Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

304404 v.2 Graduate Diploma in Journalism


Course CRICOS Code: 041939J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course provides an intensive professional program in journalism. It combines core units in media ethics and media law with units in newspaper, radio and television production. Students enrolled in the program will publish or broadcast their work through The Western Independent, Curtin FM 100.1 and Channel 31. All production facilities are provided ensuring that students enjoy a professional working environment, enabling them to participate in a supportive and productive culture. The program is administered and taught by academic and industry professionals with experience at all levels of media production and management.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

Students are required to participate in production classes outside the normal lecture or tutorial program. Some students may be eligible to undertake an industry placement program in their final semester.

Professional Recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

304422 v.2   Journalism 511 - Media Ethics 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

304410 v.2   Journalism 510 - Media Law 3.0 25.0
304429 v.2   Journalism 517 - Industry Placement 25.0
304432 v.2   Journalism 595 - Print Production 4.0 50.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
304423 v.2   Journalism 512 - Radio News 4.0 25.0
304424 v.2   Journalism 513 - Print News 3.0 25.0
304425 v.2   Journalism 514 - Feature Writing 3.0 25.0
304426 v.2   Journalism 515 - TV News 3.0 25.0
304430 v.2   Journalism 518 - Photojournalism 3.0 25.0
304431 v.2   Journalism 594 - Advanced Independent Study 8.0 50.0
304433 v.2   Journalism 596 - Advanced Radio News 3.0 50.0
304435 v.2   Journalism 597 - Television Current Affairs 3.0 50.0
304436 v.2   Journalism 598 - Studio Production and Presentation 4.0 50.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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