Media and Journalism (BA)

The Faculty of Media joined the School of Advanced Social Studies on September 30, 2022. Since the annexation, the study programs of the Faculty of Media (undergraduate study program Media and Journalism, master’s study program Strategic Communication, master’s study program Media and Journalism, doctoral study program Strategic Communication and Management) are carried out by the School of Advanced Social Studies (SASS). The study programs of the (former) Faculty of Media and their implementation, as well as the rights and obligations arising from the status of a student, remain the same.

Higher education professional programme Media and Journalism – free of charge!

Degree (and type) of the programme: undergraduate study program

Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS

Mode of study: full-time, part-time

Place of studies: Ljubljana

Acquired professional title after graduation: Bachelor of Media Production

The basic goal of the higher professional program Media and Journalism is to acquaint students with the structure and dynamics of modern media systems, give them appropriate interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge to identify manifestations and consequences of these highly sophisticated systems, and enable them to acquire appropriate competencies for working in the media space and the necessary skills for media management.

In addition to general knowledge of the nature of media creation in a modern globalized society, students will also gain the necessary experience and competencies that will enable them to work professionally in internal and external media environments. This applies in particular to the ability to design and transmit media content based on the use of state-of-the-art technologies, which will enable them to occupy various functions in this complex process and / or engage in research work in the field.

THE FACULTY HAS OBTAINED A STATE CONCESSION FOR THE STUDY PROGRAM MEDIA AND JOURNALISM (BA), SO THE STUDY IS FREE OF CHARGE WITHIN THE ANNOUNCED REGULAR ENROLLMENT PLACES.

A candidate can enroll in REGULAR/free studies who:
– has not yet taken advantage of 2 regular/free enrollments at this level (if he was previously enrolled at another faculty at this level)
– has not completed this stage yet

Content

ENROLLMENT CONDITIONS

Enrolment in the 1st year

A person can enrol in the first year of undergraduate study programme Media and journalism (B.A.) if they:

  1. have passed the matura exam,
  2. have passed the vocational matura or final exam in a suitable secondary school programme,
  3. have completed any four-year secondary school programme before 01/06/1995.

If a decision on limited enrolment is adopted, the selection criteria applying to the candidates referred to in points A, B and C shall be as follows:

  • overall success at the final exam, vocational matura or general matura exam 60% of points,
  • overall success in 3rd and 4th year of secondary school 40% of points.

If enrolment in a higher year of studies is limited (according to the criteria for transfers between study programmes or in accordance with the procedures for accelerated advancement), candidates will be selected according to the average grade achieved.

Enrolment in the 2nd year

In accordance with the Criteria for Transferring between Study Programmes set by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 14/19; hereinafter referred to as: SQAA Criteria) and on the basis of the criteria for transfers between the study programmes adopted by the Senate of the faculty (hereinafter: the criteria of the faculty), the following persons may enrol directly in the 2nd year of the higher professional study programme Media and Journalism:

  • Graduates of short-cycle higher vocational programmes adopted after 1 January 1994, if they meet the conditions for enrolment in the higher education professional programme. The candidates must pass differential exams resulting from differences between the programmes. Those are laid down by the relevant body of the faculty and shall not exceed the amount of 24 credits.
  • The candidates who enrol (transfer) on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same cycle.

Enrolment in the 3rd year

In accordance with the criteria of the SQAA and the Faculty Criteria, the following persons may enrol directly in the 3rd year of the higher professional study programme Media and Journalism:

  • Graduates of short-cycle higher vocational programmes adopted before 1 January 1994, if they meet the conditions for enrolment in the higher education professional programme.
  • Graduates of study programmes leading to a professional degree for higher professional education adopted before 11 June, 2004, if they meet the conditions for enrolment in the higher education professional programme.
  • Graduates of (Bologna) 1st cycle professional and university programmes, if they meet the conditions for enrolment in the higher education professional programme.

Candidates from points a), b) and c) must pass differential exams in specific first and second year subjects in a total amount of maximum of 45 credits, prescribed by the competent faculty authority on the basis of established differences between the two programmes.

  • The candidates who enrol (transfer) on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same cycle.

Anyone who obtained equivalent qualifications abroad also meets the enrolment conditions.

Study programmes from the fields of journalism, social sciences, information and communication, arts and humanities, business and administrative sciences are considered as related programmes.

Differential exams in the undergraduate study program Media and Journalism are FREE!

ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Enrollment information and application deadlines for the academic year 2024/25 are published on the link.

For more information contact Students office:
Phone: +38659073461
E-mail: vpisi@fuds.si

You can also visit our staff in person at the address Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.

SASS has acquired a state concession for the Media and Journalism (BA) programme, therefore, the studies are FREE of charge within the scope of available enrolment places. 

If you do not meet requirements for full-time studies any longer (you have already used the option of up to two regular enrolments or you have changed the study programme), you have to enrol into the part-time programme, in which case the tuition amounts 3.099.00 EUR

Terms of payment: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments) with the following due dates: at the time of enrolment; at the latest on 30.11.; at the latest on 31.1.; at the latest on 31.3.; at the latest on 31.5. of the current academic year. In the case of payment of tuition fees in installments, an increased tuition fee is charged for each installment in the amount of the administrative cost of processing the installment payment, which amounts to EUR 30.00.

*PLEASE NOTICE: candidates who are non-EU citizens have to pay the full tuition fee by the time of enrolment (payment in instalment is not possible).

**Payment in installments is possible for citizens from Slovenia and other EU Member States and EEA members. Foreigners from non-EU and non-EEA countries must pay the whole tuition fee by the time of the enrollment. In case of payment of tuition fee in installments, the administrative costs of processing the installment payment in the amount of EUR 30.00 will be charged for each installment.

MODE OF STUDY

Media and journalism (BA) is implemented as a full-time and part-time study. In the part-time study, the organization and timing of lectures, seminars and exercises are adjusted accordingly. For the implementation of contact hours, the faculty also applies various modern forms of information and communication technology (online classroom, etc.).

A study year is implemented in one academic year, and it is divided into two semesters. During the semesters, students attend lectures, seminars and other organized activities. Exams are implemented during (three) examination periods – the winter, summer and autumn examination periods.

* In exceptional cases (medical emergencies, illness, etc.) we reserve the right to make minor changes.
**In case there are not enough first-time enrolled students at the part-time study location, as specified in the enrollment notice, the faculty may decide to conduct the study in the form of consultations or not to conduct the study.

Location of studies: Lectures and seminars are held in Ljubljana, at Leskoškova 9e and at Leskoškova 12. The study process is at least half organised in the afternoon hours, the other hours are organised in the mornings. Other contact hours are conducted through ICT resources – see the option of the Study+ package https://www.fuds.si/sl/study_plus/.  Exceptionally, if the scope of lectures and exercises is such that lectures or exercises cannot be placed during the week, these can exceptionally be held on Saturdays as well. The study process is organised in such a way that also employed students can follow the lectures.

Implementation of the study process for foreign students: consultations in English are organised for subjects in which at least 1 foreign student is enrolled. When enrolling, foreign students must mark on the enrollment form whether they want consultations in English, and in this case their participation in the consultations is also expected. For foreign students who purchase the above-standard Study+ service, recordings of the consultations will be available, as long as at least 1 student will participate in the consultations. In addition to consultations, some subjects require the presence of foreign students at certain other dates of lectures/exercises, of which foreign students are informed in advance in the timetable.

The schedule and materials are available via Web office (spletni referat) or online classroom after the candidate is registered.

STUDY+ PACKAGE

By purchasing the STUDY+ package, in addition to the friendly staff at the faculty who are always ready to support you in your studies, you will receive the following benefits or services that will be of great help to you: the possibility of direct participation in most lectures and tutorials via ICT resources (Zoom); the possibility of viewing recordings of most lectures and tutorials throughout the year; the possibility of taking exams via ICT tools (Zoom or Moodle online classroom). The package costs 399eur* (*per academic year) and is ordered and paid in a one-time amount upon enrollment or at any time during the year.

You can obtain the list of subjects that require obligatory physical presence despite purchasing the Study+ package on the following email address: urniki@fuds.si
 

CURRICULUM

The (new) curriculum includes changes to the study program adopted at the Senate session that took place on 4 January 2021. The new curriculum applies to all students. The previous curriculum is NO LONGER RUNNING. (PREVIOUS CURRICULUM)

Explanation of acronyms:
  • ECTS – European Credit Transfer System

KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT AND GRADING

Knowledge assessment is part of the study process of teaching and learning, and it takes place during the course of the study process (after the first semester) and after the completion of the individual courses of the study programme (after the second semester). At the same time, students are expected to  pass ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire regular and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and course-specific competences, and obtain information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each individual course and specified in its syllabus. They are adjusted to verify the achieved objectives at individual courses, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading vary because of different teaching methods, which ensure criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

The purpose of knowledge assessment is to:

  • Assess knowledge and skills of students,
  • Assess output produced in the course of the study work,
  • Offer quality feedback on the progress and achieved results, aiming to motivate students to acquire additional knowledge and skills,
  • Enable integration into continuing education, and
  • Obtain data for the evaluation of conducted pedagogical work.

Criteria for knowledge assessment is based on the objectives of the study programme and anticipated achievements of students, identified in individual syllabuses. Students are informed about elements of knowledge assessment and grading criteria in written form, as part of the curriculum, and at the start of each course (at the beginning of each semester). Moreover, the higher education lecturer informs students on the syllabus of the course, study obligations, shares of individual components of knowledge assessment that contribute to the final grade at the course, and relevant literature.

Anticipated methods of knowledge assessment and grading are:

  • Colloquiums,
  • Oral exams,
  • Written exams,
  • Seminar papers or essays,
  • Oral presentations,
  • Practical assignments or portfolio, journals,
  • Solving real problems (case studies),
  • Projects, peer reviews,
  • A written report on professional practice,
  • Diploma thesis.

PRACTICAL TRAINING

Practical training in the form of professional practice is one of the key components of a higher professional study program. Faculty of media will organize a working or professional practice.

Practical training plays an important role due to the useful orientation of the program. Due to the nature of work in the field of creating and placing media content, it is essential that the student gets in touch with practice in the media sphere relatively early in the course of study, ie in various organizations involved in media production, as this allows them to learn about problems. occurring in this activity, and thus also the use of knowledge acquired in the study program.

Professional practice is placed in the summer semester of the second year (fourth semester). Professional practice in the scope of 14 ECTS consists of professional training in partner organizations, in a real work environment, individual work and consultations aimed at professional reflection on the experience gained, which the student presents in the report on professional practice.

ADVANCING THROUGH THE PROGRAMME

To progress from the first to the second year, the student must acquire at least 45 ECTS from the first year.

To progress from the second into the third year, the student must meet all the requirements from the first year and acquire at least 45 ECTS from the second year.

The student cannot progress to the next year if he/she did not pass the differential exams.

Exceptionally, students can enrol in the next year, even if all the requirements set by the study programme for enrolment in the next year were not met , if he/she has justifiable reasons, such as maternity, paternity, prolonged illness, exceptional family and social circumstances, participation at top professional, cultural and sports events, or when the status is granted in accordance with the valid statute. The Dean decides on the enrolment from the previous paragraph on the basis of the proposal of the Committee for Study and Student Affairs.

Student status ends:

  • for a student who completes a first-cycle study program at the end of the academic year in which he/she completed his/her studies,
  • if the student does not complete the study in the first or second cycle study program within 12 months after the end of the last semester,
  • if he/she does not enroll in the next year or semester during his studies,
  • if he/she withdraws,
  • if it has been excluded.

Seniority (absolventski staž), or an additional year
Seniority (absolventski staž), or an additional year, is a term that applies to the time after the end of the last semester, when the student may retain his/her status, if he/she did not graduate. The student asserts this right by enrolling into additional year or the Seniority. The student may use this right only immediately after finishing the last semester, provided that:

  • He/she does not graduate at the study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester (unless the student repeated the year during the study or changed the study programme or module – then his/her status is ceased at the end of the last semester).

Student who achieves the required number of credit points (ETCS) necessary to progress to the next year in the period shorter than one academic year, is enabled to make faster progress. The related decision is adopted by the Committee for Study and Student Affairs upon candidate’s request. The decision determines the mode of faster progress. Faster progress allows students to register and pass the courses for the higher years. The courses can be also passed within another organized education. Based upon the request of the candidate, the Committee for Study and Student Affairs may also decide on early completion of the studies.

Recognition of study obligations
Student who has previously studied in another study programme of the same or higher level at a higher education institution in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad may, prior to the start of studies or during studies, apply for the recognition of exams which are equivalent (in content and scope) to those exams that he/she already passed. SASS many also recognize the knowledge that corresponds to the learning contents of the courses in the enrolled study programme, and has been acquired in different forms of education. Recognition of knowledge and skills acquired prior to the enrolment is decided by the course holder upon a written request of the student (completed form), attached certificates or other documents proving the successfully acquired knowledge as well as the content and scope of this knowledge and the student’s input. The exam may be recognized in full, in part or is not recognized. The commission for Study and Student affairs decides on the recognition of elective courses that are not implemented at the faculty.

ACQUIRED COMPETENCES

Students will acquire the following general competences in the study program Media and Journalism (BA):

  • knowledge and understanding of social processes
  • ability to solve concrete problems in the professional environment;
  • mastering techniques, methods and procedures that are relevant to successful professional work;
  • development of critical and self- critical judgement;
  • ability to flexibly apply knowledge in practice;
  • knowledge of the concept of quality and persistent efforts for the quality of professional work through autonomy, (self)criticality, (self)reflexivity and (self)evaluation in professional work;
  • development of communication skills in the domestic and international environment;
  • ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics in the social environment with conscientious respect for the principle of truthfulness, freedom; responsibility, openness, tolerance, pluralism, creativity, originality, balance, fairness, honesty;
  • ability to work in a team, ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships to work in a group and with users;
  • the ability to identify and take advantage of opportunities offered in the work and social environment (which are manifested as an entrepreneurial spirit and active citizenship);
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  • professionally substantiated knowledge and understanding of the social role of the media;
  • deeper understanding and appropriate practical mastery of media creation technologies;
  • knowledge and mastery of processes and techniques of creative creation of media content;
  • ability to solve concrete problems in the field of media and media production using appropriate methods, techniques and procedures;
  • the ability to integrate coherently mastered basic knowledge acquired in compulsory subjects and its application in practice;
  • ability to obtain, select, evaluate and place new information in the field of media and the ability to interpret it;
  • understanding the methods of critical analysis and development and their use in solving concrete problems at work in modern media;
  • development of skills in the application of knowledge in the field of media through the solution of theoretical, empirical or practical problems;
  • ability to use information and communication technology and systems in the field of media and media production;
  • education and development of the need for independent creation on the basis of acquired relevant professional knowledge and practical skills without which the operation of individuals and groups in modern media organizations is simply impossible;
  • education of appropriate individual values, virtues and good customs as well as group value systems, which are a necessary condition for the successful operation of modern media and media in the developed world;
  • organizational and leadership skills needed to plan, guide, promote, supervise, evaluate and reward independent, conscientious and professional work and / or the creation of individuals and groups within media organizations;
  • fruitful communication with various stakeholders in the field of media.

CONDITIONS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDIES

In order to finish the studies, student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the study programme in the range of 180 credits (ECTS).

The student who enrols into the second year of the Media and journalism (BA) programme after graduating from a post-secondary professional (višješolski strokovni) study programme adopted after 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the second and third year in the range of minimum 120 ECTS credits.

The student who enrols into the third year after graduating from a post-secondary programme adopted before 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the third year in the range of minimum 60 ECTS credits.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES

After completing their studies at the undergraduate programme Media and Journalism at the SASS, graduates have many employment opportunities both in Slovenia and abroad, as they acquire an appropriate combination of useful interdisciplinary skills and practical skills during studies, which offers them a competitive advantage in the labour market.

Potential employment opportunities can be found at any kind of media, both printed and electronic, new media, advertising agencies, public relations services, economy and non-economy, video production, publishing, research and development departments or centres in the economy and non-economy, companies for design and computer graphics, public administration, education, civil society, international institutions, etc.

This means:

  1. Workplaces that in our opinion present the best job opportunities are the jobs of journalists in newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, etc. Other places such as editors at desks and editorial offices of different media also present opportunities.
  2. Because the obtained education and the resulting competencies are particularly thorough, our graduates are able to solve demanding tasks in the media, namely take the role of research journalists and crisis reporters in printed and electronic media; in their further career development, they may reach the positions of editors and chief editors of the media, which are the posts each medium employs under the currently applicable Mass Media Act.
  3. Given that the graduates of the undergraduate programme meet the European standards and norms for professional pursuit of activities according to quantitative and qualitative criteria, the posts of media project coordinators responsible for the programme, content and organisational aspects of these projects can also be among the choices of our graduates. The jobs such as head of media production, media image administrator of the organisation, head of media presentation, video producer etc. can also be relevant.
  4. The conditions in the field of public relations show that the increased need for quality of communication with the public will lead to an increasing demand for highly educated profiles, such as the graduates from the SASS undergraduate higher education programme. In the public relations services in the economy and the non-economy, the holders of the posts of public relations representatives are mostly trained staff or staff who obtained education abroad. Therefore, we estimate that the graduates of the first higher education institution for the media in Slovenia will quickly gain the reputation as desirable personnel in these sensitive and demanding posts due to their acquired competences.
  5. Posts in marketing departments in companies and marketing agencies are very well suited to SASS graduates. Successful marketing is based on a broad knowledge of humanistic and social sciences about the buyer and the precision of techniques, skills and practices of persuasion and the art of content delivery with a view to effective marketing. All of this falls within the very core of the education within the proposed undergraduate higher education programme.
  6. Our graduates can work as associates in media matters in public and private sectors. In the future, such experts will be needed in a wide range of fields in companies, state administration and civil society.
  7. In design and computer graphics companies and publishing houses, our graduates may be offered employment opportunities because they are fully educated in the field of social sciences and humanities as well as in technical sciences. Since they have the ability of a deeper understanding of the needs of clients, the knowledge of computer technology and design, they will be well-sought after by these organisations because of their ability to meet the needs of the users of such services in the best possible way.
  8. Future SASS graduates will be able to continue their postgraduate studies and therefore academic careers at universities and centres that enable scientific and research work in the field of media, as well as professional work in various projects, both domestic and international, involving higher education and research organisations on the one hand, and the media on the other.