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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Journl)(ProfWrit)
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)

3 years FT, 6 years PT

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Monash University, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences:

Gippsland TAFE:


  • Students study a total of four years full-time, combining the Monash and TAFE components.
  • Studies in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing are taken at the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE in Yallourn.


This double award course allows students to study the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from the Gippsland Institute of TAFE in conjunction with the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Monash University. The course is managed in conjunction with Gippsland TAFE. Students receive both awards from the respective institutions upon completion of the program.


The course provides major studies in the theory, practice, technology and research techniques of journalism together with studies at the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE which provide students with the theoretical base and the practical skills in a variety of writing, editing and production tasks.


The double award normally involves four years of full-time study; the Monash component three years. The first year consists of TAFE modules in professional writing and editing. In the second year, students take two level-one journalism units within Monash and complete the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE diploma. In the third year, students take arts degree units, including level-two journalism units and any TAFE modules still to be completed. In the fourth year, students take level-three degree units to complete the journalism major and the requirements of the Monash University degree.

Areas of study

In addition to a journalism major, minors can be taken in:

  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian studies
  • communications
  • community studies
  • history-politics
  • journalism
  • philosophy
  • public relations
  • sociology
  • writing.

For information on majors and minors offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


BA (Journalism) component

The journalism component must include the following:

(a.) a journalism major (48 points)

(b.) an arts first-year-level sequence (12 points)

(c.) an arts minor (24 points)

(d.) two arts electives (12 points)

(e.) a further 12 points of electives.

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing component

Students complete the diploma requirements as outlined by Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE.


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) awarded by Monash University

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing awarded by Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE