Mangaluru, October 19: Offering both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism, the Nitte Institute of Communication, established in 2012, is a constituent college of Nitte (reputed to be a university).
The only media school of its kind in Mangaluru, the program is a mixture of theory and practice, with an emphasis on practical work. For example, after learning the basics of reporting and writing, editing and design and computer graphics (Photoshop and Indesign) in the first year of the three-year bachelor’s program, the second year sees the students actually apply it and come out with a student journal every week. The teaching method applied here is that of role play where students take turns becoming editors, sub-editors, reporters and photographers. They have a deadline to meet and the 8-page diary is made available every Saturday.
The second year sees the students learn about radio but also photography. The subject introduces them to the history of radio, trains them to design radio bouquets and also offers field trips to AIR, FM stations and a community radio station, introducing students to national, private radio. and community. Photography and Visual Communication introduces them to the Grand Masters, the basic techniques of photography and encourages students to think visually. At the end of the semester, each student pulls out a photo book, which helps them understand visual storytelling.
After newspapers, the second year also sees the students release a magazine. This can vary from a news monthly to a general interest monthly. The end of the second year sees the students do an internship in a press house of their choice. This 30-day internship is compulsory and at the end of the semester, students face a viva voce where they are asked about the work submitted as interns.
The TV production, understanding the shots, scripting, lighting, sound and everything that goes into TV production, is done over the course of the past year. The students work in the studio of the Institute and release news files shot in the studio and reports, travelogues, short films according to the field of interest of the student. Basic media research, a very important field of activity in the media today, is also part of the final year studies.
Apart from this, in their final year, as part of their event management studies, students organize and run a two-day event, a chocolate festival in the city. Held in a popular shopping center, the event allows students to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the event – from getting the venue to making contact with resource people, meeting sponsors. and in the marketing of the event, the students are divided into teams and make sure that the event generates good footsteps.
In their final year, students also come out with a project which can be a documentary, a short film, a 360-degree advertising campaign, a set of well-researched articles on the subject of their choice, a series of photos, a relationship campaign. public, a radio package or an animated series. They work on their projects throughout their final semester.
NICO also offers Masters in three specializations – Print, Broadcast and Corporate Communication. With a limited intake of 15 per year, the first year of the PG course introduces students to various aspects of mass communication. This is done keeping in mind that the program is open to graduates in all disciplines. Students specialize in their second year which sees them working on a research project (Dissertation) of their choice. Students pursuing their graduate studies must also propose a project in the specialization of their choice, under the guidance of the faculty.
From a well-equipped studio with LED studio lights and a green screen, to the BM Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, to Zoom portable recorders, to the Canon DSLR with lens, to the Elinchrome studio lights, NICO has everything a student will need. in broadcast would need. In addition, a comprehensive library (2,500 books), an iMac design studio, a multimedia lab with Adobe licensed software, excellent sports facilities and access to a well-equipped gym.
Apart from all this, NICO also organizes the Nitte International Film Festival (NIFF) on behalf of Nitte (Reputed to be a university). NIFF is a four-day festival that presents the best of Indian and international cinema to audiences in Mangaluru. Offering free admission to the general public, NIFF welcomes a total of 60 filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, critics and technicians from various regions of the country. Masterclasses, round tables, interactive sessions punctuate this four-day festival.
NICO students are actively involved in the organization of NIFF and have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the best talent in the country.
Just over seven years old, the Nitte Institute of Communication is perhaps one of the few media schools in the country to offer students the variety it does. From inviting some of the best names in the country for conferences, hosting a fun annual inter-university media festival, to organizing workshops (photography, cartoons, radio programming) by the best in the field, there are quite a few things that the Institute offers to students year after year. Literary club, environmental club, film society, theater club, are also part of the Institute as in a study trip to Indian International Film Festival (IFFI), Goa, every year.
What future for NICO? New programs in film and photography are being planned. The Institute intends to expand both in terms of increasing the space to carry out all its activities and also in terms of extending the infrastructure. Also on the anvil is an annual press conference.
The future, as they say, is bright.
Nitte Institute of Communication
Kotekar-Beeri Road, Paneer Deralakatte
Mangaluru – 575018
+ 91-9901906474 / 0824 2203998
Email: [email protected]