PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

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.

 

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

JANUARY
Open

                                            COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

CODE COURSE TITLE CR. CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
COMM 120 Critical Reading and Writing Skills for Journalism and Communication Majors 4 ENGL 200 Comparative Literature 3
COMM 121 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 LANG 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
COMM 130 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 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour 3
COMM 365 Audience and Reception 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
FILM 290 Introduction to Video Production 3 SCIE 121 Foundations of Natural Sciences 3
JOUR 123 Fundamentals of Reporting 4 SCIE 201/ Contemporary Issues in Science OR 3
JOUR 131 Ethics in Journalism and Public Relations 3 ENVH 102/ World Issues in Public Health OR
JOUR 135 Photo Journalism 3 ENVS 121/ Environmental Issues and Sustainability
JOUR 275 Critical Analysis of the Media and TV coverage 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
JOUR 281 Broadcast News Writing 3 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
JOUR 299 Reporting for the Newspaper Workshop 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 30
JOUR 340 Mass Media in the Global Context 3 SUPPORT COURSES
JOUR 354 Feature Writing 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
JOUR 360 Copy Editing 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
JOUR 453 Business and Energy Reporting 3 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
JOUR 444 Media Internship 4 ECON 110 Introduction to General Economics 3
JOUR 460 Newspaper and Magazine Editing 3 COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills 3
JOUR 498 Investigative Reporting 3 GRDE 127 Digital Communications Design 3
LAWW 133 Law and the Community 3 Total Support Course Credits  18
LAWW 270 Laws Affecting Journalism/Public Relations 3 GUIDED ELECTIVE IN THE MAJOR
PUBR 221 Image, Etiquette and Protocol 2 FILM 150/ Script Writing OR
Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 70 FILM 261/ Single Camera Production OR
FILM 271 Video and Film Editing
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:  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

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 70 credits
               Total credits in the major area of study 70 credits
Core curriculum courses 30 credits
Support courses

Guided elective

 18 credits

3 credits

Total Credits Required for Graduation 121 credits

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