The media and entertainment industry has started to immensely grow in recent times, however, companies across the industry are struggling to find individuals with accurate skillet and creativity. Recently in India,the number of Media and Communication Schools isgrowing yet there remains a dearth of professional media and communication schools that produce quality media professionals. Although India holds definite socio-economic advantages among the developing nations, the non-availability of skilled labor is a reality that needs to be addressed. Manipal Institute of Communication works towards filling up that gap in the education sector.
Since its establishment in 1997, the Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) has been producing industry-ready media professionals and has emerged as one of the premier communication media, communication, and journalism institutes in the country.
Unique Curriculum for the Professionals of Tomorrow
Manipal Institute of communication is one of the very few institutes in India that offers a full-fledged graduate and postgraduate programs. The students at MIC are benefited with advanced infrastructure, unique holistic curriculum, modern library, knowledgeable and experienced faculty, international exchange programs, co-curricular activities and a learning environment that encourages them to scale new heights in their areas of interest. Media Industry tools are constantly upgraded may it be digital advancements or media equipment. To ensure that the students are trained to be ready professionals, MIC is equipped with state of the art audio, video and computer labs which are up to date with the industry standards.
As for the curriculum, all the students receive theoretical and practical training in writing and reporting skills. Students are also introduced to the ethical and legal issues involved in media and communication work to develop the understanding of responsibilities as a professional. Students also get the chance to work on the field at an in-house publication and are constantly involved in AV projects. This is where each one gains hands-on training in reporting, writing, editing and page designing skills and receives training in various kinds of computer and software tools. Thus, preparing students to no just be a professional but a modern professional.
Programs Meeting the Media Requirements
The courses offered by the Manipal Institute of Communication are perfectly designed to meet the requirements of the rapidly changing media industry. These programs cover education in print, radio, television, new media, film studies, public relations, advertising, corporate communication, along with other related subjects. At present the institute offers,
- BA (Media and Communication)
The 3-year degree program aims to offer a universal understanding of Media and Entertainment industry’s activities and equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to become an expert media professional ready to take on the challenges of the industry.
- MA (Media and communication)
The two-year postgraduate degree program exposes students to theoretical, aesthetic, critical and technological processes involved in various stages of media production.
- MA (Film Art and Film Making) [in collaboration with EICAR, France]
It is aimed at individuals who possess a deep interest in films and are keen on learning the finer nuances of the profession. As a specialized course, this program will train students in the complete film making process including screenwriting, cinematography, directing, editing as well as help them develop an understanding of the social, cultural, economic perspectives of the medium.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Communication (PGDCC)
A one-year specialized, intensive program that empowers students with the right tools and understanding of professional communication practices in the corporate world.
- Sc. Animation
The three year Degree in Animation has been designed as a comprehensive training Programme where components of traditional skills, digital applications, Hands-on Workshop Learning, Holistic Personality Enhancement, and support skills, run on harmonized learning paths leading to a ‘Parallel Track Advancement’.
- Certificate Course in Animation (CCA)
This course is pointed at beginners, to give a surface-level working knowledge— Learn by DOING. It’s a fusion of less theory and more practice, as they are valuable in improving outcomes.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Communication
A one year course divided into two semesters, which is designed to train the students in the area of study that seeks to understand the relationship between communication processes and sport contexts.
A Researcher and Educator with Extensive Teaching and Research Experience
In December 2017, Dr. Padma Rani became the Director of Manipal University of Communication. She has been a part of the MIC faculty for years. She joined MIC in 2010 as a reader and has held various positions at MIC since then. Despite starting her professional journey late, she has been involved in teaching and been a mentor for the young minds. “I have always loved to be involved in teaching and motivating young people,” quotes Dr. Padma.
Dr. Padma is a sociologist, media researcher and educator with extensive teaching and research experience. Due to this experience, Dr. Padma advises the upcoming millennial professionals to develop a good attitude and interpersonal skills. Also, she adds that the industry always has a vacancy for smart and creative thinkers.
Currently, serving as the Director of Manipal Institute of Communication, Dr. Padma is fulfilling the goal of the institute i.e. to provide holistic education with professionalism and social sensitivity.
Plethora of Opportunities
Media and Communication have witnessed to be one of the fastest-growing industries with explosive growth in the last two decades. Doubting a career in the media industry is now a thing of the past. The field is so diverse that the students can choose from a variety of career options in the Media and Communication Industry. The media industry is a creative field with a plethora of opportunities. With creativity and expertise, one can land a well-paid job and quick recognition in the industry.
These experts are carved through various courses offered by the Media and Communication institutes. At MIC are both the theoretical and practical experience of these courses is unmatched owing to its breadth of expertise across the industry.
Opportunity from national to international media organizations
Being part of the MIC prepares the students to work for national and international media organizations. The students get to work on live projects from the industry and also get paid under the ‘Earn while you learn’ program. Besides, the alumni of MIC have also established their presence globally due to various partner international universities. These international collaborations coordinate student exchanges with partner universities on a credit transfer basis. There are also faculty exchange programs and research collaboration activities.
Apart from this, the institute also has a well-organized placement team, comprising of faculty and student coordinators from each department. The team is relentlessly striving to reach a step closer to the ultimate goal of 100 percent placements for its students.As for the last year, the institute was visited by some prominent recruiters in the industry— Thomas Reuters, Viacom 18, Zee TV, Ad factors, Vedanta, CNBC TV 18, Uber, MSL, Trescon, Radio Mirchi, TAFE, Genesis Burson- Marsteller, iPac, Social panga, Social Beat, TAFE among the others. “This year we are looking forward to a substantial increase in the number of recruiters visiting the campus,” said Dr. Padma.
Perfect Blend of Academic and Industry Exposure
Over the years, MIC has been successful in producing award-winning directors and actors, national creative directors, head of corporate communications and more. The biggest strength that the institute has is the faculty members who are very approachable and the millennial students can connect with them effortlessly. The teaching method is the perfect blend of academic and industry exposure.
The alumni at Manipal Institute of Communication feel that they acquire a universal understanding of Media and Entertainment industry’s activities and the course at MIC equips them with the necessary theoretical/ practical knowledge and skills required to become an expert media professional ready to take on the challenges of the industry.Witnessing excellent feedback from both our regular and new recruiters is a testimony to the quality of media and communication professionals created each year at MIC and their commendable achievements.
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