Media Sciences is alternatively referred to as Media Studies, Mass Communication or Communication Studies in different universities offering the subject. The courses might also vary from one to the other. However, a general list of disciplines incorporated under this subject is as follows:
Broadcast Media, Print Media, Electronic Media, Photography, Production, Journalism, Theatre, Film and Drama, Graphics and Animation, Advertising, Public Relations, Media Management.
There is a wide variety of options available to a Media Scientist as per the courses mentioned. A Media Scientist can work under either of the following broad domains, the choices being interchangeable.
In the electronic media, it depends on the type of work that one opts for. In a news room setup, it ranges from news reporting, writing and editing to news production and news anchoring. In a much lighter setup, one could aspire for film/drama/program production, script writing or acting. It also incorporates a separate graphic designing and animation section.
In a print media setup, one could again choose from being a news reporter, writer or a sub editor. Graphic designing also makes a part of print media.
It includes avenues from producing daily programmes and news to content writing and hosting programs.
The potentials of a graphic designer, an animator and a copywriter can be truly unleashed in ad agencies. A photographer can work in all the three realms vis-à-vis TV channels, newspaper organisations and for ad agencies.
Public Relations Firms or Media Consultants
A PR firm awaits you if you know the right words to influence people. It refers to a particular department of any organization which is in continuous contact with media organisations to help maintain a public image.
What is required?
• Ability to be critical
• Up-to-date with existing trends
• Good orating skills
• A rational and systematic thinker
• An excellent reader, listener and writer
Where to go?
There are a number of public and private universities that offer the subject under the title of Media Sciences, Mass Communication, Media Studies and Communication Studies/Sciences. These are:
SZABIST — Karachi, Larkana and Islamabad
IMS Institute of Media Sciences — Islamabad
IQRA University — Karachi
University of Karachi
Federal Urdu University, Karachi
University of Sindh, Jamshoro
University of Punjab
Lahore College for Women University
University of Balochistan
National University of Modern Languages — Islamabad (Mastersand PhD)
NUST Business School, Islamabad (Bachelors)
Allama Iqbal Open University (Masters)
University of Peshawar (Masters and PhD)
Gomal University, D I Khan (Masters and PhD)
Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan (Masters and PhD)
Kinnaird College for Women Lahore
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi
Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
University of Sargodha