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M. Sc. in Visual Communication is a 2-year postgraduate course, the minimum eligibility for admission to which is the successful completion of graduation (B. Sc.) in a relevant discipline, from a recognized university.

The course essentially explores the concepts and processes involved in the communication of ideas through a visual display of information, art, and technology blended together.  

The program is divided across 4 semesters, of 6 months each, and can be pursued for an average annual course fee ranging between INR 1 and 5 Lacs, varying across institutes.

Admission to the course is generally based on the candidate’s performance in the last qualifying examination (graduation) and a relevant entrance test.

Successful postgraduates of the course are employed across areas such as:

  • Media & Journalism
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Customer Care
  • Media Relations & Research
  • Telecom Industry
  • Information Technology (IT)-based organizations
  • Colleges & universities, etc.

The average monthly salary offered to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 20K to 40k, at an initial level, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the discipline.

Top Colleges for Master of Science [M.Sc] (Visual Communication)

  • Master of Science [M.Sc] (Visual Communication) in Tamil Nadu
  • M.Sc in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Sc in Maharashtra
  • M.Sc in Chennai
  • M.Sc in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Sc in Telangana

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are all the major highlights of the course.

Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 years
Minimum Qualification RequiredGraduation (B. Sc.) completed from a recognized university.
Admission ProcedureMerit-based/ Based on performance in entrance exam
Examination TypeSemester System
Major Entrance ExamsGGSIPU CET, Jamia Milia Islamia University Entrance Exam, DU Entrance Exam, FTIL Entrance Test, etc.
Total Course FeeINR 1 to 5 Lacs
Top Recruiting Areas/FieldsFilm Production Houses, Fashion Magazines, Newspapers, Advertising Agencies, Publishing Houses, IT Companies, Colleges & Universities, Marketing Agencies, Media & Journalism, and such.
Job PositionsCustomer Service Executive (Web), Desktop Publisher, Web Developer, Graphic Artist, Production Assistant, Manager, Digital Photographer, Instructional Designer, Media Marketing Executives, Business Development Manager, Solution Sales Manager, among others such.
Top RecuitorsSaatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic, Ogilvy & Mather, Arrow Books, Femina, Times of India, Outlook, India Today, Savvy, Reliance, Nokia, Vodafone, Pantaloons, Deccan Chronicle, Fab-India, Zodiac, You & I, etc.
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 6 Lacs

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: What is it About?

The program has been designed to offer to eligible candidates:

  • specialization in a wide range of skills and technologies in visual communication.

  • an advanced understanding of visual aids and their appropriate application.
  • skills in application of various technological tools, devices, software, and media to convey a message in visual form.
  • learning in concepts and usage of visual aids such as videos, photographs, etc.
  • lessons in the use, nature and role of messages among individuals, small groups, organizations, and society.
  • expertise in modes of oral, written, mediated, visual, and technological communication.
  • skills in production of promotional videos, advertisements, illustrations, signs & logos.
  • professional familiarity with the modern world of visual communication.
  • foundation for further advanced research in the discipline

Such postgraduates interested in pursuing further studies in the discipline may later pursue higher courses, such as Ph. D., M. Phil., or doctoral research in the subject.

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: Who should opt?

Eligible graduates aspiring to pursue the course would ideally possess:

  • innovative and creative mind
  • interest in, and aptitude for fabricated virtual reality
  • understanding of information-communication through visual display, such as photos, videos, etc.
  • ability to interpret body language
  • ability to visualize and subsequently present such visual information effectively and clearly
  • good drawing skills.
  • reasonable proficiency in visual media-based technologies.

Top Institutes offering M. Sc. in Visual Communication:

Some of the top colleges offering the course in the country are listed below along with the annual fee charged by, and corresponding location of each.

NAME OF INSTITUTECITYAVERAGE ANNUAL FEE
Birla Institute of Technology (BIT)NoidaINR 1,60,00 (course)
Picasso Animation CollegeNew DelhiINR 60,000 (course)
Westford Institute of Film TechnologyMumbaiINR 1,00,000 (course)
Vellore Institute of TechnologyChennaiINR 70,000 (course)
P.A. Inamdar College of Visual Effects, Design & ArtPuneNot Mentioned
Vogue Institute of Fashion TechnologyBangaloreINR 3,00,000 (course)
Arena AnimationBangaloreINR 50,000 (course)
Accel Animation AcademyDelhiINR 45,000 (course)
Sam Higgin Bottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and SciencesAllahabadNot Mentioned
Lovely Professional University (LPU)ChandigarhINR 2 Lacs (course)
Global Institute of Gaming and Animation (GIGA)ChennaiINR 1.5 Lacs (course)
Indian Institute of Digital Art & Animation (IIDAA)KolkataINR 37,000 (course)
Frameboxx Animation and Visual EffectsBangaloreNot Mentioned
Whistling Woods International Institute (WWI)MumbaiINR 2,00,000 (course)
Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA)MumbaiINR 2,50,000 (course)
Global School of Animation and GamesNew DelhiINR 1,50,000 (course)
Picasso Animation CollegeChandigarhINR 60,000 (course)
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)BangaloreINR 50,000 (course)
Arena MultimediaMumbaiINR 50,000 (course)
National Institute of Design (NID)AhmedabadINR 2,00,000 (course)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), MumbaiMumbaiINR 60,000 (course)

Eligibility for M. Sc. in Visual Communication

Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to fulfil the following minimum eligibility criteria

  • Graduation (B. Sc.),completed from a recognized university in a relevant discipline.
  • Graduation needs to have been completed in any of:
  • Visual Communication
  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Fine Arts
  • Computer Science, or another such related discipline.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates) or equivalent CGPA at the level of graduation.
  • Candidates awaiting their graduation-level examination’s results are also eligible to apply on provisional basis.
  • Preferably, relevant work experience in the subject.

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: Admission Procedure

Most institutes in India offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes also admit students based on the candidate’s obtained merit at the level of graduation, while some conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges.

Some such entrance tests conducted in the country for admission to the course are:

  • GGSIPU CET (Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test)
  • NID (National Institute of Design) Entrance Test
  • DU Entrance Test
  • FTIL (Film and Television Institute of India) Entrance Test
  • BHU (Banaras Hindu University) Entrance Exam.

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: Syllabus & Course Description

Tabulated below is a semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.

Semester I

Semester II

Introduction to Human CommunicationFilm Language
Media AestheticsStory Development
Indian CinemaScriptwriting
Visualization & StoryboardVisual Culture in India
Elective- Computer Graphics and Animation 1 (OR) Television Production 1 (Studio Direction)World Cinema
-Elective – Computer Graphics & Animation 2 (OR) Television Production 2 (Outdoor Direction)

Semester III

Semester IV

Visual Research MethodsProject Management
Entertainment & SocietyGaming and Game Design
Film Analysis & CriticismComputer Graphics and Animation 3
Special Visual Effects (Using Tools like Combustion)Sound Recording and Editing
Video Editing (FCP, Avid, Adobe Premiere)Research Project Work
-Specialization (Project)

M. Sc. in Visual Communication: Career Prospects

Visual Communication offers a substantial career scope both in India and abroad, as almost every enterprise requires competent designers in order to make their services and products appear visually appealing, by effective promotion.

Some of the popular recruiting organizations in the field of Visual Communication include:

  • Pedigree
  • Tupperware
  • Vodafone
  • Kraft
  • Ogilvy and Mather
  • Fab-India, etc.

Tabulated below are some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates, along with the basic salary and job duties associated with each.

JOB PROFILEJOB DESCRIPTIONAVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY
Web DeveloperWeb Developers are also called Web Designers or Webmasters. Their responsibilities include designing, coding, and modifying websites, from layout to function. They create advanced interactive website features according to a client's specifications. They are typically experts in a number of software programs, web applications, and web programming languages, such as HTML, JavaScript (JS), Ruby on Rails, and C++.INR 3 to 9 Lacs
Instructional DesignerInstructional Designers are basically responsible for identifying the skills, information, knowledge, and attitude imbalance (gaps) of a targeted audience. Based on such information, they create, select, and suggest learning experiences to fill such gaps, applying best practices from the field and instructional theory.INR 2 to 5 Lacs
LecturerLecturers teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas allocated by, and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department. They supervise, or assist with supervision of undergraduate, taught graduate (Masters) or research graduate (M. Phil./ Ph.D.) students.INR 3 to 5 Lacs
Graphic ArtistGraphic Artists are responsible for sourcing information regarding the required graphic-creation. Subsequently, they illustrate such concepts by designing rough layouts of art & copy, in terms of size, arrangement, type size and style, and related aesthetic concepts.INR 3 to 8 Lacs
Digital PhotographerDigital Photographers work with a digital camera, using a blend of technical skills and an artistic eye to take photographs of places, landscapes, people, food, and such. Today's photographers are almost all digital as traditional film cameras are no longer used.INR 2.5 to 10 Lacs
Business Development ManagerBusiness Development Managers are responsible for pitching goods or services to new clients and maintaining a good working relationship with all such contacts, and recognizing sales leads. They communicate new product developments to prospective clients, oversee the development of marketing literature, and write reports.INR 3 to 7 Lacs

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