Mangaluru: Nitte Institute of Communication - Media school with promise

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Mangaluru, Oct 19: Offering both Bachelors and Masters in Mass Communication & Journalism, Nitte Institute of Communication, established in 2012, is a constituent college of Nitte (Deemed to be University).

The only media school of its kind in Mangaluru, the curriculum is a blend of theory and practice, with a lot of emphasis being laid on hands-on assignments. For instance, upon being taught the basics of reporting & writing, editing & design and computer graphics (Photoshop and Indesign) in the first year of the three-year Bachelors' program, the second year sees students actually applying it and coming out with a student newspaper every week. The teaching method applied here is one of role-playing where students in turn become editors, sub editors, reporters and photographers. They have a deadline to meet and the 8 page newspaper is put up for everyone to see every Saturday.

The second year sees students being introduced to Radio and also to Photography. The subject introduces them to the history of radio, trains them to design radio packages and also has field visits to AIR, FM stations and a Community Radio station, introducing students to national, private and community radio. Photography and Visual Communication introduces them to the Great Masters, to the basic techniques of photography and encourages students to think visually. At the end of the semester, each student brings out a photo book, which gives them an understanding of visual storytelling.

Moving on from newspapers, the second year also sees students bringing out a magazine. This could vary from a news monthly to a general interest monthly. The end of the second year sees students interning at a media house of their choice. This 30-day internship is compulsory and at the end of the semester, students face a viva voce where they are questioned on the work submitted as interns.

Television Production, understanding shots, scripting, lighting, and sound and everything that goes into television production, happens in the final year. Students get to work in the Institute's studio and bring out news packages which are shot in the studio and features, travelogues, short films depending on the student's area of interest. Basic Media Research, a very important area of activity in media today, is also part of the final year studies.

Apart from this, in their final year, as part of their studies in Event Management, students organise and execute a two day event, a Chocolate Festival in the city. Held in a popular mall, the event sees students getting hands on experience in all aspects of the event - from obtaining the venue, to contacting resource persons, meeting sponsors and marketing the event, students are divided into teams and ensure that the event generates good footfalls.

In their final year, students also come out with a project which could either be a documentary, a short film, a 360 degree ad campaign, a set of well researched articles on any topic of their choice, a photo series, a PR campaign, a radio package or an animated series. They work on their projects all through their final semester.

NICO also offers Masters in three specializations - Print, Broadcast and Corporate Communication. With a limited intake of 15 per year, the first year of the PG course introduces students to various aspects of mass communication. This is done keeping in mind the fact that the program is open to Bachelors in all disciplines. Students specialise in their second year which sees them working on a research project (Dissertation) of their choice. Students pursuing their postgraduation are also expected to come up with a project in their chosen specialisation, under the guidance of faculty.

From a well-equipped studio with LED studio lights and a green screen, to the BM Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Zoom Handheld Recorders, Canon DSLR with Lens, Elinchrome Studio Lights, NICO has everything that a broadcast student would need. In addition is an exhaustive library (2,500 books), an iMac design studio, a multimedia lab with licensed Adobe software, excellent sporting facilities and access to a well-equipped gym.

Apart from all this, NICO also organises the annual Nitte International Film Festival (NIFF), on behalf of Nitte (Deemed to be University). NIFF is a four day festival which showcases the best of Indian and International cinema to audiences in Mangaluru. Offering free entry to the general public, NIFF sees a total of 60 filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, critics and technicians come down to the festival from various parts of the country. Masterclasses, panel discussions, interactive sessions mark this four day festival.

Students of NICO are actively involved in the organising of NIFF and get an opportunity to meet and interact with some of the best talents in the country.

A little more than seven years old, Nitte Institute of Communication is perhaps one of the few media schools in the country to offer students the variety it does. From inviting some of the best names in the country for guest lectures, to organising a fun filled annual inter college media fest, to organising workshops (photography, cartooning, radio programming) by the best in the field, there is quite a bit that the Institute offers students year after year. A Literary Club, an Environment Club, a Film society, a Theatre Club, are also part of the Institute as in a study tour to India International Film Festival (IFFI), Goa, every year.

What does the future hold for NICO? New programmes in filmmaking and photography are being planned. The Institute intends expanding both in terms of obtaining more space to conduct all its activities and also adding on to the infrastructure. Also on the anvil is an annual media conference.

The future as they say, holds promise.


Nitte Institute of Communication
Kotekar-Beeri Road, Paneer Deralakatte
Mangaluru – 575018
Karnataka, India

+91-9901906474 / 0824 2203998





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  • Wilson, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    I visited this institute last year with my neice. This institute has impressive infrastructure. Great place to study film making, photography, advertising etc.

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  • Nabarun, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    One of the best institutes in Mangalore. Very good course structure with a wide range of professional gear for the students to learn during the tenure of the course before stepping out in the professional field. I would definitely recommend Nitte Institute of Communication for BA and MA.
    Thank You.

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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    A good college to study in. Offers something for everyone, film festival for the student of broadcast, chocolate festival for someone interested in events, excellent infrastructure, and available right here in Mangalore. Exciting!

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    Mangalore is a vibrant City filled with Education, Civilization and much more. The intellectual growth and progress of Mangalore is indeed enormous because Mangalore is abundantly facilitated with Schools, Colleges and Universities that attracts students and faculty members from all over India and abroad to visit Mangalore and make the City as their own.

    With so much of Educational, social, cultural and economical progress in and around Mangalore, our growth in Education and Journalism is indeed beyond description. During our recent visit to Mangalore that obliged us to stay in the growing city for nearly six months, we watched the progress in media and journalism with a sense of admiration. We have a young generation to shoulder the future growth of Mangalore. We have all the entrepreneural benefits all around.

    We wish best of success to all the Educational Institutions in their future plans and as pirataions towards teh growth and prosperity of Manglore.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    Nitte Institute of Communication fulfills all Promises of Students ...

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