B. A. (Hons.) Journalism & Media Studies

4 Years Program

Program Overview

The B.A. (Hons.) Journalism & Media Studies programme at IILM University takes an immersive four-year approach to equip students with a well-rounded education in journalism and media—with the very latest trends in technical and media skills. Embracing a liberal arts framework, it integrates social sciences to navigate the ever-evolving world of multimedia journalism in the 21st century. Emphasizing the role of media within the larger context of democracy, social welfare, and human rights, this programme offers a hands-on learning environment supported by experienced mentors.

At IILM, students dive into practical learning in cutting-edge studios, crafting professional-level content guided by seasoned faculty. The programme extends beyond conventional boundaries by providing internship opportunities in collaboration with top media platforms, fostering invaluable industry experience crucial for success.

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What Sets B.A. (Hons.) Journalism & Media Studies at IILM University Apart?

What sets the B.A. (Hons.) Journalism & Media Studies programme apart at IILM is its contemporary and scientific approach to journalism and media education. It lays emphasis on the very latest in media and content creation and delivery — students will master content creation across diverse media platforms.

The programme at IILM ensures inter-disciplinary experiential learning through field assignments, internships, and mentorship from acclaimed journalism practitioners and scholars. It cultivates a vibrant community of students eager to challenge norms while providing access to advanced studios for comprehensive training in radio, video, and television production using cutting-edge equipment.

Moreover, IILM collaborates closely with the Placement Cell to secure internships with leading Indian media platforms and international partners, enabling study abroad and semester exchange programmes. Graduates from this programme find diverse career paths in journalism, media production, advertising, public relations, and digital media, among other fields.

For eligibility, applicants must have completed the 10+2 level in humanities, science, or commerce with a minimum aggregate score of 50% from recognized boards. The admission process evaluates various aspects, including personal statements, academic performance, faculty interviews.

The curriculum spans foundational journalism courses and electives from both the IILM Department of Communication and other departments at IILM. It covers print, audio-visual, broadcast and convergence media, research, writing, and content creation in over three years, with mandatory internships and culminates in the fourth year with either a written thesis or a media product across genres.

The programme structure includes departmental electives offered by IILM’s Department of Communication faculty to enhance advanced journalistic skills and explore pertinent media issues. Additionally, cross-listed electives from diverse schools broaden students perspectives on topics like politics, globalisation, and social justice.

The BA (Hons.) in Journalism Media Studies programme at IILM’s Department of Communication is crafted to establish a solid foundation in journalism and related skills like photography, graphics and animation. It integrates core courses and optional subjects from various departments within IILM, providing a comprehensive learning experience. Mandatory internships during each semester break augment practical skills.

Semester 1

  • How the Media works
  • Graphics & Animation
  • Audio-visual media skills in the time of convergence

Semester 2

  • Photography
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Communication Theory

Semester 3

  • Media Ethics & Laws
  • Contemporary India: Media, Culture & Society
  • News Writing & Production
  • Media Lab – Part 1 – Print

Semester 4

  • Fake News & Key Challenges of Media
  • Mobile Journalism (MoJo)
  • Media Lab – Part II—Digital
  • Podcasts & Radio

Semester 5

  • Communication Theory
  • Responsible Journalism
  • Media Research
  • The age of the social influencer

Semester 6

  • Media Research II: Data Collection and Analysis
  • AI & Media
  • Media Criticism

Semester 7

  • Conflict & Disaster Reporting
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Long Form media production

Semester 8

  • Advanced Digital Media
  • Specialisation Electives: (eg: Media & Public Relations, Changing Media Habits, Reporting specializations, How to report on Elections)
  • Final Media Project or Thesis

IILM’s state-of-the-art studios provide hands-on training with high-end equipment for radio, video, graphics, and television production. This practical exposure equips students to excel both in studio setups and in on-ground reporting scenarios.

The programme encourages international exposure through study abroad opportunities, conferences, student exchanges, and collaborations with prestigious institutions globally. Students engage in workshops, conferences, and study programmes at renowned universities worldwide, that contribute to their holistic educational experience. Additionally, Department of Communication welcomes international students and fosters international collaborations and scholarly exchanges to enrich its academic environment.

Graduates from this programme possess versatile skill sets and are well-equipped for careers in news media, social media, academia, civil society, publishing, and more. The Placement Cell assists students in building portfolios, securing internships, and securing placements.

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