With an impeccable reputation of catering to higher education of thousands of students, Christ University in Bengaluru fares to be the most sought-after college in the state and third in the country for media and mass communications. Established in 1969 as Christ college, the now Christ (deemed to be university) has been thriving forward ever since under their motto of ‘excellence and service’. With a record of over 150 programmes including bachelors, masters and doctoral; the university houses an impressive crowd of around 20,000 students.
There are numerous colleges in the state like Mount Carmel College, St. Joseph’s Evening College and Kristu Jayanti; to name a few that offer media and journalism courses, but Christ University remains the best amongst them with their intensely diversified courses under the media department and an academic proficiency that excels on a national level. With community outreach and student exchange programmes along with numerous extra and co-curricular activities, the students receive great social and global exposure.
Courses Offered for Media at Christ
The media department of the university continues to be one of the most vibrant and happening streams in the college, due to it being amply supplemented with guest lectures, professional guidance seminars and academic fests. The bachelor programmes in media and mass communication spread over a span of three years are divided into four courses, three triple major and one honorary course:
Journalism, Psychology and English (JPE)
Supplemented with psychology and English, this course enriches your literary skills while offering a deeper and enhanced understanding of the human behaviour; which proves to be complementary to the third major that will induce media and journalistic professionalism in the students.
Communication and Media, English and Psychology (CEP)
This course offers similar specialisations as the former one, but with a due advantage of practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of communications, which will open various doors of opportunities for the graduates.
Media Studies, Economics and Political Science (MEP)
Specialisation in strong fields of economics and politics, this course strengthens the student’s foothold in journalism, research and career in analytics. In addition to this, there is also the exposure into audiovisual production, opening up the students to filmmaking.
Journalism Hons (JOUH)
This program combs every nook and corner of the field across various platforms, giving sufficient emphasis to hands-on experience as well as strengthening the basics with the provision of allied subjects. It allows the students to is to dive headlong into the subject with certainty and assurance.
Equipped with exceptionally qualified teachers, these programmes constitute the media department spread over two campuses. These tend to groom the students with the fundamentals of print and broadcast journalism, professional video and filmmaking and acquaint them with various mass media platforms.
This multidisciplinary university also houses a Media Lab, swamped with a sound booth, multi-purpose cameras and computers equipped with Photoshop, Premier-Pro and other video and sound-editing to cater to the dynamic needs of the students. These devices of the latest technology are available for the students’ learned usage and aimed at familiarising them with cinematography and pre and post-production media management. This also consists of a green screen and a teleprompter which gives a sound exposure into the world of broadcast journalism.
Academic Festivities at Christ University
The university is also famous for its annual media fests, which have routinely been distinguished by the presence of mammoth personalities. One of these is the Media Meet conference, which is a brainchild of the Media Department (Bachelors and Masters combined). The functioning under the banner of “academic industry networking’, the annual Media Meet conference consists of paper presentations by scholars, guest talks, documentary screenings by scholars and veterans of the Media industry. Director of Bahubali, S.S. Rajamouli, Gautam Menon, Arnab Goswami are few of the eminent personalities that have graced the dais.
Raabta – Inter College Fest
This is followed by Raabta, an annual inter-collegiate fest and a proud initiative of the Media wing in School of Business Studies and social Sciences at Bannerghatta Campus. Focusing on student interactions and a wide array of competitive events to enhance the personal and intra-personal skills; Raabta has hosted many distinguished speakers and film personalities, like Sabu Cyril, Rana Daggubati, Rana Ayyub, Faraz Arif Ansari to name a few.
Notable Alumi of Christ University
Krishna Byre Gowda, MLA and the youngest agricultural minister; Shruthi Hariharan, an actress in the sandalwood industry and Vineet Vincent, musician and performing artists are some of the alumnus of Christ who has made a name for themselves in the political and media fields.
Having established a stature of prestige and competence in the state and the nation as well, Christ University has produced some of the finest documentary and film makers, actors, journalists, radio jockeys and a wide array of working professionals across media platforms. Basking in the inter-disciplinarity of the campus, the University prides itself in having provided an environment for the holistic development of a student with great opportunities to hone your extra and co-curricular skills, owing to the diverse plethora of societies and clubs that you can be a part of. These not only complement your academic conquests but also add vigour to your resumes.
Thus, the university’s luxe academic and non-academic forums have garnered a respectable and noteworthy status, bound to catch eyeballs.