Media and Journalism (MA)
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.
Master’s programme Media and journalism (M.A.) – free of charge!
Degree (and type) of the programme: Postgraduate MA programme
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters), 120 ECTS
Mode of study: full-time, part-time
Place of studies: Ljubljana
Acquired professional title after graduation: Master of Media Production
The aim of the master’s program Media and Journalism is to acquaint students with the structure and dynamics of modern media systems, give them relevant interdisciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge to identify manifestations and consequences of these highly sophisticated systems, and enable them to acquire appropriate competencies to work in the media space. and the necessary media management skills.
The program covers areas such as sociology, journalism, philosophy, cultural studies, political science, economics and management, political science, communication science, European studies, informatics, computer science, technical sciences and the arts.
The first three semesters are dedicated to the implementation of courses, with each semester consisting of five courses, while the fourth semester is dedicated to the work of students on the preparation of a master’s thesis. The program is based on two pillars of subjects:
- compulsory courses, which represent the upgrade of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level and are the basis for study, research and practical engagement of postgraduate students;
- elective courses chosen by the student either among the courses taught within the program or among relevant courses taught within other social sciences and humanities programs of domestic or foreign higher education institutions and which sharpen his professional profile.
THE FACULTY HAS OBTAINED A STATE CONCESSION FOR THE STUDY PROGRAM MEDIA AND JOURNALISM (M.A.), 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
Enrolment in the 1st year
A person can enrol in the first year of master’s study programme Media and Journalism if they:
- Graduated in the 1st cycle study programme from the relevant field of expertise with at least 180 ECTS credits.
- Graduated in the study programme leading to a professional degree adopted before 11 June 2004 from the relevant field of expertise (pre-Bologna).
- Graduated in an equivalent study programme from the previous indents in another field, if the candidate has passed additional study obligations essential for the continuation of the studies prior to enrolling. The following courses are considered as additional study obligations: Media and Communication (6 ECTS) Media Content Analysis (6 ECTS).
The relevant fields of expertise are social sciences, journalism, arts and humanities, information and communication sciences, business and administration.
Enrolment in the 2nd year
A person can enrol directly in the 2nd year of master’s study programme Media and Journalism if they:
- Graduated in a pre-Bologna university study programme from appropriate (related) fields of expertise. In order to complete the studies, they must pass the obligations in the amount of 30 credits (exams) and prepare a master’s thesis (also 30 credits).
- Graduated in a second-cycle study programme (Bologna system) from appropriate (related) fields of expertise.
- Graduated in a first-cycle study programme (Bologna system) from appropriate (related) fields of expertise and obtained at least 240 credits.
- Graduated in an equivalent study programme as the ones listed in the previous indents from a different (unrelated) field of expertise. In this case, they must pass the study obligations laid down by the Commission.
- The candidates who enrol (transfer) on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same cycle.
The relevant fields of expertise are social sciences, journalism, arts and humanities, information and communication sciences, business and administration.
Graduates of programmes that are not identified as relevant (related) fields must perform additional study obligations, i.e. exams from the courses Media and Communication (6 ECTS) and Media Content Analysis (6 ECTS).
Anyone who obtained equivalent qualifications abroad also meets the enrolment conditions.
Differential exams in the master’s study program Media and Journalism are FREE!
Information on enrollment and application deadlines for the academic year 2023/24 are published at the link.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Faculty of media has acquired a state concession for the Media and journalism (M.A.) programme, therefore, the studies are FREE of charge within the scope of available enrolment places.
If you do not meet the 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 in the part-time programme, in which case the tuition amounts 2.990,00 EUR per year.
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.
**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
The postgraduate programme Media and journalism (M.A.) 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 a variety of 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 forms of organized activities. Exams are implemented during (three) examination periods – the winter, summer, and autumn examination period.
Lecture schedule: The study takes place at the faculty headquarters at Leskoškova 9 / e in Ljubljana.
- Location of studies Ljubljana
Lectures and seminars are held on Thursdays and Fridays between 16:30 – 20:45. Exceptionally, if the scope of lectures and practices is such that lectures or exercises cannot be placed on Thursday or Friday, they can exceptionally be on Saturday as well. Other contact hours are conducted via ICT tehnology.
* 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.
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.
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.
The (new) curriculum includes changes to the study programme adopted at the Senate session that took place on the 4th of January 2021. The new curriculum is going to be implemented from the academic year 2021/22. The previous curriculum is NO LONGER RUNNING (PREVIOUS CURRICULUM).
- Social Trends
- Digital Transformation
- Economic and Business Culture
- European Democracy and Political Culture
- European Values and Identity
- Challenges of Globalization
- Linguistic Expression in Intercultural Environment
- Communication in the Intercultural Environment
- Crisis Communication
- Lobbying and Negotiations in EU
- Political Communication
- Comparative Research Methods
- Transnational Civil Society
- Safe Online Communication
- Value Tensions in Contemporary Societies
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Faculty of media can enable the student to progress to the next year, even if the required conditions are not met, in the event of the following circumstances: maternity, prolonged illness, exceptional family or social circumstances, participation in top cultural, sports, or professional events.
A student who does not meet the conditions to progress to a higher year of study has the possibility to repeat a year once or to change the study programme or module due to non-fulfillment of obligations in the previous module or study programme. The second year of study cannot be repeated as Seniority (absolventski staž) or an additional year of study is intended for the student to pass the missing obligations.
In accordance with the applicable legislation, a student’s status may be extended for a maximum of one year if:
- A student does not enrol in a higher year for justified reasons;
- A student does not graduate within 12 months after the end of the last semester for justified reasons;
- Student gives birth during the study.
Depending on the academic achievements, the student may complete the study in a shorter time than provided by the study programme.
- 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, 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 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.
tudents will acquire the following general competences in the Master’s study program Media and Journalism:
- ability of complex analysis of cultural and social processes;
- ability to formulate complex and original ideas, concepts and solutions to certain problems;
- ability to apply more complex forms of knowledge in practice;
- ability to achieve professional excellence on the basis of a high level of autonomy, (self) criticism, (self) reflexivity and (self) evaluation;
- strategic orientation, ie. ability to anticipate events, ability to offer solutions to improve the situation;
- commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics;
- development of communication skills to communicate at different levels in an intercultural environment;
- ability to lead and coordinate work teams;
- the ability to understand and practice the values of a democratic, open and plural society
- the ability to recognize and anticipate social trends and take advantage of opportunities offered for successful professional development.
- knowledge of the structure of the media field and understanding of media phenomena and their connection with the structure and development of societies;
- using and combining knowledge and skills from different disciplinary fields in order to achieve an integrated approach in media production;
development of complex skills in the use of knowledge in the field of media and media production by solving concrete problems;
- ability to upgrade basic knowledge in order to create quality media content;
- ability of complex analysis of media content and techniques;
mastering demanding knowledge and techniques for the production of various types of media content;
- ability to understand, master and integrate complex media information;
- understanding the mission of the media in a modern democratic society;
- use of various professional codes of ethics, especially journalistic ethics;
- mastering European standards of public dialogue culture;
- ability to communicate in the media in different cultural environments;
- organizational and managerial skills for directing work in media production;
- flexibility and adaptability, ie. ability to work professionally in different environments;
- ability to self-express and present their views and ideas through different media genres.
CONDITIONS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDIES
In order to finish the studies, the student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the study programme as well as prepare and successfully defend a Master’s Thesis. Students complete the studies when he/she obtains minimum 120 ECTS prescribed by the study programme. Upon completion of the study, the student receives a master’s degree which is a public document.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATES
After completing the master’s program in Media and Journalism at the Faculty of Media, graduates have wide employment opportunities in Slovenia and the wider international area, as they acquire an appropriate combination of useful interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills that give them a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Potential employment opportunities are in the media of all types, both print and electronic, in new media, in advertising agencies, public relations services, in the economic and non-economic sector, video production, publishing, research and development departments or centers in the economic and non-economic sectors, design and computer graphics companies, public administration, education, civil society, international institutions, etc.
- Jobs with good employment opportunities are the positions of journalists in newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, etc. To this we can add other jobs, such as editors in newsrooms within the editorial boards of various media outlets.
- Due to the thoroughness of education and the competencies acquired in this way, our graduates have the path to demanding tasks in the media, namely the role of investigative journalists, reporters from crisis areas in the print and electronic media; in the further development of their careers, this path opens up opportunities for them to the position of editors and editors-in-chief of the media, which every media must have under the current Media Act.
- Given that the graduate of the Master’s program Media and Journalism meets European standards and norms for professional performance in quantitative and qualitative criteria, a graduate has access to the positions of media project coordinators responsible for the program, content and organization of these projects. Graduates of this study program are also offered opportunities for the positions of head of media production, custodian of the media image of the organization, head of media presentation, producer of video production, etc.
- The situation in the field of public relations management indicates that the increased needs for the quality of communication with the public will lead to an increase in demand for a highly educated profile of staff, as offered by the master’s study program at the Faculty of Media. In the public relations services in the economy and non-economy, the positions of public relations representatives are mostly held by trained staff or staff trained abroad. Therefore, we estimate that the graduates of the Master’s program in Media and Journalism are rapidly gaining the reputation of desirable staff in these sensitive and demanding jobs due to the acquired competencies.
- Jobs in marketing services in companies and marketing agencies are highly suitable for the graduates of the Master’s program Media and Journalism. Successful marketing builds on broad humanities and social sciences knowledge of the customer and the accuracy of persuasion techniques, skills and practices, and the art of delivering content for effective marketing. All this belongs to the very core of education within the offered master’s program.
- In design and computer graphics companies and publishing houses, our graduates have employment opportunities as they are comprehensively educated, both in the field of social sciences and humanities, as well as in technical sciences. As they have the ability to better understand the needs of clients and the capabilities of computer technology as well as the legality of design, they are desirable staff in these organizations due to their ability to best meet the needs of users of their services.
- Graduates of the Master’s program in Media and Journalism have the opportunity to continue their studies at doctoral level and thus have opportunities for academic careers at universities and centers, which enables scientific research in the field of media, as well as professional work in various projects, domestic and international, both in higher education and research organizations as well as the media.