Best College & University to Study Mass Communication In Malaysia

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What is Mass Communication?

“Mass Comm” is the short term of Mass Communication; this term is largely used by everyone. However, people tend to have little to no idea what Mass Communication is. Mass Communication is a social science where it studies how people exchange information through the media. The flow of information in today’s fast-paced digital world includes newspaper, advertisement, radio, television and more.

With a Mass Communication degree, students can develop the competencies to think critically and strategically to engage people with communication message in a creative way that cut through the crowded marketplace, thus inspire changes among the community.

Still Could Not Catch the Idea of What Mass Communication Is About?

When you heard ‘ba da ba ba ba ba, I’m Lovin It,’ instantly you think of McDonald. Now that is Mass Comm. The news channel that your parents watch every day, that is Mass Comm. Have you ever noticed the present of videographer, photographer & event crew at the ‘BTS’ World Tour concert? That is Mass Comm too!

Why You Should study Mass Communication

Do you know that your daily life revolves around information/media? From watching the news, movie or listening to the radio, podcast as well as skipping the annoying advertisement at the sixth second to listen to your favourite song on YouTube. All of those is a form of mass communication.

If you have passion in the field of advertising, journalism, marketing, event management or broadcasting. Mass Communication will be the right course for you. Most importantly, it does not require students to be good in math!

Careers available for Mass Communication Graduates

  • Director
  • Scriptwriter
  • News Producer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Event Manager
  • Radio DJ
  • TV or Radio Producer
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Journalism

Usual subjects to be learned from Mass Communication Degree:

  • Visual Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Introduction to Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Communication Law

List of Universities with a good reputation in Mass Communication program

1. Monash University Malaysia

Campus: Sunway

At Monash University Malaysia, students will enjoy a quality tertiary education experience on par with their peers in Australia. Furthermore, all courses are accredited in both Malaysia and Australia, thus ensuring student of an education that is locally relevant and internationally recognised. Most importantly, Monash University is ranked 59 in the QS 2019 World University Ranking. It’s Communication & Media Studies subject also ranked 51-100 in the QS World University Ranking 2018.

Programs available at Monash University Malaysia

Course NameIntakeDurationIndicative annual fee (2019/2020)
Bachelor of Arts & Social ScienceFeb, July & Oct3 yearsMYR 36,050
Bachelor of Communication & Media StudiesFeb, July & Oct3 yearsMYR 36,050
Master of Communication & Media StudiesFeb1.5 yearsMYR 48, 650
(Full Course)

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

2. KDU University College

Campus: Utropolis Glenmarie, Damansara, Penang

KDU offers an environment for its students to explore their potential as they develop their talents in the area of communication and creative arts. Its programmes are carefully designed with insights from an industry expert to keep students up-to-date with emerging practices and standard, thus ensuring they have a strong understanding of conventional mass communication and arts. Students at KDU will benefit from the state-of-art communication and creative arts facilities which designed to give students a taste of the real world, by working on a live project. The state-of-art facilities include KDU FM – Radio Broadcast Radio, The Frame – Television Production Studio, Pixel – Mac Lab and more. With this industry standard labs and studios, students are able to develop their skills through hands-on practices.

Option to transfer to affiliated or recognised universities overseas

CountryStateUniversity
UKLiverpoolUniversity of Chester
AustraliaQueenslandGriffith University
Queensland University Technology
New South WalesDeakin University
RMIT University

Programs available at KDU University College

Course NameIntakeDurationIndicative annual fee (2019/2020)
Foundation Studies (Art & Technology)Jan, Mar & Sep1 yearMYR 17,930
Diploma in Communication & MediaJan, Mar, May, Sep & Nov2 yearsMYR 20,825
Bachelor of Communication (Hons)Jan, May, Sep & Nov3 yearsMYR 22,215
Bachelor of Communication (Hons) in Media ProductionJan, May, Sep & Nov3 yearsMYR 22, 397
Master of Arts (Communication Management)Jan, May & Sep1.4 yearsMYR 31,900
(full course)

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

3. INTI International University & College

Campus: Nilai, Subang, Penang

With more than 65,000 graduates to testify to the quality of education delivered over the years, INTI has become a highly reputable University in the Malaysia private higher education sector. INTI hold a belief where the up-to-date syllabus is a must to meet the needs of tomorrow’s world. The student was given the opportunity to gain industry exposure through industry project, solving the real-world challenge and develop key employability skills prior to entering the workforce. Furthermore, the student-run Mass Communication week that addresses key issues in media & communication providing the student with an opportunity to develop their management and communication skills. In the past, some of the most important figures have been welcomed to the event to share their insight on mass communication issues. There is also a fully equipped broadcasting studio whereby the students are enabled to gain hands-on experience to create an array of productions for their course work

Option to transfer to affiliated or recognised universities overseas

CountryStateUniversity
UKLondonUniversity of Hertfordshire
USANew HampshireSouthern New Hampshire University
AustraliaQueenslandGriffith University
Queensland University Technology
New South WalesUniversity of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong

Programs available at INTI University College

Course NameIntakeDurationIndicative annual fee (2019/2020)
Foundation in ArtsJan, Apr & Aug1 yearMYR 18,499
Diploma in Mass CommunicationJan, Apr & Aug2 yearsMYR 17, 610
BA (Hons) in Mass Communication, UKJan, Apr & Aug3 yearsMYR 24,684
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, USJan, May & Aug4 yearsMYR 18,880

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

4. UCSI University/ College

Campus: Kuala Lumpur, Damansara

UCSI University is now a Malaysia’s top private university as it has breached into the top 500 of the 2019 QS World University Rankings outperform its peers. UCSI is also the only Malaysian private university in the top 500. The classes at UCSI are kept small to encourage the student to engage in one-to-one discussion with lecturers. The mass communication degree course at UCSI was designed to give student industry experience by introducing Cooperative Placement (compulsory) for each year. This gives the student an edge over the others as they have exposed to the industry for almost a year upon graduation. Currently, UCSI has more than 4,000 Co-operative partners with whom student intern for each academic year. The companies and organisations include Media Prima, Malaysiakini, ASTRO, Public Bank, Nexus Worldwide and more. Moreover, there are also regular student-led events like Media Fest, International Film Festival & Photojournalism Exhibition.

Option to transfer to affiliated or recognised universities overseas

CountryStateUniversity
UKLondonUniversity of Hertfordshire
AustraliaQueenslandGriffith University
Queensland University Technology
MelbourneUniversity of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong

Programs available at UCSI University

Course NameIntakeDurationIndicative annual fee (2019/2020)
Foundation in ArtsJan, May, Sep1 yearMYR 18,000
Diploma in Mass CommunicationJan, May, Sep2 yearsMYR 13,593
BA (Hons) Mass CommunicationJan, May, Sep3 yearsMYR 17,700

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

5. IACT College

Campus: Petaling Jaya

IACT college is formerly known as Institute Advertising Communication Training with over 40 years’ experience of both training and education, this has led IACT college to become a premier college specializing in creative communication. Graduates in IACT college were assured with qualified proficiency in the field of advertising and communication with hands-on training by having real-world employer projects with various companies. IACT college is the only institution that is endorsed by the International Advertising Association (IAA) of New York, the world’s largest networks of advertisers, media companies and agencies. This opens the door for IACT graduates to communication and advertising agencies all over the world.

Option to transfer to affiliated or recognised universities overseas

CountryStateUniversity
UKLiverpoolUniversity of Sunderland
AustraliaQueenslandGriffith University
Queensland University Technology

Programs available at IACT College

Course NameIntakeDurationIndicative annual fee (2019/2020)
Foundation in Media StudiesJan, Apr & Aug1 yearMYR 9,900
Diploma in Mass CommunicationJan, Apr, Jun & Aug2.5 yearsMYR 18,000
Diploma in Marketing & AdvertisingJan, Apr, Jun & Aug2.5 yearsMYR 18,000
Diploma in Broadcasting & FilmJan, Apr, Jun & Aug2.5 yearsMYR 18,000
Diploma in Event CommunicationJan, Apr, Jun & Aug2.5 yearsMYR 18,000
Diploma in Professional CommunicationJan, Apr, Jun & Aug2.5 yearsMYR 18,000
BA (Hons) Advertising & DesignFeb, Jul & Sep2 – 3 yearsMYR 23,800
BA (Hons) Media, Culture & CommunicationFeb, Jul & Sep2 – 3 yearsMYR 22,967

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

Author’s take

Back in the days when I was a foundation student, my senior always said if you were to study Mass Communication, just go to Monash University. Monash University is always the ‘go to’ university for Mass Communication program. Strong ranking standing for its Communication & Media Studies subject in the QS World University Ranking 2018 does speak for itself (ranked 51-100). Monash University does not fail to deliver on the Arts & Social Science faculty despite having several faculties in the campus. However, the program fee for Monash University may cost more as compared to other colleges. No worries! There are still plenty of University/College to choose. KDU University’s alumni benefited from the facilities provided by KDU as advertised in ‘TheStar’ newspaper. The state-of-art facilities is a big bonus for the student who studies Mass Communication as it gives you hands-on experience on your coursework.

Students that study at INTI University will be filled with challenge and joy. This is because there are more than 200 events organized by the student club at INTI University (Nilai campus) annually. Be sure to take up any role in an event or club be it photographer or event leader, this will enhance your employability in the future. On the other hands, UCSI requires the student to intern each year (compulsory) for its 3-year Mass Communication degree program. Therefore, students will become an industry expert prior to their graduation giving them a competitive edge over the others upon graduation. On the other hand, students might be unfamiliar towards IACT College as they kept a much lower profile as compared to the other college. But we cannot ignore that IACT College was founded by Malaysian Advertisers Association (MAA) and Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As). The student is enabled to develop themselves by learning from the industry expert at IACT College that is founded by the industry itself.

Scholarship

There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support you financially with your studies in Malaysia. Some are offered by the Malaysia Government, education institutions, and a number of other public and private sectors. Enquire for Scholarship

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Glow Tham

Glow Tham is a writer by day and a bedroom singer by night. He has graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Finance with the University of Hertfordshire, UK under INTI International College Kuala Lumpur campus.

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