The Department of Radio, Television and Film carries out graduate programs, in which academic studies concerning the various parts of the audio and visual media are conducted. Master’s and PhD programs of the department offer lectures that concentrate on various levels of radio-television broadcasting and film, and which evaluate these levels according to cultural, political and socio-economical dimensions within the frame of an interdisciplinary approach where diverse areas of social sciences are involved. For the research that will be conducted in these fields, a scientific methodology and theoretical frame is being established.
Master’s and doctorate degrees which involve academic research and theses that contribute to the literature of the communication studies area, are offered in the scope of the graduate studies of the department. Master’s and doctorate degrees of Radio, Television and Film are offered by the academic staff of Ankara University Faculty of Communication—the leading institution of communication education and studies in Turkey.
Today communications and media, as witnessed and participated in by society, is one of the disciplines most rapidly developing and transforming itself. It is important to understand correctly how communication is innovated regarding both form and content. Graduate and doctoral programs within the Journalism Division under Ankara University Graduate School of Social Sciences, which was one of the first graduate programs in Turkey, offer the graduate students coming from various disciplines,a chance to comprehensively evaluate developments in media and communications. Our graduate as well as doctoral programs welcome graduate students with a extensive curriculum to enable them to grasp the current functioning of social communication processes and the place of people within it.
Aim of the Program:
Our graduate and doctoral programs offer a range of courses based on the perspective of critical communication rooted in critical social theory. Two basic approaches to research in communications and media studies, cultural studies and political economy stand as the dominant approaches within both programs. Courses differing with regard to title, subject and focus, aim to enable students to understand today’s societies within their local and global context; to grasp the role of mainstream and alternative media in establishing new social relationships; and to link all these with problems about social and political power.
In line with this aim, our programs are shaped not so much to give occupational training but to give academic proficiency. In order to give the students as much freedom as possible in their orientation towards the academic fields in which they would improve themselves, all the courses in the doctoral program are offered as elective courses. In the graduate program, in order to strengthen especially the education of students coming from different disciplines of social sciences, courses of Communication Theory I and II are compulsory. For those students coming from disciplines other than social sciences, such as basic sciences, health or engineering, a scientific preparation program is provided.
Acceptance and Completion:
The acceptance process for graduate and postgraduate programs follows the framework of rules and regulations in the Ankara University Graduate School of Social Sciences Code. Admission requirements can be found on the website of the Gradute School. Applications are assessed according to ALES score and ÜDS score as well as through an interview with a jury composed of the department associates. The number of students accepted to the programs is determined anew each semester. Students obtain their graduate degree in Journalism and doctoral degree in Communication Sciences following the submission of the written copies of their thesis and successful completion of viva.
The staff of Journalism Division graduate programs is composed of a strong, dynamic and diverse squad who have accomplished the most qualified and striking contemporary studies in Turkey, within the field of communications and media studies. We believe that meeting this staff is a great fortune and learning from them is an insightful, pleasant process for anyone who wants an academic career in media and communication studies.
Graduate and postgraduate programs of Public Relations and Advertising aim to comprehend public relations in terms of the relations of symbolic production and consumption; to evaluate public relations plans and practices with regard to social consequences; and, by basing public relations on the fields of communications and social sciences, to help the students connect theory and practice, to give them a critical perspective, and to enable them to interpret public relations practices in different areas (political, social, economic, etc.). According to this aim, the program is structured in order to relate social theory to the contemporary topics of public relations. What most importantly distinguishes this program is that it takes public relations not simply as a purely practical field, but allows the students to have an academic grasp that matches with the interdisciplinary status of public relations. Within this framework various elective courses are offered. Among them are Critical Public Relations, Sociology of Consumption, Contemporary Approaches to Public Relations, Political Communication, Image Management and Rhetorical Studies. The courses in the program approach the local and global development of public relations within the context of both historical development and current new media environment. The program aims to provide an understanding of the functioning of public relations in public management, private sector, and civil society organizations, as well as in the process of production of consent.