PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication is designed to create synergies among the various disciplines that comprise the field of mass communication, such as media studies, public relations and advertising. Students acquire an understanding of current communication theories and develop critical thinking, and analytical and research skills. Additionally, much needed practical experience is gained via internships in the industry.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Minimum five (5) CSEC/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 and beyond.

Mature Entry: Applicants over 25, with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience are also considered for admission. Such candidates must submit detailed curriculum vitae and a portfolio of their work with the application form. The Department may also conduct interviews to determine the candidate’s readiness to pursue the degree programme.

 

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    DURATION
    4 Years (FT)
    6 Years (PT)

    CAMPUS
    NLC

    DELIVERY MODE
    Online

    OCTOBER
    OPEN

                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    CODE COURSE TITLE CR. CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
    ADVT 230 Principles of Advertising 3 FYEC 100 First Year Experience Course 3
    ADVT 240 Copywriting 3 FYEC 400 Final Year Signature Portfolio 3
    COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3 COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills 3
    COMM 120 Critical Reading and Writing for Journalism and Communication Majors 4 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    COMM 130 Communication III: Understanding Human Communication 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    COMM 351 Social Media Communications 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    COMM 365 Audience and Reception 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish or any other Foreign Language or Sign Language 3
    COMM 450 Music as Communication 3 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    COMM 452 Film as Communication 3
    COMM 455 Media/ Public Relations Practicum 4 Free core curriculum credits 3
    COMM 462 Mass Communication Research Fundamentals 3  
    COMM 499 Senior Project – Mass Communication 4 Total Core Curriculum Credits 30
    GRDE 127 Digital Communication Design 3
    JOUR 123 Fundamentals of Reporting 3
    JOUR 131 Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations 3
    JOUR 244 Media/Public Relations Internship 4
    JOUR 275 Critical Analysis of Media and TV Coverage 3
    JOUR 305 Data Literacy for Media Practice 3
    LAWW 270 Laws Affecting Journalism and Public Relations 3
    PUBR 139 Introduction to Strategic Public Relations 3
    PUBR 221 Image,Etiquette and Protocol 2
    ADVT 330 Advertising Campaigns OR 3    
    JOUR 460 Newspaper and Magazine Editing OR    
    MKTG 290 Digital Marketing    
    PUBR 351 Applied Public Relations Planning OR 3    
    JOUR 354 Feature Writing    
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 75
     
    ELECTIVE COURSES
    Electives from the Major
    (choose 12 credits from the list below)
    12
    JOUR 135 Photo Journalism
    FILM 150 Script Writing I
    JOUR 281 Broadcast News Writing
    MGMT 200 Events Management
    FILM 140 Introduction to Video Production  
    COMM 140 Speech Writing
    COMM 135 Voice and Presentation
    MKTG 205 Principles of Marketing
    FILM 261 Single Camera Production
    ENGL 270 Creative Writing
    ADVT 241 Digital Photography and Animation for Advertising
    JOUR 460 Newspaper and Magazine Editing
    PUBR 351 Applied Public Relations Planning
    JOUR 354 Feature Writing
    ADVT 320 Media Buying and Planning
    ADVT 330 Advertising Campaigns
    JOUR 298 Multimedia Journalism
    MKTG 290 Digitial Marketing
    ACCT 204 Financial Procedures and Budgeting
     
    Free Elective Credits 3
     
    Total Credits for Elective Courses in the Major  15

    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

    Important:
    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 BA in Mass Communication, students must successfully complete 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 75 credits
    Electives 15 credits
    Core curriculum courses 30 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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