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, 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.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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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DURATION
4 Years (FT) 5/6 Years (PT)

CAMPUS
NLC/South/Tobago

SEPTEMBER
Open

                                            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.

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 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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