
57161 Investigative Journalism 8cp
50305 Specialist Reporting 8cp
57014 Feature Writing 8cp
57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
50001 Online Documentary 8cp
50302 Magazine Publishing 8cp
57150 Editing and Design 8cp
57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
57152 Investigative Research in the Digital Environment 8cp
57155 Online Journalism 8cp
57156 Radio Journalism 8cp
57157 Reporting the Global Economy: Business and Finance 8cp
57158 Television and Video Journalism 8cp
Total 72cp

 Course program

Typical course programs are shown below for full-time and part-time students, commencing in either Autumn or Spring semester.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn semester
57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57014 Feature Writing 8cp
      57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
      57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
Spring semester
57013 Journalism Studies 8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives 16cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
57159 Journalism Major Project 16cp
Select 8 credit points of electives 8cp
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn semester
57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
      57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
Spring semester
57013 Journalism Studies 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57014 Feature Writing 8cp
      57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
Select 16 credit points of electives 16cp
Spring semester
Select 8 credit points of electives 8cp
Year 3
Autumn semester
57159 Journalism Major Project 16cp
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring semester
57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57014 Feature Writing 8cp
      57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
57013 Journalism Studies 8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
      57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
Select 16 credit points of electives 16cp
Spring semester
57159 Journalism Major Project 16cp
Select 8 credit points of electives 8cp
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring semester
57011 Research and Reporting for Journalism 8cp
57013 Journalism Studies 8cp
Year 2
Autumn semester
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57012 Regulation of the Media 8cp
      57138 International and Comparative Journalism 8cp
Select one of the following: 8cp
      57014 Feature Writing 8cp
      57151 Storytelling with Sound and Image 8cp
Spring semester
Select 16 credit points of electives 16cp
Year 3
Autumn semester
Select 8 credit points of electives 8cp
Spring semester
57159 Journalism Major Project 16cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program including the Graduate Certificate in Journalism ( C11058) and the Graduate Diploma in Journalism (C06037).

  

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Service Desk
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