|Tuition Fees:||$18,947 /year|
|Applications Begin:||January 2021|
|Final Award:||Master of Arts in Television and Digital Journalism|
|Start Date:||September 2021|
|Academic Unit:||School of Global Affairs and Public Policy|
|Application Deadline:||March 2021|
The master’s program in television and digital journalism is a 33-credit-hour intensive curriculum that provides comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practices of television journalism and digital media, in addition to the specialized skills needed to hit the ground running in television and multimedia news.
In this program, you receive hands-on education on the dexterity needed to produce both field reports and in-studio programs, making use of both practical training and selected academic classes for a well-balanced theory-practice formula. Courses are taught by established academics and distinguished experts in the fields of television and digital journalism.
The bilingual nature of the program ensures that students are equipped with the full range of skills needed in the rapidly growing field of television and multimedia journalism in the Arab world and globally. Students have unlimited access to the center’s state-of-the-art digital facilities on campus, receiving ample exposure to real-life news and production environments.
With the world entering an information society and knowledge age, many of our graduates see that joining the program has helped them transform data from different fields of knowledge to audio-visual information packages available to the public on various media platforms.
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.
Why choose this program?
At the end of the program, you will have editorial and technical skills, such as:
– Television writing and producing (Arabic and English)
– Electronic news gathering
– Digital camera production
– Digital video editing
– Studio operation and direction
– Covering public affairs and other specialized topics and programming formats, such as documentaries, feature stories, profiles and hard news
– Conducting field and studio interviews, as well as live reporting
How long is the duration of my studies in television and digital journalism?
The typical duration of the MA is one and a half years (three semesters in addition to an intervening summer). This is for full-time students who abide by the typical study plan. If you are a part-time student, completing your MA requirements will take longer; up to three years (six semesters).
How much will the MA program cost me? Do I pay in total or by course? Is there an installments option?
Fees for the TVDJ MA, like all academic degrees in AUC, are calculated by the number of credit hours for each course. The MA program comprises of 11 graduate courses, each for three credit hours (33 credit hours in total). The online fee chart is updated every academic year to reflect study fees per credit hour. Paying over installments is an option.
Can I hold a full-time job when I am taking my graduate courses?
Yes, you can pursue this degree with full-time employment. Since the intensive and practical nature of the program requires shooting, editing, conducting interviews, and producing news stories throughout the week, strong time management skills and commitment are essential.
How can I be eligible for fellowships? Can they cover my entire study duration?
Fellowships are available for qualified applicants and continuing students. It is a competitive process, so the higher your academic standing, the better. Fellowships are renewable per semester. Visit the fellowships website to learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply.
What is the language of instruction?
While the main language of instruction in AUC is the English language, the TVDJ MA program offers an Arabic component in its courses to complement the Egyptian and Arab job market. Non-Arabic speaking students may substitute all-Arabic courses in consultation with their adviser.
Can I take courses from other departments as well?
This program encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to journalism, and therefore provides two 500-level (graduate) elective courses that can be taken from other departments within the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy or other schools in AUC.
Does the center help me find a job in the field upon graduation?
The current multiplicity of channels and boost in the field of television and digital journalism affect the market supply and demand creating more opportunities for our skilled graduates. This is in addition to the hiring done through the internship/practicum program with international news agencies, television networks and media outlets. Finally, the Adham Center has, over the years, developed a powerful network of individuals who became decision makers in the industry and through them hiring and providing internship opportunities to our graduates has been successful.
What is the percentage of employment in the broadcast/media field for graduates of this MA?
The percentage is variable but settles around 65 percent within one year of graduation.
Does the MA have a thesis?
The television and digital journalism MA does not have a thesis. It is considered a practical terminal degree, in which students produce a capstone project during their final semester in lieu of a thesis.
Can I visit the facility and talk to the professors before applying?
Yes, you are welcome to visit the center and tour our facilities. Please contact us to reserve a spot for you in the orientation sessions held before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. You attend an information session about the program, tour the center studios and facilities, and get introduced to the director and faculty members.
TV & Digital Journalism Master’s Courses
A minimum of 11 courses totaling 33 credit hours is required for the degree. All students must take the following:
– Practicum: TV or Special Video Assignment (3 cr.)
– TV Digital News Gathering and Script Writing (3 cr.)
– Arabic TV Script Writing (3 cr.)
– TV Presentation and Voice Coaching (3 cr.)
– Field and Studio Digital Camera Production (3 cr.)
– Digital Video Editing (3 cr.)
– TV Studio News Reporting (3 cr.)
– TV Digital Journalism Capstone (3 cr.)
– TV Interviewing and Talk Show Hosting (3 cr.)
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 JRMC 5200, JRMC 5202, JRMC 5204 and JRMC 5250 , sit for comprehensives and enroll for a thesis.
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.
– 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
How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates
1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester
3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.
About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.
Upon completion, graduates can start a career as:
– Program presenter
– TV anchor
– Television producer
– Camera operator in film
– Television or Internet industries
– Broadcaster in cultural and/or entertainment media outlets
– News reporter/correspondent covering events on the local, national or global levels
– Sports anchor/commentator/reporter
– Cyber-journalist for online newspapers
– Web magazines and social media outlets
– Video editor
– Graphic designer
– Post-production or visual content creator
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**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 301,156EGP ($19,107)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 382,314EGP ($24,255)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.