Positives: the course is online, so its easy to access. you work from the comfort of your home, library, or wherever you chose to be away from distractions, such as other students in tutorials & lectures.
Negatives: its hard if you feel the need to speak to a lecturer, as you cant talk in person, but only through email, and on rare occasion by phone. everything is online, so you miss out on the famous ""university experience"" of campus life and all that.
My advice to future students is: university is much more independent and harder than high school, take your study seriously. this is your future career. many people choose to pay for university through hecs, so choose something you wouldnt mind having debt for thats taken out of your earnings.
Positives: One of the best things about the course was the flexibility that it offered. I opted to study remotely via Open Universities, which allowed me to work full-time whilst studying, rather than having to work in part-time employment around scheduled classes.
I was able to complete the degree, which usually takes three years to complete, in just one year.
Negatives: I do not think that the course was particularly useful or worth the $20,000 I paid to study it in terms of employment prospects. I did not think that good industry contacts were provided, nor did the content reflect the current state of today's media industry.
I went on to secure my own employment at a local newspaper (as the university was unsuccessful in providing me with any kind of support in securing employment or an internship). When I started work at the paper, I learned that a lot of the information I was taught in the course (for example, style) was completely inaccurate compared to what is expected in the real world.
Although some of the units were somewhat hands-on and practical, there were a lot that were mandatory and yet completely irrelevant to the communications industry.
My advice to future students is: I would probably suggest that future students consider bypassing the degree and aiming to get into journalism by securing a work experience or internship placement first, and getting into full-time employment that way.
Positives: The tutorials are especially helpful and provide a friendly environment to learn in
Negatives: Schedule times and lectures that drag too much into detail rather than moving on
My advice to future students is: Get ahead of your lecture slides and assignments to compensate for lost time in lectures
I did this course when it was a Bachelor of Communication.
Positives: The course allowed for a lot of creativity and a variety of majors + minors to choose from which was a great benefit to someone like me who is creative and didn't want to be limited to one style of course throughout the entire degree. The course assessments were mostly projects, or verbal/written assignments - there were very few exams which was a plus. As my major was Screen Studies and Production, and my minor was Digital Communications, I got to study all aspects of film & television production, as well as learn about new media and how to distribute the content we were producing. There was a good balance between group and solo projects.
Negatives: The negative aspects of the course was that it did not necessarily plan or inform students for the future. Of course this is not the fault of the University, as the media industry is ever-growing and ever-changing, especially right now, so it is Griffith's responsibility to update and refresh each course on a yearly basis to ensure information is up-to-date. I did find a few teachers in the course were not necessarily the best - they were hired due to their success in their field, but a successful career does not necessarily make for a successful teacher.
My advice to future students is: Future students should ensure that they are choosing a course that will lead to an obvious career path where they are following their passions. A lot of my fellow classmates are not currently working in the fields we studied, myself included. However I do believe that a Bachelor of Communications has informed every job position I've had and has been a great asset.
Positives: The support system is amazing.
Whether you need writing or research help, there are resources available. The online library has a great variety of resources needed for research, I did not have to go to the library at all to write my essays. The convenors are also there to help, are always understanding and available for consultations.
Negatives: I wish there was a bit of hands on experience or a guaranteed internship so that we could apply our theoretical knowledge. The deadlines for assignments are always back to back for all courses, so the quality of research suffers a bit when trying to meet those deadlines.
My advice to future students is: Read a lot. Use all the resources that are available. Start research early if you want to get a good mark. It is not so much your knowledge but attendance and effort that make up your mark.
I did honours as well.
Positives: Lecturing and research staff were very engaging and always available to discuss course content or career outcomes. The material was fresh and up to date. The lectures were interesting. Content was delivered thoughtfully and in a way that involved the students as much as possible
Negatives: No negatives, I love it. The only fault I could find is that Griffith doesn't have the name of UQ or QUT. However, in this particular field, Griffith does amazing work and gets good recognition.
My advice to future students is: Utilise your lecturers and researchers for advice and hands on experience like tutoring, internships etc. Get involved as much as possible. Make good use of the excellent online system.
I majoring in English Literature
Positives: The positive aspects of the course, are that it teaches students skills that are versatile and transferable to different areas. Students are taught to think critically, and how to communicate in the modern world.
As a student, I feel like the course is designed, with me in mind. A lot of support is provided, and the instructors are always there to help.
Negatives: It can sometimes feel like some of the subjects aren't relevant to my future. There also isn't a lot of flexibility in what electives you can choose.
My advice to future students is: I would advise future students to be proactive and ask for help if they need it. The instructors are very accommodating and are there to support you, in furthering your education. Don't feel like any question is too small or too silly. The instructors are there to help you succeed.
Positives: Working with lecturers who have real experience in the field, it encompasses all facets of journalism, and shows the good and bad sides to working as a journalist.
Negatives: Other than the first trimester of the first year not having enough core subjects, there aren't really any negatives I've come across so far. (I am only in my first year however)
My advice to future students is: Study! Keep on top of your work! Make sure to speak to your lecturers and the people running your tutes, they're there to help you. AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEWS. ALWAYS. THEY WILL TEST YOU ON CURRENT EVENTS.
Positives: Gives practical as well as theoretical experience and knowledge that a lot of universities don’t
Negatives: Still believe there could be more practical experiences
My advice to future students is: Stay on top of the workload
Positives: Student internship I completed which was actually an elective
I found this really helpful in providing experience of how to use my skills practically
Negatives: The course was very theoretical and not as practical as I hoped
My advice to future students is: Get into it and work in the field you hope to to into. Even if it's just work experience it's still great and helpful for you in the long-run!
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