AAS Journalism


and Public Relations

The programme is designed to enable students to function as paraprofessionals in dynamic and fast-paced media and communication environments. It facilitates their advancement to increasingly higher levels of responsibility in the workplace and provides them with a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue studies at undergraduate level.


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 COMM 118 Communications in the Workplace 3
    COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 LANG 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    COMM 130 Understanding Human Communication 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research 3
    JOUR 123 Fundamentals of Reporting 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    JOUR 131 Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations 3 SOCI 102/ Introduction to the Study of Society/ 3
    JOUR 244/JOUR 255 Media/Public Relations Internship/Media/Public Relations Practicum 4 PYSC 103/ Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity
    JOUR 275 Critical Analysis of Media and TV Coverage 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion
    LAWW 270 Laws Affecting Journalism and Public Relations 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 15
    PUBR 139 Introduction to Strategic Public Relations 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 31 HIST 210/ History of Trinidad and Tobago/ 3
    ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE MAJOR SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    Nine (9) credits taken from the list of courses in the major below 9 Total Support Course Credits  6
    JOUR 135  Photo Journalism
    ITEC 240 Web Page Design
    JOUR 281 Broadcast News Writing
    MGMT 200 Events Management
    FILM 290 Introduction to Video Production
    COMM 140 Speech Writing
    COMM 135 Voice and Presentation
    MKTG 205 Principles of Marketing
    LAWW 133 Law and the Community
    ENGL 270 Creative Writing
    Total Credits for Elective Courses in the Major  9

    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:  www.moe.gov.tt

    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: www.moe.gov.tt


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

    To be awarded the AAS degree in Journalism and Public Relations, students must successfully complete 61 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 31 credits
    Elective courses in the major area of study 9 credits
    Total credits in the major area of study 40  credits
    Core curriculum courses 15 credits
    Support courses   6 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 61 credits

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