Master of Arts (MA) in Culture and Media Studies is a Postgraduate Degree program of arts in the field of cultural studies and media production. It is a course for the duration of two years which are divided into four semesters.
The basic eligibility for admission to the course is a Bachelor degree preferably in Arts stream. The average tuition fee for the course ranges from 10,000 INR to 20,000 INR for two years in government aided universities. For private universities, this number can go as high as 1 to 2 Lakh INR.
This course not only develops a critical analytic perspective among the students in viewing the culture of a country but also develops the practical skills necessary for media production like news writing, video production and photography.
During the two years of the course, students have to take vigorous skill development courses along with on-site training and practical classes. The theoretical classes of the course help in understanding the underlying hegemony and ideology in the creation of the culture around.
An MA in Culture and Media studies opens up job possibilities in a variety of fields ranging from Perfroming Arts companies to Media outlets. The initial salary can range from 15,000 INR to 25,000 INR.
The course deals with the critical development of the perspectives of the students in viewing the culture not as something which exists on its own, but as a construction of the socio-political and economic conditions of the nation-state.
The course covers various cultural theories by social scientists who have researched on the formation of a particular culture of a place. In addition to these, the course also deals with a critical study of media production which includes the critical analysis of the journalistic writings, news articles and visual media like TV shows and cinema.
It is a rather interesting course which helps a person understand the culture as the site of identity formation, media as a mode of transmission of ideologies and how they affect the psyche of the masses.
The course is ideal for any student who has a bent of mind towards analysing the audio-visual mode of media and the cultural practices like the folklore and folklife or the oral tradition and the heritage sites.
It is not only the study of the cultural practices and how they are shaped but also about the shaping of these cultural activities through individual and social interaction. Students who are interested in taking the hands-on training of photography, videography, news writing and video production should opt for this course.
The duration for the course is of two years and the two academic years are structurally designed into four semesters. The students are required to attend the theory classes along with the practical trainings and a few on-site trainings during the two years of the program.
After completion of the MA course in Culture and Media Studies, students can opt for a PhD degree in Culture and Media Studies which is availbale at universities such as Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer.
The course is a rather rare combination offered only by a few MA offering colleges across the country. The colleges which offer this course are:
Name of the College
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Central University of Jharkhand
Central University of Rajasthan
Utkal University of Culture
The admission to this course is through an entrance exam conducted by the institutes individually. The students are evaluated on their aptitude to be eligible to take admission in the course. Tata Institute of Social Sciences conducts their entrance exam called TISSNETor TISS National Entrance Test and other institutes conduct their own national level entrance exams.
The students are selected on the basis of their performance in the entrance exam. After the entrance exam the institute issues a list of shortlisted candidates for the group discussion or the pre-interview test. Once the students clear this level of admission process, they are called for a personal interview which is the final stage of the selection process.
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