XIC Mumbai – The brand name does count…
A media institute with a 33 year old tradition of churning out media persons in amidst the quite environs of the Xavier’s college, Mumbai.
XIC basically has 1-year diploma courses in English and Marathi journalism, public relations, advertising & marketing, film and television and digital media. Though most of the lectures are held in the evening, the background work for these lectures is intensive. You will need to spend a better part of your day immersed in books at XIC media library, BCL or American center library.
The Film and Television course accepts only non-working students while for the rest preference is given to the same. Trying to hold down a job with the syllabus and project work given is really not advisable.
To begin with, purchase their application form at the earliest by 30th May. Prepare yourself for a written exam (I can only write about the journalism entrance, as that is what I had given), equip yourself with a strong vocabulary and stronghold over the language. A score of more than 35 makes you eligible for the interview. The interview is a cakewalk. A panel of two interviewers grills you. The toughest part is the written exam. So all those would-be patrakaars get your spellings and grammar right!
The journalism will only costs you 35,000 bucks (but incase you take TV it’s Rs 55,000 – including 25,000 as production fee for your 2 film-making projects) Kuch bhi kaho!! It is VFM. (There is no other institute that gives you so many facilities with this kind of fee).
Air-conditioned classrooms, mini theatre, a hi-tech sound studio, a well-equipped computer lab and the best media library in this side of the country, which has an institutional membership with BCL and American center, so you can even borrow books from there. Besides that overall administrative staff of the institute is extremely helpful. They will drop everything else to solve your query. You are also given a 10-hour Internet access time for the year that you can utilize as and when you want and a 50-hour lab-usage time. Printing is also free for the student’s assignments.
The journalism course is divided into 15 modules, which involve discussions and interaction with the people in the media. The modules also involve fieldwork and a lot of seeing movies and slides for better understanding of the subject. The course is not examination- based, but you are graded on the number of assignments you do in a particular module, which gets you a cumulative grade at the end of the year in the module (example: business journalism: B+ Grade).
Moreover there is also stress on attendance for each module. If you have an excellent attendance record, you are also upgraded on your overall module grade. The innumerable assignments to be submitted everyday within a set word limit keep you on your toes.
Most of the modules run simultaneously which means you have to be very meticulous with your work and schedules. Book reviews and language appreciation modules will keep you busy for a whole one-year at XIC. You will also be required to keep a number of clipping files on various subjects of your choice. Overall, there is major interaction with people who can tell you what it is like to be working in their area of specialization. On completing the course most take up print journalism, while some opt to work with television news channels.
The Film & TV course
This course has just been reintroduced – and it seems to now be more in sync with industry requirements. In addition to theory, on the practical side students have to submit 2 group projects:
2 films of 5 mins duration entirely developed, scripted, and edited by students on digital video format – subject of their choice Final project: 1 film of 15 mins duration to be entirely developed = scripted, shot, edited by students on BETA format. Socially relevant subject of their choice There are 12 course modules which will cover everything from fundas on cinematography to sound, scripting and editing In addition to thrice a week classroom sessions (6.30-8.30 pm) there will everyday practical/ laboratory/ self study sessions from 4-6 pm with weekly film screenings/ workshops.
The institute does not guarantee you a job. You have to fend for yourself. The placement cell only informs students of any vacancy. Nevertheless, XIC being a known name in the media, it has goodwill in the market and hence getting a job will not be so difficult. There is also no industry internship. So you walk out of the institute raw, but at the same time mentally equipped to face pressure and stress.
The faculty consists of a course-coordinator who collaborates with guest lecturers for specialized modules. You have people from all the major media houses coming to XIC to teach which also means networking to a certain extent. Overall there is a good rapport with the faculty and the students and students are advised to openly share their grievances with the management of the institute.
This institute also has a strong north Indian stronghold. People coming from across the country for the course gives you an idea of its reputation. This institute is good for all those Mumbaiites who wish to stay at home and like mom’s parathas and aloo gobi. If you want to explore the world and want to break free from the shackles of bondage then I would advice you to run to Pune (SIMC) or anywhere else that catches your fancy. But studying in a college like Xavier’s where you soak in the 100 years of history of the place within the confines of the stonewalls is an experience that you will not forget for the rest of your life. It pays dividends to be a part of Xavier’s. If you think I am exaggerating, come over and visit the college, you will fall in love with it.