Introduction to mass communication
Mass Communication Masters Degree or MA in Mass Communication is of two years course after graduation. The course teaches the student with not just one stream but with a holistic knowledge of all the different mediums in mass communication. Whether its print or audio-visual journalism or corporate communication or radio production, a student learns much more in it. The two-year master’s course in Mass Communication is include of theory and practical subjects.
Usually the first term consists of six subjects –
1. Communication theory/research and evaluation
2. Visual Communication
3. Sound for the media
4. Traditional entertainment
5. Audio video production and still photography
6. Radio production
PG Diploma in Mass Communication
Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication is of recent origin. The education under it is not imparted at the undergraduate level nor it’s a two years master course. It’s a diploma that one can pursue after finishing his/her bachelors’ education. He has to invest just one year after his graduation to have access to different mediums (print, radio, television, and internet).
Graduates from any stream can pursue this course but at the end of the course, he would be conferred with a diploma and not a degree. The contents of this course are the same as the contents of Bachelors and Masters programs but are completed in a span of nine months. This course is also offered by different government universities and institutes.
Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Pioneer Media School, Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)and IIMC are some of the institutes in Delhi that offer education at this level. PG Diploma courses in Mass Communication is fast overtaking ‘Masters in Mass Communication’. Even Distance education universities like Indira Gandhi National Open University ( IGNOU) is also providing a one-year diploma course in Mass Communication after graduation.
Mass Communication - Eligibility
A candidate minimum needs 50% marks in graduation for pursuing a postgraduate degree or Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Admission to postgraduate degree in Mass Communication depends on a written test and interview conducted by individual universities.
- A student should have 20 years old at the time of joining the course and the upper limit is 25 years.
- Those who belong to SC/ST categories are given relaxation of 5 years. The SC/ST candidates can appear for the test even if they have attained the age of 30 years.
- Other Backward Castes candidates, however, are provided relaxation of 3 years.
Education Qualification :
- A student should possess bachelor’s degree after 10+2+3.
The stream in which he/she has attained the degree doesn’t matter.
- Most of the universities and institutes take only those students who have attained minimum 50 percent in bachelors’ degree. Some universities demand at least 60 percent.
- The institutes/universities keep on changing their eligibility criteria from time to time.
PG diploma in Mass Communication - Admission Process
Admission to a postgraduate diploma in Mass Communication is usually based on a written test. The entrance exam for diploma in mass Communication includes general knowledge and aptitude. Each institute conducts its own entrance exam. Some institutes also hold interviews for the selection of candidates for mass communication courses. The entrance exam is more or less similar to that of Bachelors in Mass Communication.
Top Institutes For Master's Degree in Mass Communication
The universities and institutes offering Post Graduate degree in Mass Communication are:
- Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi
- AJK Mass Communication Research Center of Jamia Millia Islamia University and
- Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune.