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Bachelor of Arts (in Liberal Studies with concentration in Mass Communications) (Awarded by Oklahoma City University, USA)

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Media students clinch Best Film Award in national film competition, to represent Singapore in the 48 Hour Film Project's annual awards festival in Seattle, USA.

Their film "The Curse of the Pantianak" will go on to represent Singapore against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.

URL: http://www.48hourfilm.com/singapore-sg/horror

Students from MDIS School of Media & Communications

Testimonial

Miss Natalie Ng
MDIS Graduate 2016
Bachelor of Arts (in Liberal Studies with concentration in Mass Communications)
Oklahoma City University (USA)


“I was also given more opportunities because of the doors that opened from my education.”
During the course of study, she was exposed to different aspects of media, including journalism, broadcast,
radio, public relations and marketing.

To read more: http://www.mdis.edu.sg/news/mdis-in-the-news/2016/01/from-hopeless-to-hopeful

Extracted from The New Paoer Go Guide - Beyond O Level (11 Jan)

Objectives

A student entering a communications-oriented career must be broadly educated to understand the constantly changing society in which he or she functions professionally to interpret those changes for readers, viewers and clients. He or she must also have a high skill level in all forms of communication.

This programme combines a sound liberal arts curriculum with theoretical and practical courses in mass communications.

The programme has the following general objectives:

  • to provide educational opportunities in the fields of print media, radio and television, public relations and advertising
  • to allow students to build upon that theoretical foundation with practical experience in his or her field of study
  • to stimulate an awareness in each student of the rights and ethical responsibilities of those working in the media

The Bachelor of Arts degree programme was established in 1992 and it is the first and most established American Mass Communications programme in Singapore. The benefits of the programme are as follows :

  • One of Singapore's most established American Mass Communications programme with successful track record since 1992
  • American Mass Communications programme is innovative and considered to be the pioneer in this area
  • Consistently produced top quality professionals for the mass communications industry
  • Fully taught by senior level faculty from the university. These lecturers bring with them to the classroom a wealth of academic and professional experience
  • Real-time TV production at OCU campus studio (only programme that incorporates practical module)
  • Internships and industrial attachment opportunities are available through our Career Assistance Unit

 

Assessment Methods

Grade will be based on the quality of the students' performance in the following areas:

  • Pre and post assignments and projects
  • Class presentations / case studies
  • A final examination

The weightage for each area will be decided by the faculty and are usually made known to the students at first meeting if they are not stated in the course outline.

 

Graduation 

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded with the prestigious Bachelor of Arts (in Liberal Studies with concentration in Mass Communications) awarded directly by Oklahoma City University, USA. The degree will be the same as that awarded to the full-time students at the university main campus.

 

Video: The MDIS OCU Mass Communications Degree

Professor Karlie talks about why one should take up an OCU Mass Communications degree, how the on-campus residency contributes to the overall learning objectives, and the career opportunities awaiting graduates with an OCU degree.

 
 

 

Oklahoma City University, USA (SMC)

University Details 

Founded in 1904 as Epworth University under the sponsorship of two Methodist Episcopal Churches and in co-operation with the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City University (OCU) has become a highly regarded educational institution in the USA and internationally.

With a tradition for quality, personalised and value conscious education since 1904, OCU is highly committed to academic excellence. It has been dedicated to the objective of bringing together a well-qualified student body, excellent teaching facilities, outstanding competence and the most advanced ideas in both curriculum and teaching methods.

Nationally and Internationally, OCU is recognized as being on the cutting edge in preparing its students to participate in international business life.

The University acts as a validating body for the certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programmes in mass communications and marketing management offered by MDIS. The undergraduate programmes in mass communications are taught directly by the university.

Reviews of Oklahoma City University, USA :

  • OCU is ranked 23rd under the 'Regional Universities (West) Rankings' by the US News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings 2017. 
  • Accedited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • Listed by Forbes as Best Christian Colleges and 100 Best College Buys
  • Named by The National Review College Guide as one of the top 58 liberal arts schools in the US
  • Listed by Forbes as Best Christian Colleges and 100 Best College Buys
  • Consistently ranked as a top tier regional, master's level university by US News & World Report
  • Named one of the Best Colleges in the West by Princeton Review
  • Students in the Mass Communications department at OCU had won the following awards:
    • Corporate Video - 1st place award (for 7 times) in annual student competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association
    • Pegasus Award - 1st place in Corporate Video category
    • TV Scriptwriting - 1st place award (for 3 times) in annual student competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association
    • Placed in top 10 (for 8 times) in regional advertising American Advertising Federation student competition
    • Placed 1st in Best Overall Newspaper category in student competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association

 

Accreditation

Oklahoma City University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Bar Association, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Board of Education and the Oklahoma State Regents.

Regional accreditation by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognition criteria used by the United States government.

 

 

Advanced News Gathering and Writing

This course is designed to give students experience in the practicalities of in-depth enterprise news reporting and in the writing of complex stories.

The Television Programmes: Scripting

This course will explore the fundamental concepts of scripting various types of programmes for the television medium. Students will be introduced to all facets of the scripting process.

Behavioural Science

This course focuses on understanding psychology from a Western European view. This approach will include examination and discussion of the different perspectives of psychology, and how these perspectives differ in key assumptions about human behaviour and human nature. The focus will be on understanding what each perspective contributes to the understanding of behaviour and the treatment of mental disorders through research findings. We will also explore the similarities and differences between these Western perspectives and the view of human nature conditioned by cultures and philosophy of the East as experienced by the students.

Research Methodology

The objective is to survey a variety of data collection methods with special emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of each. We will emphasise critical thinking, the problems of uncertainty in decision making and to explore the sociology of science. The objective is to provide the middle manager/students with a sound background in the selection and interpretation of research methods useful in business context.

Seminar in Comparative Politics and Public Policies

The focus of the course is a comparison of the political systems and institutions of major countries or regions of the world. These countries includes the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Egypt, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria; some analysis of politics and policy in Southeast Asia will also be included.

Politics, Economics, America and The Future

The purpose of this course is to explore significant events and issues in the history of the United States. The course will enable participants to better interpret the United States, her policy and attitudes, and to participate intelligently in American policy discussions on relationships among the United States, other global powers, and emerging nations. Students will learn about global conflicts, economic supremacy and failures, the progress of social reforms and culture changes, and the varieties of American life. Through reading, lecture, and discussion, students will gain a better understanding of the United States and its impact around the world.

Advertising Campaign Planning and Management

The purpose of this course is to help students understand the changing marketplace and also to prepare them for the changes to come. In doing so, the students will learn the components of campaign and strategic planning; learn how consumers respond to advertising; learn how to develop and implement a research plan and develop creative strategies. Other topics that will be explored are fundamental media concepts and writing techniques for developing an advertising and promotions plan.

Public Relations Campaign Planning and Management

This course is designed to heighten the student's awareness of specific concerns and considerations that apply to the specialised areas of public relations practice, as well as prepare students to analyse, plan and implement appropriate public relations campaigns. This course will encourage students to explore and evaluate alternative methods and approaches in response to PR situations and provide simulated experience in specific areas of PR.

Arts and Our World

This course is an introduction into experiencing literature and the arts. It will consider aspects of the artistic process and creativity. It is not a history of the arts, nor is it a course that will make students expect critics or practitioners of the various art forms. It is a course that allows students to look more carefully at the world around them by requiring them to interact with and think critically about various visual arts such as painting, sculpture, music and composite art forms such as theatre and film. By participating in these activities they will be able to understand their own perceptions, responses and choices better in relation to their environment.

Values and Culture

This course is designed as an introduction to the Humanities discipline in Western culture, with particular emphasis on the areas of ethics, epistemology and aesthetics as they are developed and expressed in literature, philosophy and theology. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of essential elements of western worldview through the reflection of selected texts dealing with one or more of the three basic concepts: “The True”, “The Good” and “The Beautiful”. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their own attitudes towards knowledge, value and beauty on the influence of differing cultural context on the development of our worldviews.

Research and Writing in the Academic Community

Citing Sources: Purposes; Fundamentals; Credibility and diversity; Interviews; Selecting printed sources; Scrutinizing electronic sources; Integrating sources; Refinging citations.

Grammar: Internal consistency; Effective punctuation signals; Idioms; Clarity; Structure; Researched writing workshop; Concision.

 

On-Campus Residency

 

Management of Personal Lifestyles

This workshop is designed to explore and offer an overview on the various issues and topics, which affect one’s own personal health and wellness. The concepts of education on grooming a total person, stress management, time management, personal health and the effects of the environment on the individual will be addressed in this workshop.

Environmental Science

This course is designed to give students background in both ecology and environmental science. Students need to understand how natural systems work (this will encompass the study of general ecological theory), and they will be required to apply the principles to current environmental issues. An attempt will be made to integrate these two disciplines. The goal of this course is to increase awareness in such a way that future generations will be cognisant of potential environmental strains that can be placed on a system when certain political, social and economic decisions are made.

Television Programme Production 

Students will experience hands on training in the production of weekly television programmes. In addition, a student production project would be included. These will be produced at the OKCU-TV facility on the Oklahoma City University campus.

Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching modules

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial)

Click here to download profiles of lecturers.

 

 

Testimonial from Student (India)

 

 

Structure and Duration


Full-Time Programme (for International students only)

  • 18 months
  • 100% taught by the university senior faculty
  • Modular programme structure comprising of 14 modules
  • A minimum of 9 days of consecutive lessons per module
  • Includes a 3-week on-campus residency at the university which involves real time TV production at OCU campus studio (only programme that incorporates practical module)

 

 

Commencement Date

 

Class commencement for 2017 and Completion Date

 

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
18 Months Full-Time Programme Feb 2017 Jul 2018
  Aug 2017 Jan 2019
  Nov 2017 Apr 2019

 

 

 

Fees

 

: : Application Fee       S$321.00

: : Tuition Fees           S$27,606

* All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
* Non-tuition fees are not included.

 

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 18 and above and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS

OR

  • A Polytechnic Diploma in any discipline

OR

  • Other relevant diplomas may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis

All applications are subjected to final approval by Oklahoma City University, USA.

Other equivalent qualification may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Additional Criteria:

  • Possess a C6 credit in English (EL1) at GCE 'O' Level,

     or

  • Achieve a minimum of band 6.0 (with no sub-band less than 5.5) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); or

 

 

 

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for student passes if they wish to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for more information.

 

 

Structure and Duration


Full-Time and Part-Time Programme (for Local students only)

  • 18 months
  • 100% taught by the university senior faculty
  • Modular programme structure comprising of 14 modules
  • A minimum of 9 days of consecutive lessons per module
  • Includes a 3-week on-campus residency at the university which involves real time TV production at the OCU campus studio (the only programme that incorporates practical module)

 

 

Commencement Date

 

 

Class commencement for 2017 and Completion Date

 

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
18 Months Full-Time Programme Feb 2017 Jul 2018
  Aug 2017 Jan 2019
  Nov 2017 Apr 2019

 

Fees

Application Fee                 S$32.10

Full-Time Programme (18-Month)

  • Tuition Fees                S$26,910.50
  • Non-tuition Fees          S$673.67
  • Total Course Fees     S$27,584.17

 

Part-Time Programme (18-Month)

  • Tuition Fees               S$24,931.00
  • Non-tuition Fees         S$413.14
  • Total Course Fees    S$25,344.14

Note:

• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
• Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance and fee protection scheme.
• The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.

 

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 18 and above and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Advanced Diploma in Mass Communications awarded by MDIS

OR

  • A Polytechnic Diploma in any discipline                    

OR

  • Other relevant diplomas may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis

All applications are subjected to final approval by Oklahoma City University, USA. 

Other equivalent qualifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Additional Criteria:

  • Possess a C6 credit in English (EL1) at GCE 'O' Level,

    or

  • Achieve a minimum of band 6.0 (with no sub-band less than 5.5) in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); 

 

 

Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.

 

STUDY LOANS
 

Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700 www.tcc.org.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265 www.maybank2u.com.sg

 

0% CREDIT CARD INSTALMENT PLANS

For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Bank
Tel : 1800 747 7000 www.standardchartered.com.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666 www.posb.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265 www.maybank.com.sg
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121 www.uob.com.sg
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333 www.ocbc.com.sg
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg
Bank of China Tel : 1800 669 5566 www.bankofchina.com/sg

 

 

For Degree & Masters Programmes (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION
Duration of Course | Full-time & Part-time: 18 months
Award | DEGREE

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intake for 2017

For Full-Time Programme:
Feb, Aug, Nov

CONTACT DETAILS  

Local students:

+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International students:

+65 6278 8000

 

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