BA Mass Communication
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, which is complemented by practical experience in real world media and public relations and the development of critical thinking, analytical and research skills and capabilities. Students are kept abreast of changes and shifts within the communication industry, and advancements in relevant technologies. Graduates of COSTAATT’s Associate in Applied Science Degree in Journalism and Public Relations will be awarded transfer credits for relevant courses in the bachelor’s degree programme.
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).
4 Years (FT) 5/6 Years (PT)
COURSES IN THE MAJOR CORE CURRICULUM COURSES
|CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.||CODE||COURSE TITLE||CR.|
|ADVT 240||Copywriting||3||COMM 118||Communication in the Workplace||3|
|COMM 120||Critical Reading and Writing for Journalism and Communication Majors||4||LANG 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 OR||3|
|COMM 365||Audience and Reception||3||SPAN 100||Introduction to Spanish|
|COMM 450||Music as Communication||3||ENTP 210||Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship||3|
|COMM 452||Film as Communication||3||SOCI 102/||Introduction to the Study of Society OR||3|
|COMM 455||Media/ Public Relations Practicum||4||PSYC 103/||Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity OR||3|
|COMM 462||Mass Communication Research Fundamentals||3||RELI 205||Comparative Religion||3|
|COMM 499||Senior Project – Mass Communication||4||SCIE 121/||Foundations of Natural Sciences OR||3|
|GRDE 127||Digital Communication Design||3||ENVS121||Environmental Issues and Sustainability||3|
|JOUR 123||Fundamentals of Reporting||3||ENVH 102||World Issues in Public Health||3|
|JOUR 131||Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations||3||SCIE 201||Contemporary Issues in Science||3|
|JOUR 244||Media/Public Relations Internship||4||ENGL 200/||Comparative Literature OR||3|
|JOUR 275||Critical Analysis of Media and TV Coverage||3||ARTS 120||Survey of Art History||3|
|JOUR 340||Mass Media in the Global Context||3||CLTR 120||Introduction to the Culture of Trinidad and Tobago||3|
|LAWW 270||Laws Affecting Journalism and Public Relations||3||MUSC 120||Survey of Music History||3|
|PUBR 139||Introduction to Strategic Public Relations||3||One (1) free elective core curriculum course||3|
|PUBR 221||Image,Etiquette and Protocol||2||Total Core Curriculum Credits||30|
|Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major||63||SUPPORT COURSES|
|ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE MAJOR||Three (3) credits taken from the list of support courses below||3|
|Fifteen (15) credits taken from the list of courses in the major below||15||ECON 110||Introduction to General Economics|
|JOUR 135||Photo Journalism||ACCT 204||Financial Procedures and Budgeting|
|ITEC 240||Web Page Design||BUSI 203||Leadership and Ethics|
|JOUR 281||Broadcast News Writing||Total Support Course Credits||3|
|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|
|ADVT 230/||Principles of Advertising OR||3|
|JOUR 460||Newspaper and Magazine Editing|
|PUBR 351/||Applied Public Relations Planning OR||3|
|JOUR 354||Feature Writing|
|One (1) guided elective in the major||3|
|Total Credits for Elective Courses in the Major||24|
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.
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:
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.
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:
Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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||63 credits|
|Guided Elective courses in major area of study||24 credits|
|Total Credits in Major Area of Study||87 credits|
|Core curriculum courses||30 credits|
|Support courses||3 credits|
|Total Credits Required for Graduation||120 credits|
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