MASTER OF ARTS (MA) IN COMMUNICATION

Program Objective

The Master of Arts in Communication provides the opportunity to develop a profound imaginative understanding and appreciation of the theory and practice of the social sciences, humanities and arts. It gives the candidates skills in both verbal and non-verbal communication. It aims at developing good writing and communication skills that are geared towards creation of news, film and art.

Career Prospects

Depending on the area of specialization, graduates can find career opportunities in a broad range of industries including: Newspapers and Magazines, Television and Broadcasting, Government Organizations, NGOs, private business, Cultural institutions, animation and design studios, freelancing, visual arts studios, media and communications companies, photography studios. Faced with high competition in the job market you may want to consider studying at higher level.

 

Core Courses (16 Credits)

COM 610: English Grammar and Communication Skills

COM 620: Writing and Editing

COM 630: Screenwriting

COM 640: Communication Ethics

 

COM 610: English Grammar and Communication Skills

Basic verbs, adjectives, punctuation marks, sentence structures, complex and simple sentences, and nouns that enable eloquent communication of ideas. The students will learn the various skills and competences of public speaking and how to edit news scripts. The technicalities of journalistic jargons will be considered.

 

COM 620: Writing and Editing

This course is intended to help students in writing and editing news that would be presented either in print media (Newspaper publication) or audio visual means like in Radio and Television. It will enable students on how to produce news on newspapers and on audio-visual media.

 

COM 630: Screenwriting

This course will give students talks on screenwriting and the methods of broadcasting and other newsreel.

 

COM 640: Communication Ethics

Deals with professional morals and journalistic ethical norms that guide the profession of media experts. It handles issues like privacy and freedom of expression in the media landscape. Objective reporting must take into consideration the emotions of the public and the target audience.

 

 

Concentration Courses (16 credits)

Students are expected to do 4 of the following courses

 

COM 650: Broadcast Journalism

COM 655: Print Journalism

COM 660: Public Relations and Advertising

COM 665: Film Studies

COM 670: Performance Arts

COM 675: Strategic Communication

COM 680: Technical Communication

COM 685: Communication Arts

COM 690: Fiction & Nonfiction Writing

 

COM 650: Broadcast Journalism

Gathering, evaluating, and distributing facts of public interest. Skills in researching, writing, editing and producing stories for print and electronic distribution through newspapers, magazines, periodicals, the media, such as radio, documentary or newsreel films, television, and the Internet.

 

C0M 655: Print Journalism

Focus newspaper, magazines, journals and other publications usually issued on a daily, weekly or monthly basis whose main function is to report news.

 

COM 660: Public Relations and Advertising

Management of policies and programs to influence public opinion or public reaction about an idea, a product, or an organization. The study would enable students understand how public relations and advertising can shape the economic, social, and political patterns of life in a country. It will study areas like advertising, building prestige, publicity, promotional activities, marketing, merchandising, and press contact.

 

COM 665: Film Studies

Students will be introduced to the different facilities used to make motion pictures (movies, films or cinema) and television programs, or to the filmmaking company ranging from projection, film production, and directing.

 

COM 670: Performance Arts

Deals with acting and role playing in films, movies or cinemas. Dancing and choreography would constitute an important aspect of this course.

 

COM 675: Strategic Communication

Communication that relates to a particular environment and situation. The course will highlight different aspects in which people communicate ideas, experiences and situations.

 

COM 680: Technical Communication

An overview of communication between experts of the same field or specialty through journals, newspapers, magazines or audio-visual media. Scientists and other technicians communicate their findings and results with others. Different methods of disseminating technical information through public or other experts like abstracts, literature review, citations, and bibliographic references.

 

COM 685: Communication Arts

Deals with interpreting, editing and organizing news reel and news reporting. Communication arts enable students manage oratorical discourses like invention, arrangement and delivery.

 

COM 690: Fiction and Nonfiction Writing

This is to train the level of imagination and creativity of the students. This is an area of make-believe in communication studies. The candidates will be taught on how to create a story that is untrue, but related to a concrete life situation. This equally involves witnessing an event and writing a story that graphically depicts that event to a non-participant. The workshop will drill them on the skills of nosing for news, compilation, editing and presentation on real issues of life.

 

 

In addition to the concentration courses, students are expected to do the following courses

COM 693: Communication Internship

COM 698: Thesis in Communication

 

COM 693: Communication Internship

The student will be given the opportunity of about two months to have a supervised practical experience in a media house or publication house. This is to enable him learn on the spot what is involved in researching, writing, editing and producing news either in print or audio-visual means.

 

COM 693: Thesis in Communication

A thesis for the MA degree must constitute original scholarship is areas of communication. It must demonstrate the candidate’s ability to plan and carry out research highlighting the problematic, hypotheses, research questions, Literature review, methodology and presentation and verification of hypotheses and research objectives.

 

 

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