The programme combines theoretical analysis with practical industry-immersion. This associate degree takes cognizance of the constitutional foundation of freedom of expression, freedom of the press and its pillars of responsibility, accuracy, balance and fairness. It aims to produce graduates who can move easily into newsrooms across the country. It is the first two years of the BA in Journalism.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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2 Years (FT)
3 Years (PT)



                                            COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

COMM 120 Critical Reading and Writing Skills for Journalism and Communication Majors 4 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 LANG 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
COMM 130 Understanding Human Communication 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals Research Skills 3
COMM 135 Voice and Presentation 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
FILM 290 Introduction to Video Production 3 SOCI 102/ Introduction to the Study of Society OR 3
JOUR 123 Fundamentals of Reporting 4 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish
JOUR 131 Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 15
JOUR 135 Photo Journalism 3 SUPPORT COURSES
JOUR 244 Media/Public Relations Internship 4 COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills 3
JOUR 275 Critical Analysis of the Media and TV coverage 3 Total Support Course Credits  3
JOUR 281 Broadcast News Writing 3
JOUR 299 Reporting for the Newspaper Workshop 3
LAWW 270 Laws Affecting Journalism/Public Relations 3
PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2
Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 43  

The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

The College accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • LINX
  • Visa/Master card
  • Certified/Manager’s cheque

Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

  • tuition fees
  • accommodation
  • airfare and other transportation costs
  • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
  • books and related materials
  • special equipment
  • other related tertiary expenses

For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


Payment Plans

Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

To be awarded the AA degree in Journalism, students must successfully complete 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

Required courses in the major area of study 43 credits
               Total credits in the major area of study 43 credits
Core curriculum courses 15 credits
Support courses  3 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation 61 credits

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