- Fee:NPR 570,000
Introduced in 2006, the Bachelor in Media Studies (BMS) program is a comprehensive four-year course offered by the Department of Languages and Mass Communication. It encompasses a wide range of courses, allowing students the opportunity to specialize in various fields such as journalism, communication, media content production (including radio, television, and film), new media, media research, marketing, and entrepreneurship development.
The primary objective of the BMS program is to cultivate skilled professionals for media organizations, media support services, and related industries such as advertising, public relations, educational institutions, development agencies, IT, and other service sectors.
This program provides students with a strong foundation in theory, analytical skills, and the necessary preparation for further academic pursuits. BMS graduates are equipped with entrepreneurial and management skills essential for success in the media industry and allied sectors.
According to the university's tracer study of BMS graduates, the Department has achieved a 100% placement record thus far. Graduates have garnered recognition for their outstanding performances and accomplishments in mainstream news media, as well as diverse fields including film production, show business, international agencies, NGOs, and development agencies. Notably, a significant number of graduates have become successful young entrepreneurs, while many have been awarded scholarships for higher studies at prestigious universities abroad.
- To produce new breed of media professionals in the areas including journalism, multi-media production, public relations, filmmaking, communication and media management;
- To build students' skills and expertise in the field of social science research; particularly focusing on the cross- cutting areas of media and society;
- To provide platform for individuals to realize their potential in creative productions and eventually standout as an entrepreneur in the field of their interest;
- To prepare individuals for their further degrees in the field of media and communications with critical understanding of the media dimensions;
- To provide hands-on training as well as sound theoretical knowledge.
The BMS students study a wide range of subjects from core media disciplines to information and communication technologies (ICTs), social sciences, languages, and other interdisciplinary areas. The students work in classrooms, audio/visual and multimedia lab, computer lab, photography lab, seminar halls, and any other assigned fields. Students are also provided with opportunities of internship in mainstream media houses and other institutions pertinent to their field of specialization. In fact, they work in all the areas where a future media professional is expected to reach.
- Well-equipped Digital Media Lab and Media Studio for BMS students.
- Abundant opportunities in the job market; internship placement and job offer;
- Multiple study tours and field visits to supplement learning experience beyond classroom;
- Possibility of specialization in the areas of journalism, film making, public relations, communications and multi- media productions;
- High acceptance in post-graduate enrollment in the top universities abroad;
- Semester-long study opportunity in Europe as a part of Erasmus+ exchange program for students selected on a competitive basis.
The students are regarded as potential leaders who can contribute to the transformation of traditional society into a modern and information-rich society. As such, they are provided with opportunities to develop their individual talents and cultivate a strong commitment to professional and academic achievements in the media industry, media support services, development agencies, and other sectors.
To facilitate their growth, the classroom environment incorporates a variety of activities. Practical work plays a crucial role, requiring students to venture into the field and produce media content based on real-life contexts. Courses that demand theoretical rigor involve group discussions, student presentations, the use of audio-visual materials and references, in addition to the instructor's lectures.
The program also emphasizes the importance of computer proficiency for students to carry out their media projects effectively. The use of contemporary information and communication technology (ICT) is integral to the learning process, and students are expected to develop a solid foundation in research work and critical thinking by the time they complete their studies.
Who Is eligible to study Bachelor in Media Studies?
Applicants must have a 10+2 or equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized institution with a minimum aggregate of 45 percent or 2.0 CGPA.
Applicants who have passed Class XI and are waiting for Class XII results can also apply for provisional admission. However, they will have to produce proof of having passed the exam within 15 days of publication of the result for formal registration.
The total fee for Nepali students enrolled in Bachelor in Media Studies program for the academic year 2079/80 (2022 Batch) is NPR. 570,000.
The fee structure for international students seeking admission to Bachelor in Media Studies program at Kathmandu University (KU) is as follows:
- The fees for applicants from SAARC countries will be 1.5 times the amount specified for domestic students i.e., NPR.855,000
- On the other hand, international students from countries outside of SAARC will be required to pay double the fees stated for domestic students i.e., NPR. 1,140,000
Candidates who meet the requirements can apply for admission by paying Rs. 1000.00. (nonrefundable fee). The Department administers a written test to applicants and then invites them to an interview based on the results of the written test. For the successful candidates who have requested enrollment, a final result is provided.
Mass communication media have a prominent place in social, cultural, political, economic, and global aspects of contemporary human life especially for those countries which have entered or are entering the age of information society.
As such, a university degree in media studies will provide wide career opportunities. Moreover, as the traditional media of communication today are complemented by new technologies, a new generation of media professionals is required to work in this convergence.
Career prospects for Bachelor in Media Studies graduates:
- Filmmakers: Graduates can pursue careers in the film industry, working as directors, producers, or cinematographers, creating engaging visual stories for various platforms.
- Storytellers: Graduates can work as storytellers in different mediums such as film, television, digital media, or advertising, utilizing their creative skills to craft compelling narratives.
- Media Critics: Graduates can become media critics, analyzing and evaluating various forms of media, including films, television shows, books, and online content, providing valuable insights and opinions.
- Multimedia Journalists: Graduates can work as multimedia journalists, reporting news stories using various media formats such as text, images, audio, and video, for newspapers, websites, or broadcast platforms.
- Content Creators: Graduates can become content creators, producing engaging and relevant content for digital platforms, including social media, websites, blogs, podcasts, or online video channels.
- Media Entrepreneurs: Graduates can start their own media ventures, such as production companies, digital marketing agencies, or content creation studios, leveraging their knowledge and skills to create innovative and successful media projects.
- Development Workers: Graduates can work as development workers, using media and communication strategies to address social and development issues, working with NGOs, international organizations, or government agencies.
- Communication Officers: Graduates can become communication officers in various industries, managing internal and external communications, developing communication strategies, and ensuring effective messaging and branding.
- Public Relations Officers: Graduates can work as public relations officers, managing relationships between organizations and their target audiences, crafting press releases, organizing events, and maintaining a positive public image.
- Radio and Television Journalists: Graduates can work as radio or television journalists, reporting news and stories through broadcasting, conducting interviews, and delivering information to a wide audience.
- Media Strategists and Managers: Graduates can work as social media strategists and managers, developing and implementing social media strategies for organizations, creating engaging content, and managing online communities.
- Media and Communication Researchers: Graduates can pursue research careers, conducting studies and analysis in the field of media and communication, exploring topics such as media effects, audience behavior, or media industry trends.
Where Will the Students Work after completion of Bachelor in Media Studies?
In classrooms, audio/visual lab, computer lab, photography lab, seminar halls, and any other assigned fields. And, in fact, in all the areas where a future media professional is expected to reach- a radio/TV station, a publication house, and any “happening place”.
Study and Practice Area
- The BMS students study a wide range of subjects from core media disciplines to information communication technology, social sciences, languages, and other interdisciplinary areas.
- The students work in classrooms, audio/visual and multimedia lab, computer lab, photography lab, seminar halls, and any other assigned fields. All the reporting and editing responsibilities of Sanchar Khabar(newsletter) are handled by students themselves.
- Students are also provided with opportunities to have internships in mainstream media houses and other institutions pertinent to their field of specialization. In fact, they work in all the areas where a future media professional is expected to reach.
Over the four years duration, the students will study the following subjects semester-wise.
|First Semester 18 Credits|
|NEPL 151 Nepali I|
|ENGL 151 English I|
|MEDS 101 Introduction to Media Studies|
|MEDS 104 Basic Journalism I|
|MEDS 151 Foundation of Social Sciences I|
|MEDS 141 Introduction to Media Production|
|Second Semester 18 Credits|
|NEPL 151 Nepali II|
|ENGL 152 English II|
|NEPS 151 Nepal Studies|
|MEDS 105 Basic Journalism II|
|MEDS 152 Foundation of Social Sciences II|
|MEDS 142 Graphics and Animation|
|Third Semester 15 Credits|
|MEDS 201 Professional Communication|
|MEDS 202 Media, Culture and Society|
|MEDS 209 Research Methodology|
|MEDS 251 Communication Theories|
|MEDS 241 Audio Production|
|Fourth Semester 15 Credits|
|MEDS 206 Public Relations|
|MEDS 208 Advertising Principles and Practices|
|MEDS 212 Photojournalism|
|MEDS 252 Philosophical Approaches to Communication|
|MEDS 231 Introduction to CInema Studies|
|Fifth Semester 15 Credits|
|MEDS 311 Development Communication|
|MEDS 331 Documentary Flim Appreciation|
|MEDS 332 Social Media Management|
|MEDS 333 Gaming, Immersive Realities and AI|
|MEDS 341 Creative Writing|
|Sixth Semester 15 Credits|
|MEDS 316 Research Application in Media|
|MEDS 322 ICT for Development|
MEDS 334 Human Rights, Press Law and Media Environment
MEDS 335 Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Global Media
MEDS 336 Digital Broadcasting
|Seventh Semester 12 Credits|
|MEDS 410 Meida Ethics|
MEDS 414 Meida Entrepreneurship and Management
|MEDS 443 Advanced Journalism Practices|
|MEDS 444 Television Production|
|Eighth Semester 12 Credits|
|MEDS 441 Internship|
|MEDS 442 Research Report|
|MEDS 445 Film Production|