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  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Television and Digital Journalism (M.A.)


Master’s Degree in Television & Digital Journalism


The Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism is designed to prepare graduate students for careers in television broadcasting and news reporting in the digital age. Through its master’s program, the Center offers graduates the opportunity to become reporters, producers, television anchors, hosts and media professionals at the top television and satellite channels locally and internationally.

The 33-credit hour curriculum provides comprehensive knowledge of the literature and practice of television journalism and news media. It is a practical program that provides intensive and hands-on exposure to the skills needed for producing both field reports and in-studio shows. The program courses focus on editorial and technical skills, such as scriptwriting in English and Arabic, camera use, editing and studio operations, as well as courses on interviewing, talk show hosting and voice coaching. Students learn to use the latest HD and 3D cameras and digital equipment that is comparable to facilities found in major news organizations around the world.

Admission

Applicants are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent of gayyid giddan (very good) in an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with relevant work experience, but with a GPA slightly lower than 3.0 may still be considered for admission by the Center’s graduate committee.

In addition to general language requirements established by AUC, the applicant must demonstrate a proficiency in English at an advanced level. All applicants will be personally interviewed by the director of the program in order to assess their level of communication and spoken language skills. Some applicants will be asked to complete, with a minimum grade of B, one to three undergraduate courses in broadcast writing and production as prerequisites.

Applicants must submit official transcripts of all university degrees, an updated curriculum vitae, two recommendation letters from relevant, credible sources and a personal statement of purpose. Applicants with media experience must submit samples of their work.
Since the Television and Digital Journalism Master’s is a practical and hands-on program, requiring daily assignments outside of normal scheduled classes, students are expected to be available to take classes and complete assignments during the day and evening hours. Students are advised not to hold full-time employment that might conflict with fulfilling the program’s requirements.

Admission checklist:

  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Samples of published/broadcast work if applicable
  • Director interview
     

 

Electives


All students must also take two (2) 500-level courses offered either by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication or departments and/or Centers of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. All electives must be approved by the advisor to ensure relevance to the program.

Thesis and Comprehensive Exams


The Master’s degree in Television and Digital Journalism is a professional degree. In lieu of comprehensive exams and a thesis, students are required to complete a capstone project. Those students who desire a thesis degree in preparation for eventual PhD study at an Egyptian university must, in addition to the requirements above, take 

 ,  ,   and    , sit for comprehensives and enroll for a thesis.