The programme is unique in its relevance to the marketplace as it combines theoretical analysis with practical industry-immersion. This 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 offers students not only expanded knowledge but the opportunity for growth in personal development. It aims to produce change agents who, having moved seamlessly into newsrooms across the country can begin to lift the standard of news gathering and reporting to the heights of excellence.



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



                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    COMM 120 Critical Reading and Writing Skills for Journalism and Communication Majors 4 FYEC 100 First Year Experience Course 3
    COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    COMM 130 Communication III: Understanding Human Communication 3 LIBS 130 Fundamentals Research Skills 3
    COMM 135 Voice and Presentation 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    COMM 351 Social Media Communications 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    COMM 365 Audience and Reception 3 SCIE 201 Contemporary Issues in Science OR 1
    (Choose any two 1-credit courses)
    FILM 140 Introduction to Video Production 3 ENVH 102 World Issues in Public Health OR
    JOUR 123 Fundamentals of Reporting 3 ENVS 121 Environmental Issues and Sustainability
    JOUR 131 Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations 3 ENGL 200 Comparative Literature 3
    JOUR 135 Photojournalism 3 COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills 3
    JOUR 244 Media Internship 4 FYEC 400 Final Year Signature Portfolio 3
    JOUR 275 Critical Analysis of the Media and TV coverage 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    JOUR 281 Broadcast News Writing 3 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    JOUR 298 Multimedia Journalism 3
    JOUR 305 Data Literacy for Media Practice 3 Total Core Curriculum Courses 32
    JOUR 341 Reporting in the Global Context 3  
    JOUR 354 Feature Writing 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    JOUR 360 Copy Editing 3
    JOUR 453 Business and Energy Reporting 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    JOUR 444 Media Internship/ Practicum 4 ECON 110 Introduction to General Economics 3
    JOUR 460 Newspaper and Magazine Editing 3 GRDE 127 Digital Communications Design 3
    JOUR 498 Investigative Reporting 3
    LAWW 130 Caribbean Legal Systems 3
    LAWW 270 Laws Affecting Journalism/Public Relations 3 Total Support Course Credits  9
    PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2 GUIDED ELECTIVE IN THE MAJOR (choose one (1) only)
    FILM 150 Script Writing OR
    FILM 261 Single Camera Production OR
    FILM 271 Video and Film Editing
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 77 Total Guided Elective Credits  3

    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:

    Graduation Requirements: Bachelor’s degree – Journalism

    To be awarded the BA degree in Journalism, students must successfully complete 121 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 77 credits
    Core curriculum courses 32 credits
    Support courses 9 credits
    Guided elective 3 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 121 credits

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