Μaster of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism

Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Program Description

Μaster of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism

Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Μaster of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism

Message from the Program Director

Since its establishment, in 1991, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki offers full-time, four-year long BA degree programs both in Journalism and in Mass Communications. The creation of an English language Master’s program in the areas of Journalism and Communications, the first of its kind among Greek public Universities, is based on the School’s 25 year-long success in promoting learning through theory-building, cutting edge technical skills and professional training, and reflects its steadfast commitment to innovation, excellence, interdisciplinary education and international outlook.What makes our Master’s program relevant is the consistent integration of the students' study, skills and projects to the real world. Innovation and thoughtfulness have always been the only route for students, but I can’t think of a more critical time than now, in our highly complex, risk ridden, globalized and networked societies, for all thinking to become more methodical, reflexive and innovative.

We look for students who are eager to take on more challenges, to learn more about themselves and about the world, to reach their full potential. Our faculty, all active scholars and researchers, are committed to helping students succeed in their pursuits. Together we work to make each student’s experience at Aristotle University a rich and fulfilling one that broadens his or hers intellectual and professional horizons.

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

With best wishes,

Gregory Paschalidis,

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies

Director of the Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism

The MA offers three pathways, each of which is designed to respond to a vital area of contemporary concern and application for researchers and professionals in the fields of communication and journalism.

Pathway 1

The pathway ‘Digital Media, Culture and Communication’ focuses on the new nexus between media, culture and society forged in the digital age. Specifically, it addresses the impact and implications of the digital transformation, with particular emphasis to the fields of media/cultural industries, connective media and civil society.

Learning Objectives

  • Critical understanding of the new media environment
  • Skills in digital content production
  • Effective use of digital platforms and tools in engaging audiences
  • Expertise in successfully transitioning an organization to digital

Course Structure

PATHWAY 1 : DIGITAL MEDIA, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION

Α Core Course

  • DIM 101 – New Media: Theories and Perspectives

Α + Β Electives

  • DIM 102 – Digital tools in new media
  • DIM 103 – Digital content production (text, image, sound & video)
  • DIM 104 – Television and Digital Cultures
  • DIM 105 – New Media and Civil Society
  • DIM 106 – Media Psychology
  • DIM 107 – Media Management and Marketing Communications
  • DIM 108 – Network Society: Theories & Practices
  • MCC 400 – Communications Research Methods

Please note that the list of electives may change slightly due to faculty sabbatical leaves or the arrival of new faculty members.

Pathway 2

The pathway ‘European Journalism’ focuses on the role of news media and journalism in the emergence of a European public sphere. Combining a cross-national comparative approach to European journalistic and news cultures with a hands on coverage of current European issues, the pathway explores the complexities and challenges regarding the reporting on Europe and the European Union.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciation of the variety of European journalistic cultures and the heterogeneity of the European media landscape
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by the emergence of a European journalism and a European public sphere
  • Awareness of the rise of ‘Europe’ as a distinctive issue area
  • Acquisition of key investigative, analytical and reporting skills regarding the covering of issues from a European, rather than national, point of view

Course Structure

PATHWAY 2 : EUROPEAN JOURNALISM

Α Core Course

  • EUJ 201 – Concepts and Aspects of European Journalism

Α + Β Electives

  • EUJ 202 – European Media Landscape and Policies
  • EUJ 203 – Structure of the European public sphere
  • EUJ 204 – European journalistic cultures
  • EUJ 205 – Web Journalism
  • EUJ 206 – Web Journalism Ethics
  • EUJ 207 – Explaining Ruritania: Balkans between History and Imagination
  • EUJ 208 – Travel Journalism
  • EUJ 209 – Data Journalism
  • MCC 400 – Communications Research Methods

Please note that the list of electives may change slightly due to faculty sabbatical leaves or the arrival of new faculty members.

Pathway 3

The pathway ‘Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism’ focuses on the ways media and public, private or nongovernmental organizations communicate about present, emerging, and evolving risks. Combining the methodical engagement with the rich theoretical and case study research literature with a hands on coverage of current crises and emergencies, the pathway explores the best practices in dealing with the issues of peace and war, environment, science and public health.

Learning Objectives

  • Awareness of the significance of risk communication in contemporary global society
  • Ability to match appropriate form of risk communication to type of risk
  • Appreciation of the challenges and parameters of independent reporting in the diverse field of risk/crisis journalism
  • Acquisition of key investigative, analytical and reporting skills regarding the covering of crises/risks/emergencies issues from an independent, scrupulous and socially responsible point of view

Course Structure

Pathway 3: RISK COMMUNICATION AND CRISIS JOURNALISM

Α Core Course

  • RIC 301 - Risk Communication

Α + Β Electives

  • RIC 302 – Peace Journalism
  • RIC 303 – Environmental Journalism
  • RIC 304 – Science Journalism
  • RIC 305 – Mass Communication and Public Health
  • RIC 306 – Communication Campaign Design and Analysis
  • RIC 307 – Reporting War & Crises
  • RIC 308 – Images of Emergency: The politics of Documentary
  • MCC 309 – Communications Research Methods

Please note that the list of electives may change slightly due to faculty sabbatical leaves or the arrival of new faculty members.

Entry Requirements

  1. The MA in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism accepts applicants from a variety of disciplines, namely Journalism, Communication, Advertising Marketing, Political, Social and Cultural Studies, Economics, Comparative, European and International Studies, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Archeology, History of Arts and Foreign Languages.

  2. Applicants must hold a degree from a Greek or a foreign university or advanced technological educational institute, at a 2.1 level or equivalent grade (eg. B, very good, etc). Alternatively, they must be due to take their final examinations in the forthcoming June, at the latest.

  3. Professional or research experience relevant to the pathway you have applied for, will be taken into consideration, particularly in the case of the pathways 2 & 3, that involve journalistic/ communication skills.

English Language Requirements

All teaching, course materials and coursework will be in English. Students whose native language is not English and/or whose principal language of university instruction was not English must provide evidence that they have sufficient command of both spoken and written English, which correspond at least to the level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) proficiency levels. Specifically, acceptable evidence includes:

  • an overall score of at least 7 in the British Council IELTS test, or
  • a score of at least 100 in the TOEFL iBT test, or 600 in the TOEFL PBT test, or
  • a score of at least 76 in the PTE Academic test, or
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) with an overall score of at least 180

Students who wish to enhance their competence in the English language, or are advised by their tutors to do so, may take any or both of the following English Language Courses, which are also attended by our Erasmus students and are especially designed to improve their reading, writing and oral skills, as well as develop an increased level of vocabulary appropriate to the fields of communication and journalism studies, and enhance their capabilities in composing coherent essays and news articles/stories:

  • IP 2300 Writing for the Print Media (Fall semester)
  • IP 1600 Writing for the Broadcast Media (Spring Semester)

In addition, all students are required to take the course on Dissertation Research and Writing Skills (MCC 401), which is designed to help them develop the research and writing skills necessary to produce high quality work in term-papers and their final dissertation.

Enrollment in the above, either optional or compulsory English Language Courses, does not carry any ECTS nor does it entail additional fees.

Tuition fees

For the academic year 2015/6 tuition fees are set at € 3.000. These are paid directly to the School’s bank account, in three equal installments (of € 1.000 each), at the beginning of each semester. Payment is due on the following dates:

  • Friday 9 October 2015
  • Friday 12 February 2016
  • Friday 10 June 2016

For students with exceptional financial needs, alternative payment plans may be arranged, after agreement with the Program’s Αdministration Officer. Please email Mrs. Maria Troullou (troullou@jour.auth.gr ) if you have any questions.

Scholarships and financial aid

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication awards up to a total of 6 scholarships annually (up to 2 for each pathway) to candidates who have already been given an unconditional offer and can provide evidence of genuine financial need. Candidates should apply for these scholarships until August 31, 2016, and, if selected, they are liable for reduced tuition fees i.e. € 1.000, payable in three equal installments on the aforementioned dates.

In addition, every academic year 3 scholarships are awarded to the students that have the top overall grades in each pathway, upon the completion of the 1st semester of their studies. These scholarships take the form of a fee-waiver for the remainder of their studies, i.e. are equivalent to the amount of € 2.000. In the event that the students awarded the scholarship have paid their tuition fees in advance, they receive a refund of the aforementioned amount. Applicants are strongly advised to seek information about the educational agreements that exist between their country of origin and Greece, since these typically include the award of grants for study in Greek Universities.

Another option for financial support for your Master Studies in our School is the Erasmus+ Master Loans which is being established in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (Part of the EIB Group) offered to higher education students from any Erasmus+ program countries. The loan is up to €12.000 for a one-year Master’s course in a destination country different from your country of residence, and from where you obtained your Bachelor’s degree. For detailed information about the procedure please visit the official Erasmus+ Master Loans page http://ec.europa.eu/education/opportunities/higher-education/masters-loans_en.htm

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  • English


Last updated March 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
Duration
Duration
12 months
Full time
Price
Price
3,000 EUR
Information
Deadline
Sept. 10, 2016
An extension will be given in case there are open places.
Start date Oct. 2016
Place
Greece Thessaloniki
Application deadline Sept. 10, 2016
An extension will be given in case there are open places.
End date Sept. 30, 2017
Duration 12 months
Price 3,000 EUR
€3000