Although this course is mostly offered in Delhi and Maharashtra, pursuing a Bachelors of Mass Media is now considered one of the best ways to land a media job in fields like advertising, public relations or journalism. However, as someone who experienced this fun, yet highly haphazard bunch of subjects, I can certainly say that this course has its sets of pros and cons that can simultaneously inspire you and also leave you in search of more meaning.
Before opting to pursue this course, it is essential to know that it offers a wide range of subjects across different fields and allows you to explore as many alternatives as you can before you can finally figure out what you want. Conversely, if you are entirely unsure of the career choices you want to make and are an enthu-cutlet when it comes to learning new things, you might just leave this course feeling more confused than you were when you started.
The following are the pros and cons of pursuing a Bachelors of Mass Media course:
Your course changes every six months
This is actually great news for those who dread monotony. The course is designed in a way that students are exposed to different subjects every six months (that is, every semester) and since there are a total of 6 semesters, you will walk away with slight knowledge of 36 random subjects. Apart from being able to butt into people’s conversation across various topics, the advantage of this is that you do leave feeling a little more aware of the world around you than you did before. Some of the courses are based more on practical knowledge (such as introduction to photography, where one of the projects requires you to create a portfolio at the end of the term) and some are based on theoretical knowledge (such as introduction to political science… urgh). There are also subjects that bring the two worlds together by requiring you to analyze as opposed to just rote learn or have experiential inputs (such as introduction to culture studies).
This course is literally a free-for-all, where everyone can find at least a handful of things that they really enjoy, a bunch of things they hate and a few things that they are either ok with or just indifferent to. The major advantage of this is that you can find your place in the course no matter what walks of life you come from.
On the downside, though, you only walk away with sparse knowledge of these subjects and unless you either read about them in your spare time or pursue a master’s degree, you’re a bit of a jack of all trades. However, while there are many who believe that a little knowledge is dangerous, there are many others who believe that knowing at least the basics of different trades can be very useful. At the end of the day, it all boils down to the school of thought you belong to.
The first year is all about basics
This part is the slightly boring, yet essential, bit of the course. As most students who join a BMM course come from different streams, the whole point of the first year is to bring everyone up to speed. So, whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to spend some time brushing up your economics, political science, computer science and all other basic subjects. For humanities students, it can get a bit infuriating to study a highly diluted version of the subjects they’ve spent the last two years poring over and for students in the other streams; it can be a bit torturous to have to study the very subjects they tried to escape. However, it’s like swallowing a bitter pill; you don’t really want to do it, but you have no choice.
The plus point, however, is that by the time everyone is in their second year of the course, they’re all on the same page so it makes the whole learning process more conducive. Stick it out till the second year; that’s basically when things start to look up and you feel reassured about your decision to study this course.
Journalism or Advertising? Wait till your final year
As is the case with everything else on this list, the fact that you can’t actually choose between studying subjects that are either more oriented towards Journalism or Advertising is both great and terrible.
For students who have a hard time deciding what they want to do, this is a boon. The second year, where you get to explore different subjects, not only buys you time from having to pick something but also lets you understand various fields better. Thus, you can know whether you are really suited to a given career or simply preferred it because it is in vogue. It also brings a clearer perspective about your own strengths and weaknesses to the table, which really helps when you want to finally journey down a particular career path.
However, it is also frustrating for students who really just want to get on with their career paths and can’t wait for another year to pursue the course that they really want. Though, to be honest, there are only a handful of these students in every class and most kids are too busy marveling over mind blowing theories about pop culture to actually yearn for career specific subjects.
On the whole, the BMM course has a lot to offer, whether you know what you want, or don’t. However, it is important to not get too swept away by the glitz and glamour of the list of subjects offered.