The programme is designed to be completed in one calendar year (12 months), over a fall, a spring and a summer semester of 13 weeks. Working professionals have the part-time study option which may take longer. The programme consists of core courses, specialisation requirements and electives. Students are required to attend lectures and seminars and engage in individual as well as group-based learning activities.
What role does digital media, particularly social media, play in the economy, politics and everyday life? How has social media changed the practice of journalism, public relations and advertising? The MA in Digital media and Communications addresses these and similar questions that have emerged out of the rise of social media and its increasing domination of the media and communication professions. This programme offers a critical analysis of the operation, functions, use, embeddedness and ramifications of social media in a globalised, networked society. It is aimed at people who wish to acquire a critical understanding of social media and learn how to analyse and mobilise them strategically. The programme places emphasis on an evidence-based, scientific examination of current and emerging digital media practices and trends and on helping students develop their ability to successfully utilise social media in the practice of journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising.
The objectives of the MA in Digital Media and Communications are to provide a critical understanding of current theories, key concepts and new research methods related to social media, investigate institutional, social and technical factors shaping social media practices, examine social media practices as utilised by a variety of actors, including journalists, businesses, politicians and public figures, and enable students to develop effective social media strategies in the practice of journalism, public relations, political lobbying, marketing and advertising.
Graduates of the programme can be employed as online programme directors, social media strategists or public relations officers, reporters and producers in the mass media such as newspapers and magazines, public relations and advertising agencies and state and private radio and TV channels. This programme will also prepare students to embark on careers in political communication, research and consultancy.
Access to Further Studies
Upon completion of the programme, students have direct access to further studies. Admission to the Ph.D. programme in Media and Communication offered by the department. This will offer a valuable gateway into a career in academia.