Master of Arts in Television and Digital Journalism
The master’s program in television and digital journalism is a 33-credit-hour intensive curriculum that provides comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practices of television journalism and digital media, in addition to the specialized skills needed to hit the ground running in television and multimedia news.
In this program, you receive hands-on education on the dexterity needed to produce both field reports and in-studio programs, using both practical training and selected academic classes for a well-balanced theory-practice formula. Courses are taught by established academics and distinguished experts in the fields of television and digital journalism.
The bilingual nature of the program ensures that students are equipped with the full range of skills needed in the rapidly growing field of television and multimedia journalism in the Arab world and globally. Students have unlimited access to the center's state-of-the-art digital facilities on campus, receiving ample exposure to real-life news and production environments.
With the world entering an information society and knowledge age, many of our graduates see that joining the program has helped them transform data from different fields of knowledge to audio-visual information packages available to the public on various media platforms.
Graduates of this program hold jobs as journalists, editors, anchors, program presenters, broadcasters, producers, web designers, reporters and commentators, and graphic designers. They work in the fields of digital journalism, social media, media outlets, and online newspapers.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed to assume roles as executive producers.
- Develop television editorial and journalistic skills in English and Arabic scriptwriting, conducting interviews, hosting talk shows, and studio anchoring and field reporting.
- Improve television presentation skills through voice coaching, including articulation, enunciation, breathing, and posture.
- Develop television technical and journalistic skills in the field and studio digital camera production and digital video editing.
- Knowledge of and exposure to real-world television news broadcasting, including learning how to produce a weekly TV news program.
- Enable graduates to be in demand for employment in the television industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I enroll in the MA in television and digital journalism (TVDJ) if I don’t have prior journalism experience or education?
Yes, the MA in television and digital journalism can work for students or professionals seeking a career shift into the field. Based on your application and credentials, undergraduate prerequisite courses may be assigned to you to complete with a minimum grade of "B" prior to beginning your graduate studies.
The typical duration of the MA is one and a half years (three semesters in addition to an intervening summer). This is for full-time students who abide by the typical study plan. If you are a part-time student, completing your MA requirements will take longer, up to three years (six semesters).
- How much will the MA program cost me? Do I pay in total or by course? Is there an instalments option?
Fees for the TVDJ MA, like all academic degrees in AUC, are calculated by the number of credit hours for each course. The MA program comprises of 11 graduate courses, each for three credit hours (33 credit hours in total). The online fee chart is updated every academic year to reflect study fees per credit hour. Paying over instalments is an option
Yes, you can pursue this degree with full-time employment. Since the intensive and practical nature of the program requires shooting, editing, conducting interviews, and producing news stories throughout the week, strong time management skills and commitment are essential.
Fellowships are available for qualified applicants and continuing students. It is a competitive process, so the higher your academic standing, the better. Fellowships are renewable per semester. Visit the fellowship's website to learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply.
While the main language of instruction in AUC is English language, the TVDJ MA program offers an Arabic component in its courses to complement the Egyptian and Arab job markets. Non-Arabic speaking students may substitute all-Arabic courses in consultation with their adviser.
This program encourages a multi-disciplinary approach to journalism, and therefore provides two 500-level (graduate) elective courses that can be taken from other departments within the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy or other schools in AUC.
The current multiplicity of channels and boost in the field of television and digital journalism affect the market supply and demand creating more opportunities for our skilled graduates. This is in addition to the hiring done through the internship/practicum program with international news agencies, television networks and media outlets. Finally, Kamal Adham Center has, over the years, developed a powerful network of individuals who became decision makers in the industry and through them hiring and providing internship opportunities to our graduates has been successful.
The percentage is variable but settles around 65 percent within one year of graduation.
Upon graduation, you can start a career as: program presenter, TV anchor; television producer, editor; camera operator in film, television or Internet industries; broadcaster in cultural and/or entertainment media outlets; news reporter/correspondent covering events on the local, national or global levels; sports anchor/commentator/reporter; cyber-journalist for online newspapers, web magazines and social media outlets; video editor, graphic designer, post-production or visual content creator. This is in addition to work in divisions of public relations or marketing in public or private sectors.
The television and digital journalism MA does not have a thesis. It is considered a practical terminal degree, in which students produce a capstone project during their final semester in lieu of a thesis.
Yes, you are welcome to visit the center and tour our facilities. Please contact us to reserve a spot for you in the orientation sessions held before the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. You attend an information session about the program, tour the center studios and facilities, and get introduced to the director and faculty members.