As the semester comes to an end, I’ve been watching several of my friends prepare for graduation. While waiting for class to begin, a overheard a couple of students talking about going to graduate school. As of right now, I don’t think I’ll pursue a master’s degree immediately after undergrad, but that may change. Being the curious person I am, I decided to look up master’s degree programs at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. To my surprise, I found a program that I can see myself completing some day.
UNC offers an M.A. in Media and Communication, which has three specialized areas: Journalism, Strategic Communication, and Visual Communication. Since I’m a Vis Com major already, I decided to look into that area of the degree program. There are two specialized areas within Vis Com: Interactive/Graphic Design and Photo/Video.
Both Vis Com specialties require the same core classes (some of which are similar to the core classes we have to take at USC for our B.A.), three courses based on the desired pathway (not including pre-reqs), four elective courses and a thesis/thesis project. During the fourth semester, students take a comprehensive exam.
Here’s the link to the Vis Com information. The information above can be found here, as well as a worksheet to help student’s plan and keep track of their coursework while enrolled in the program.