Mass Communication After 10th

Do you want to pursue Mass Communication course after completing 10th standard? If yes, this article will be of help to you. More importantly, this article will guide you! In this article, I’ve pointed out options available in front of mass communication enthusiasts who have completed class 10 schooling. I’ve also provided list of mass communication courses available in India and vital details about them (duration, eligibility criteria and admission process). In the end, I’ve also covered career prospects and salary details! In short, this article covers everything, A-Z, that you need to know about mass communication education in India!

 

Mass Communication after 10th

 

Before heading to the meat of the matter, let us know more about the field of mass communication. Let us check out what this field is all about.

 

Introduction

In simple terms, mass communication is a form of public communication. It is the process of dissemination or spreading of information by people or entities to a large audience. Information is spread to large audience through mass media.

 

Mediums like newspapers, magazines, TV, Radio, books and internet are used by entities and people to disseminate information, news, advertisements and messages. These mediums thus act as mass media. The entire process of message dissemination through these mediums are examples of mass communication in action.

 

The study of mass communication chiefly deals with ‘how’ the information is relayed. The study also covers the effects of mass communication on the recipients (wide audience). Ultimately, this field of study comes under the umbrella of communication studies. Advertising, PR (Public Relations), Journalism, Films, Documentaries and Broadcasting (TV & Radio) are significant parts of mass communication.

 

Let us check out the course details now.

 

Courses

Most of the professional mass communication courses can only be pursued after completing 12th standard. 10+2 passed (from any stream- Arts, Commerce or Science) is the minimum educational qualification required to pursue standard mass communication courses.

 

Some institutes are known to offer Diploma and certificate courses to 10th passed students though. The quality and validity of such Diploma courses are questionable. Ultimately, such courses are not very useful, when it comes to finding a job using them!

 

In short, it is better to complete 11th and 12th standards and then pursue a good (and recognized) mass communication course.

 

In India, there are 2 main formats in which mass communication courses are available. They are –

  • Bachelor’s Degree courses
  • Diploma courses

 

Degree courses and Diploma courses are the good ones. But for pursuing them, you must complete 10+2 first.

 

As mentioned before, some institutes do allow 10th passed students to pursue Diploma and certificate courses. But the quality of such courses is not too good. And the credibility and validity of such courses and institutes offering them are questionable too!

 

It is very important to have a good foundation. That is why I recommend my readers to undergo 10+1 and 10+2 classes. After that, you may study good Degree or Diploma mass communication courses.

 

Here are some of the well known courses –

 

1 Bachelor’s Degree courses

  • BA Mass Communication
  • BA in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • BA in Media Studies
  • BBA in Mass Communication and Journalism
  • BA in Media and Communication
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Media Science
  • Bachelor of Mass Media
  • Bachelor of Mass Media and Journalism
  • B.Sc. Journalism and Mass Communication
  • B.Sc. Mass Communication
  • B.Sc. Mass Communication, PR and Advertising
  • B.Sc. Visual Communication
  • B.Sc. Mass Communication and Videography

 

BA (Bachelor of Arts), B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) and other Bachelor’s Degree courses related to mass communication are 3 years long.

 

Since journalism, PR, advertising and broadcasting are integral parts of mass communication, there are many combination courses available, such as- mass communication + journalism, mass communication + PR, mass communication + advertising etc.

 

Eligibility criteria: In cases of most of the courses mentioned above, 10+2 passed (any stream) from a recognized board is the minimum educational qualification required.

 

Admission process: Reputed institutes follow merit based admission process. Merit marks scored by students in relevant entrance test (national, state-wise or institute-wise tests) and board examination are taken into consideration. Seats are allotted to deserving candidates on the basis of merit marks obtained by them.

 

PG courses: After completing Bachelor’s Degree course, graduates may go for relevant Master’s courses (like M.Sc., MA, PG Diploma or PG Certificate courses etc). Higher education will help you specialize in disciplines such as –

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting (TV, Radio etc)
  • PR
  • Media Management
  • Journalism

2 Diploma courses

Here are some of the popular Diploma courses –

  • Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Diploma in Mass Communication, Journalism and Advertising
  • Diploma in Mass Communication and PR

 

Diploma courses could last anywhere between 1-2 years.

 

Eligibility criteria: In cases of most of the courses mentioned above, 10+2 passed (any stream) from a recognized board is the minimum educational qualification required.

 

Admission process: Reputed institutes follow merit based admission process. Merit marks scored by students in relevant entrance test and board examination are taken into consideration. Seats are allotted to deserving candidates on the basis of merit marks obtained by them.

 

Further studies: After completing a recognized and accepted Diploma course, candidates may pursue relevant Bachelor’s Degree course next.

 

After completing Bachelor’s Degree course, graduates may go for relevant Master’s courses (like M.Sc., MA, PG Diploma or PG Certificate courses etc). Higher education will help you specialize in disciplines such as –

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting (TV, Radio etc)
  • PR
  • Media Management
  • Journalism

Career prospects and job opportunities

Print media, broadcast media, social media and new media are the main sectors where mass communication professionals may find work. Print media professionals usually work for newspapers, magazines and other forms of print media. Broadcast media professionals work for TV channels, TV production houses and radio stations. New media professionals usually focus on websites, online news portals, e-magazines etc. Apart from that, mass communication professionals may also find work in sectors like advertising, brand management, event management, PR etc.

 

Common recruiters include –

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines and publishing houses
  • New Media Journalism entities (websites, news portals, e-magazines etc)
  • TV Channels and production houses
  • Radio Stations
  • Film production houses
  • MNCs and Corporate Houses (PR, Brand management work etc)

 

Job profiles available in front of mass communication professionals are many! Which job profile one will get depends upon one’s educational qualification and/or specialization. Some of the well known job profiles are –

  • Editor (Chief, Associate, Sub editor etc)
  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Investigative Journalist
  • Photojournalist
  • News Reader
  • Anchor
  • Production Manager (TV, Radio shows etc)
  • Director
  • Transmission Professional (Viscom, Radio station etc)
  • Technician (Sound, Viscom, Transmission etc)
  • Photographer
  • Printing Professional

Salary

Starting salary depends upon factors like job location, profile of the employer, qualifications of the employee etc. Depending upon the above mentioned factors, starting salary could be anywhere between 12-25k Rupees per month (Average figure).

 

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