BS in Media Science


Program Description

BS in Media Science

SZABIST offers a four year (eight semesters) BS (Media Sciences) degree with majors in Production and Advertising. The BS Program is essentially an evening program and consists of 46 courses & a thesis (six courses per semester) with a total of 144 credit hours (all electives and certain courses may be offered in the evening), and an Internship. The maximum time limit to complete the BS degree is seven years.

Programme structure

First semester

  • English Writing Skills
  • Drawing and Perspective
  • Civilization Studies I: Classical and Medieval
  • Culture, Media and Society
  • Art of Music
  • Play Analysis

Second semester

  • Civilization Studies II: From Empire to Liberations
  • Photography
  • Theater Project: The Living Newspaper
  • Basic Design
  • Introduction to Sound
  • Media Research Methodologies

Third semester

  • History & Aesthetics
  • Survey of Media in Pakistan
  • Radio Channel Project 1
  • History of Commercial Art
  • Production Techniques 1
  • Idea Development

Fourth semester

  • Topics in Asian Literature
  • Media Psychology
  • Radio Channel Project II
  • Graphic Design I
  • Editing & Motion Graphics
  • Business Studies for Media

Fifth semester

  • Theories of Visual Culture
  • Histories & Cultures of Pakistan
  • Principles of Journalism
  • Graphic Design II
  • Production Techniques II
  • Islamiyat

Sixth semester

  • Developing Short Narratives
  • Publication Report
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Elective 1
  • Elective II
  • Elective III

Seventh semester

  • State and Nation Building in Pakistan
  • TV Project
  • Elective IV
  • Elective V
  • Elective VI
  • Elective VII

Eighth semester

  • Thesis 1
  • Media Laws and Ethics
  • Elective VIII
  • Elective IX
  • Elective X

Ninth (summer) semester

  • Thesis II


  • Documentary Vision
  • Production Technique III
  • Lighting 1
  • Directing I
  • Scripting & Screenplays
  • Lightning II
  • Directing II
  • Production Techniques III
  • 35MM Filmmaking
  • Documentary Vision
  • Topics in Film and Television


  • Publication Project
  • Integrated Project
  • Event Management
  • Advertising Research
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Brand Identity Management
  • Advertising Design
  • Copywriting
  • New Media Advertising
  • Topics in Advertising

Certain film and video production courses and Histories and Cultures of Pakistan may require additional fees for equipment rental, film purchases and travel. The Media Sciences department will make every effort to subsidize these costs in order to minimize their financial impact on students.

Full-time academic load is six courses. All students are required to register for a full load in the first semester.


The Internship is scheduled for summer at the end of the third year. At the end of the six-week Internship, all students are required to submit a comprehensive report, giving details of their experience and learning.

Last updated Jan 2018

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