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Master of Creative Industries with the degree of Master of Future Journalism


Faculty of Arts
Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Master of Creative Industries with the degree of Master of Future Journalism (MCreIndMFJ)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 Bachelors Degree or recognised equivalent in relevant field
• GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)
English Language Proficiency:
Minimum English Language Proficiency IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2.5 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Social Media (4)
Media Writing and Research (4)
Creative Entrepreneurship (4)
Storytelling Techniques (4)
Digital Media Strategies (4)
Creative Production Portfolio (8)
The Creative Industries (4)
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Digital Audio/ Radio Production (4)
Interactive Communication (4)
Social Media, Law and Ethics (4)
Data Journalism (4)
Non-Fiction Screen Media (4)
The Art of Recording (4)
Music Production (4)
Writing the Real (4)
Performance Practices (4)
Screen Investigations (4)
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Leadership and Management (4)
Intercultural Communication (4)
Issues in Contemporary Global Media (4)
Communication for Social Change (4)
Media Law and Culture (4)
Environmental Communication (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 092010C
Overview and Aims of the Program This program is a professionally focused program that combines two existing postgraduate programs.
MASTER OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES: The Master of Creative Industries is a professionally focused program that prepares graduates for a career in 21st century media environments. It addresses the skills required to meet the challenges associated with a rapidly shifting professional context that is increasingly focused on digital production, distribution and audience engagement strategies. The program allows students to focus on either sound and music production, or screen production and addresses the current skills required for professional industry-level production.

MASTER OF FUTURE JOURNALISM: The Master of Future Journalism is designed for students who wish to extend their depth of knowledge and understandings of the practice of professional journalism in the convergent media age. The program offers aspiring and experienced journalists the opportunity to develop expertise in the skills required to expand their careers. These include fundamental journalism practice – ethics, news, reporting, writing; working with multiple media forms including audio, video and web-based; and journalism innovation including aggregation, curation, social media and data journalism. The program enhances the students’ knowledge, understandings and skills in the practice of professional journalism.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding (MCI)
A1 Describe the structure and operation of the creative media industries in a global context K, T, A
A2 Differentiate between a range of approaches to production, distribution and audience engagement K, T, I
A3 Demonstrate an effective understanding of creative media project design and management K, P, I, C, L
A4 Describe and differentiate between a range of different creative entrepreneurship strategies K, T, P, I
A5 Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary production approaches and aesthetics K, T, P, E,

Skills and Capabilities (MCI)
Conceive, produce and deliver creative projects to professional standards across a range of platforms K, T, P, I, J
Collaborate with team members in creative media project contexts C, E, A, J
Conduct professional research appropriate to creative media projects K, T, C, E, J
Document, describe, and evaluate creative media projects in effective ways K. T, P J, L

Knowledge and Understanding (MFJ)
A1 Demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in contemporary journalism. K, C
A2 Integrate and synthesise information from a range of sources and environments. T, I
A3 Ethically connect with the role of journalism and democratic citizenship. E, A
A4 Respect and engage in diverse disciplinary approaches to and contexts of contemporary journalism. E, A

Skills and Capabilities (MCI)
B1 Engage with current debates surrounding the practice of journalism. K, T, P
B2 Systematically enquire and creatively question the practice of journalism. I, J, L
B3 Research, evaluate and communicate diverse knowledge through contemporary journalism practices and produce material in a range of audio, visual, textual and social media forms. T, P, C
B4 Work independently and/or collaboratively in the complex and evolving contemporary journalism practices. I, E, J
B5 Reflect on and adapt to an increasingly converged, digital environment. P, L
Learning and Teaching Methods The program embraces a broad range of learning and teaching methods. These include

•Lectures (both face to face and iLearn)
•Seminars and masterclasses
•In studio practical classes
•Computer lab based software teaching
•Independent project work – major and minor productions supervised by academic staff.

The program deploys authentic learning models across a suite of Production based subjects. Students learn and complete projects using industry standard technology platforms, observing professional media workflows and practices.

Project work also provides collaborative group work opportunities, where students learn to work on production projects in teams that model industry structures.

The Master of Creative Industries with the Master of Future Journalism outcomes are aligned to both unit level outcomes and to Bachelor of Arts graduate capabilities. A range of learning and teaching methods are utilized:

1. Lectures provide instruction in the theoretical components of unit content.
2. Tutorials and seminars provide students with opportunities to analyse, question and debate unit content.
3. Teaching materials include:
a. Readings (paper and/or electronic).
b. Online learning.
c. Guest lecturers and industry speakers.
d. Recording facilities.
e. Computer labs.
f. Set texts.

4. The Master of Creative Industries with the Master of Future Journalism is comprised of post-graduate unit offerings. The Master of Future Journalism is a two-year postgraduate program consisting of 64 credit points of full-time study or part-time equivalent.
Assessment There is a range of assessment tasks and types undertaken by students undertaking the Master of Future Journalism program. These include:
1. Participation
2. Reports
3. Releases
4. Presentations
5. Written and oral tasks

The Master of Creative Media program draws upon a range of formative and summative assessment types and approaches. These include:

1. Written assignments that target critical and analytical skills
2. Production assignments that target creative media skills. These assignments also assess a student’s capacity to write clearly and reflectively about their creative media projects.
3. Written project proposal assignments that test students’ skills in undertaking appropriate professional research for direct application to production projects.
4. Project and business plans
5. Media skills testing (in studio or online)
6. Online quiz assessments
7. Presentations
8. Participation – students are assessed on their contributions in seminars and online forums
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The double degree is highly professionally focused. It prepares students for careers as:

1 . Online content producers (journalism, screen, music, arts and beyond)
2. Directors
3. Editors
4. Multiplatform and interactive media producers
5. Screen writers
6. Producers and Production managers
7. Creative media entrepreneurs
8. Creative media marketing and promotion specialists
9. Arts and cultural administration
10. Journalists
11. Communications and Media relations
12. Music producers
13. Composers
14. Audio engineers

The course is taught through production facilities that closely model industry standards, thus facilitating the movement of graduates into professional environments.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148