Aristotle University Thessaloniki

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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925 and is the largest comprehensive university in Greece. The main campus is located in the centre of the city of Thessaloniki, and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single-school faculty. Some educational and administrative facilities are located off campus for practical and operational reasons. A number of these facilities are located outside the city of Thessaloniki or even in other cities. The Aristotle University community includes about 75.000 students (65.000 undergraduate students and 9.000 postgraduate students and Phd candidates), 2.024 faculty members, more than 800 research and laboratory personnel and nearly 900 administrative staff.

School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (http://www.jour.auth.gr/en/) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1991 with the aim to provide students with theoretical and practical training in journalism, promote research in journalism and the mass communications, as well as uphold the rights and responsibilities of Greek journalists. It occupies a six-storey neoclassical building located at 46 Egnatias Street, in the center of Thessaloniki. The Secretariat is located on the first floor. The School’s media and informatics laboratories are located in another building, near the central campus. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers four-year BA Honours degrees (equivalent to 240 ECTS) in a) Journalism, and b) Mass Communications. Operating a fully-fledged and funded internship program, students of both specializations have the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in situ, during a semester long placement in a variety of media organizations (TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines, web media, advertising and public relations agencies), as well as in press/communication posts in the private and the public sector. The School’s postgraduate program was inaugurated in 2008, and currently it includes an MA in Journalism and New Media and an MA in Communication and Culture (both lasting 2 years and equivalent to 120 ECTS), as well as a doctoral program (3 years/180 ECTS). The School’s current student population includes almost 700 undergraduates, 64 postgraduates and 57 Phd candidates. In addition, every year the School receives an average of 15 Erasmus students while, at the same time, it trains scores of mid-career professionals through a wide range of specially designed Lifelong Learning Programs.

Thessaloniki Historically one of Europe’s oldest and most multiethnic cities, Thessaloniki has a population of around one million people, and, on account of its four universities and multitude of other higher education institutions, boasts a student-strong population of more than 150.000. Endowed with its thousands-year-old multicultural heritage, tied to its Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Sephardic Jew history, Thessaloniki is the centre of a bustling culture-creative movement that includes some of the country’s most acclaimed bands, visual artists and designers, as well as internationally acclaimed festivals like the winter International Film Festival and the spring Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Do I need to take the IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge etc exam for my application? You are required to submit an English Language exam result if either you your first language is not English your entire undergraduate degree was not taught in English For further details see English Language Requirements. Please note that you do not have to submit a language test with your application as the selectors will not take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to recommend an offer of admission. If you do receive an offer of admission, the appropriate language condition will be added. You must provide proof of your language proficiency before you are due to register for your program.

Do I need to send any other documents?

The Administration will ask you to send any exam results that were not included in the application form, as well as any other additional information that may be deemed necessary.

What do I need for my registration?

Once you have been accepted we will be in contact with you about the documents you need to submit upon your registration. These typically include certified copies of your degree and your English exam results a photocopy of the identity page of your passport two identity-card size color photographs

I do not come from a European Union country. Do I need a visa? All students who do not come from EU countries need to check with the Greek Embassy of their countries the regulations regarding student visas for Greece. They must apply for a student visa in their home country as early as possible, because the processing time for such visas can be quite long.

What should I do to prepare for the program?

Once you have been accepted we will be in contact with you about the program’s details and requirements. It is a good idea to do some prep work in advance of starting the program, i.e freshen up your English skills or special terminology knowledge by reading a book relevant to the pathway you’ve chosen (see eg. the Bibliography of your core course).

Can I visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communications?

Yes you can. Please contact the Program’s Administration Officer (see above) and arrange for a visit any time till the end of the summer examination period (30th of June), or after the start of the Fall examination period (1st of September).

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Μaster of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism

Campus Full time 12 months October 2017 Greece Thessaloniki

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. [+]

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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Address Thessaloniki 541 24, Greece
Phone +30 231 099 6000