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What will I learn?

The profession of journalism has undergone a seismic shift in the last decade. Newspapers and broadcast journalism have moved online, allowing for more immediate reporting, faster news cycles and extensive public interaction. The popularity of mobile devices and social media has exponentially increased the demand for up-to-date news. It's led to a new class of journalists able to tell stories using the full array of digital tools. This is the world for which we prepare our students.

The Journalism Program at Santa Barbara City College provides an overview of the workings of the mass media today, along with a foundation to the journalistic skills, knowledge and ethics needed to work in the industries that are hiring our graduates. These include the news, entertainment and sports media, as well as public relations and community or corporate communications. We also provide a solid lower-division base for many other majors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use news judgment to select, produce and publish journalistic content.
  • Practice standard reporting and news gathering techniques.
  • Identify the best medium by which to convey journalistic content.
  • Develop journalistic content in multiple media forms.
  • Identify and practice the role and principles of a free press in a participatory democracy: commitment to accuracy, sound ethics, fairness and context.

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Wake Campus

300 N. Turnpike Road,

SANTA BARBANA,

California,

93111, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$9,192.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $383 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,532 (4 units @ USD $383 per unit) 
Application deadline

1 November 2022, 15 June 2023

Start date

23 January 2023

Venue

Schott Campus

310 W. Padre Street,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93105, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better. Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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