The Department of Mass Communication and Videography of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata was established in 1996 under the aegis leadership Fr. George Ponodoth and the legendary figure Fr. Gaston Roberge. Since then, the department has seen the involvement of many faculty members who are academic as well as professional experts. The syllabus accommodates theoretical and practical engagements in the various wings of Audiography, Videography, Editing, Script Writing, Visual Culture, Photography, Media and Cultural studies, Sound designing, Cinema Studies, TV Production, Editing, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Media Ethics and Mass Communication theories. Students are required to undertake a dissertation in their final semester which introduces them to the world of academic research and publication. Students also produce a degree film in their final year and many of the films have made a mark at various national and international film festivals. The students who graduate from this course enrol in reputed film schools, management schools, or pursue higher studies from all over India and abroad. Reputed institutes like Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi and Dhenkanal, Asian College Of Journalism, Chennai, London School of Economics and other media institutes in Canada, Ireland and London, see a regular flow of students from this department who go there for further specialization. Many students work with reputed institutions like NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now and various film and ad production houses all over the country.
The department is also offering Mass Communication as a generic elective paper, where students from other disciplines can apply. The department has state of the art equipment for the students, such as Teleprompters, Multi camera set up with talk back facility, switchers, HD cameras, Sound Lab and Edit Lab. The students have direct access to them and gain professional experience through the industry standard equipment.