Bachelor of Communication - Journalism

RMIT University

RMIT's journalism course is highly regarded by the local and international news media industry for its blend of theory and practice. Students take part in both simulated and live productions of radio and TV news and current affairs. Students learn to write high quality print and digital news and feature stories, which are published in the well-regarded City Journal. The broader learning experience is enhanced through focused studies in Asian media and culture, Cinema studies, Political economy, Literary studies or Approaches to popular culture. In addition, students can choose subjects from a range of electives. By the end of the course students have the practical and theoretical knowledge to begin a career in journalism, in Australia and abroad, and are able to show employers evidence of skills and achievements with a professional portfolio of published work.

Course Fee:

Australian: $86,400
International: $92,160

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in any English.


Year 1-In the first year of the program you will learn foundation skills in news gathering, news writing and production. You will be introduced to the intellectual and scholarly aspects of journalism. You will critically engage with its cultural and historical contexts, and its legal and regulatory systems. Year 2-In the second year you will learn to research, report, write and produce radio and television news. You also learn the fundamentals of online journalism. Year 3-In the first semester of your final year, you will enrol in an industry-based placement course. In the second semester you will work in a converged, multimedia newsroom. You will produce print, online and broadcast journalism in a deadline-driven environment that mirrors industry practice. You will help to produce the program's newspaper, City Journal, its online companion City Journal Online, a live television news bulletin, and live radio news.

Subjects you can Study:

Broadcast journalism, Data journalism, Digital journalism, Journalism, Journalism culture, Journalism ethics, Journalism foundations, Journalism history, Journalism innovation, Journalism law, Journalism practice, Literary journalism, Newsroom practice, Newsroom sociology, Online journalism, Photojournalism, Political journalism, Print journalism, Radio Journalism, TV journalism.

Study Pathways:

RMIT graduates of the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing or the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) may be eligible to apply for exemptions.

Further information:

When you graduate, you will be ready to begin working locally and internationally and in all areas of journalism, including newspapers, magazines, specialist publications, radio, TV, online and also in related areas in the commercial and public sector. The news industry values the multi-platform skills that RMIT journalism graduates offer, skills that are essential in the modern newsroom. The focus of the program is on preparing you for a journalism career, but it will also prepare you for other occupations in media and communications. Technological advancements in the industry have resulted in new forms of journalism, allowing for new employment possibilities. The program will prepare you for roles such as journalist, media advisor, information officer, crisis communication specialist, corporate social responsibility (CSR) advisor.


The program has the assistance and support of the Journalism Program Advisory Committee, which has senior representatives from metropolitan daily and regional newspapers, broadcast and online media.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Journalist, Media Presenter, Writer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 62.85 No Full time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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