University of Technology Sydney

C06104v2 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism (GradDipAdvJour)
CRICOS code: 092501F
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism is designed to meet the needs of mid-career journalists and graduates seeking a career change. It is a highly industry-focused course that equips students with deep knowledge of journalism, technical skills and the adaptive capacities needed in the current digital dominated media environment. Students who successfully complete the course have current, and forward-looking skills that allow them to operate in digital newsrooms and on other digital facing programs.

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism equips students with the skills, deep knowledge and adaptive capabilities to build a career in today's rapidly changing and often highly disrupted media landscape.

Students gain hands-on experience in reporting, editing and related production and design skills in a wide variety of text, audio and visual mediums like our award-winning UTS Central News platform or the Foreign Correspondent Study Tour, which is an exclusive partnership with SBS News and SBS Online, giving students the opportunity to file news stories on the ground with the chance of being published.

Students have the opportunity to use, experience and think about emerging areas of journalistic practice, including drones, virtual reality and computer-assisted reporting, and work with leading practitioners in investigative, sports and entrepreneurial journalism.

The overarching aim is to foster agility and innovation in the local, regional and global media landscape which is evidenced by UTS students who gain internships at the Guardian or regional reporting assignments.

This course is part of an articulated program of study and is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to fully harness the power of journalism.

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Course aims

Graduates of the program:

  • have strong and flexible research, reporting and production skills and a critical understanding of contemporary media
  • are innovative practitioners and agile thinkers who are able to develop new ideas and practices across journalism and media
  • strive towards leadership positions that are grounded in ethical, professional and transparent practice
  • possess the ability to work across platforms, channels and disciplines in digital and emerging environments.

Career options

Career options include reporter, producer, presenter and editor across most types of public and private media, broadcast and publishing organisations.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

1.1 Possess an advanced understanding of the professional skills and techniques in one or more fields of contemporary journalism practice
1.2 Apply a high level of initiative to create content using multiple techniques and within industry accepted frameworks of accountability
2.1 Understand the complex capabilities of computer-assisted learning, data and other numeric-based techniques for specialised academic inquiry
2.2 Reflect critically on the theory and professional practice of contemporary journalism
3.1 Ability to apply professional skills responsibly and respectfully in multiple cultural and ethno-centric contexts
4.1 Understand how journalism practice can advance story-telling, understanding and cohesion within and across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
5.1 Develop and maintain collaborative networks, contacts and linkages within industry bodies and across disciplines, while ensuring ethical practice and social responsibility at all times
6.1 Demonstrate skills in engagement to enable effective communication with multiple stakeholders, using traditional and emerging techniques
6.2 Harness multiple channels of communication, understanding the power and limitations of each as a tool to spread information and engage specific audiences and communities.

Key

The first digit of each CILO indicates the relevant graduate attribute:

  1. Professional Readiness
  2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
  3. International and Intercultural Engagement
  4. Indigenous Competencies
  5. Active Citizenship
  6. Effective Communication

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

All applicants, except undergraduate journalism graduates, need to submit the following:

  • a CV
  • an example of their professional work. This includes:
    • links to or the text of any journalistic work, or
    • links to applicant's own website, blogposts or published essays and opinion articles, or
    • story-telling forms that include short stories, essays, and short documentary style audio and video recordings.

If none of the above are available, applicants may provide a short essay of no more than 1000 words about key challenges facing journalism and the news media industry.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

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.

Course duration and attendance

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism is offred on a one-year, full-time or one-and-a-half years, part-time study.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism totals 48 credit points of study, made up of 32 credit points of core subjects and 16 credit points of electives.

Full-time students are required to undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students should undertake 8 or 16 credit points a session.

Course completion requirements

STM91175 Core subjects (Advanced Journalism) 32cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp
Total 48cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C06104

Course program

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

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Spring session
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Spring session
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 16 credit points from the following:   16cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
57083 Advanced Journalism   8cp
57085 Digital Journalism and Beyond   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
57232 Media Law and Accountability   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  
Spring session
57088 Journalism Studies   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91222 Electives (Advanced Journalism) 16cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

The Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism forms part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Journalism and the Master of Advanced Journalism (C04321).

Professional recognition

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
  • Students are eligible for student membership of the MEAA and access to the MEAA, Women in Media and Walkley Foundation network which provides skill development programs.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

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