Frequently Asked Questions | Department of Communication

Frequently Asked Questions

For any further information or specific query, students are supposed to get in touch with the UG Advisor of the Department.

Our minor in Communication is designed to introduce the students to the field of Media and Communication and to help them develop a better “understanding and analytical ability” towards Audio-Visual medium as well as to develop skill sets in order to be able to create and produce A/V program/material.

Students successfully completing a minor degree in communication will have a fair knowledge of the discipline which may inspire them to pursue further studies and a career in communication.

As our multi-disciplinary structure intends, a student doing a Minor in Communication alongside a Major in fields of Engineering, Science etc. will develop certain sensibility, aesthetics and overall richness of mind which is highly appreciated in today’s corporate world.

Students are supposed to apply for a minor degree in communication by filling in the Minor Registration Form rolled out by Dean’s office by the end of Spring Semester and before the Monsoon Semester begins.

A total of 18 credits are needed to get a minor degree in communication.

Number of courses is not a criterion for getting a minor degree in Communication. Students are supposed to earn a total of 18 credits by successful completion of various courses that are offered during different semesters.

Choice of courses purely depends upon the student’s area of interest provided the course is being offered and it is not or it doesn’t require a pre-requisite.

No, they are open as UWEs. But candidates pursuing minor in Communication are given preference provided they apply in time and do not have a Time Table Clash with other courses pursued during the same semester.

Enrollment in all Communication UG courses are done manually before the semester begins. Students registered for a Minor degree in Communication are supposed to send a mail to the UG advisor of the department informing him about the course/s they are willing to be enrolled in (provided the course is being offered during the forthcoming semester). Allotment of seats are done on the basis of seniority of the student (lesser the number of semesters one is left with, higher the chance of him/her getting the course) and requirement of credits to complete the Minor. Seats will not be allotted to students who do not fulfill the pre-requisites or those who have a Time Table clash, Course overload etc.

If a student wants to take a communication course as an UWE in the current semester, s/he is required to send a mail to the UG Advisor oce the current semester has ended, explaining clearly why s/he need or wants the course.

There is no compulsory course but the course COM199 Image and Sound Studio is a pre-requisite for both COM196 Basic Film and TV Production and COM197 Editing and Post-production.

NO. Once registered for Minor in Communication, the Department would assist the students in every possible way so that he/ she manages to complete the 18 credits that one needs to earn in order to get a Minor Degree in Communication.

But in case the student fails to complete the credits due to his or her failure in successful completion of individual courses/ failure to do the courses necessary to complete the Minor Degree in Communication due to Time Table clash, credit overload, unavailability of suitable courses etc., the department will not be held responsible.

Course code
Title
Credit
COM193
Sound Sense
4

This course will introduce you to sound, sound perspective and its aesthetics. The main task would be to listen and thoughtfully consider what you hear and explore what sound is and how we sense and perceive it. Throughout the course we will focus on how sound design conveys meaning and how sound functions with the visual in animation, video and film. We will explore how moving images can be used to strengthen and illustrate relationships and add dimension to sound (and the reverse!) We will also look at how sound is used in these formats to strengthen visual language, provide cues to what is occurring visually, create a sense of space (depth) and place (location), focus attention on objects and actions, provide for compositional structure or to create psychological (emotional) ambience.

 

COM195
Screen Writing Workshop
4

Objective — The workshop takes a hand-on approach to learning the elements of writing for the screen. A screenplay is to a film what an architect’s design is to a building. Any outstanding film starts with a great script. The student will be guided through the process of creating a full-fledged Screenplay. They will get an opportunity to collaborate with students in the Film & TV Production course and see their vision realized on screen. This course is of great value to anyone who may contemplate a career, even part-time, in writing for Feature Films and Television. This is an Optional Course.

Methodology — Combination of Lectures and Tutorials, ending with a fina Screenplay Submission.

Number of Seats — 20

COM196
Film and TV Production (Basic)
6

Objective —The aim of this course is primarily to impart knowledge and training required in Motion Picture Production. In the contemporary world, video has percolated into every industry as an important aspect of communications. Apart from the mainstream entertainment industry, every manufacturer, retailer or service provider produces a range of videos for Corporate, Training, Internet or Promotional use. A person with these production skills will be a valuable asset to any organization as well as have a much higher market-value. 

Methodology — Combination of Lectures, Tutorials, Film Screenings and Studio Exercises.

Number of Seats — 10

Note: COM199 is a pre-requisite for this course.

COM197
Editing and Post Production
6

This course orients the student towards an understanding of the processes that govern Film and Video Post-production with an emphasis on how shots are edited within scenes to create the cinematic experience. Film screenings, both short and long, will be analysed for editing techniques and followed by instructor-led discussions. These will be supplemented by Theoretical Lectures, Suggested Reading, Web Videos and other online resources to reinforce the learning of the various techniques used in cinema.

Methodology: Combination of lectures, presentations, film screenings and short exercises.

No. of Seats: 16

Note: COM199 is a pre-requisite for this course.

COM198
Cinema Between Two World Wars
4

Objective — This Optional course is a historical survey of cinema during a time when most of its grammar and syntax developed — a period in which a mechanical invention grew into the most enduring and pervasive art of modern times. In tracing the trends in World Cinema, the course will contextualize certain films that highlight the socio-political events that shaped that era.

Methodology — Combination of Lectures, Film Screenings and Tutorials.

Number of Seats — 30

COM199
Image and Sound Studio
4

Objective — This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic photographic and sound recording skills through hands-on training, short lectures and guided tutorial sessions. This is a Compulsory basic-level course which serves as a pre-requisite to COM-196 and 197.

Methodology — Combination of Lectures and Practical Studio Exercises.

Number of Seats — 30