Department of Visual Communication

The Department of Visual Communication (BVC), established in 2015, offers the UG Programme ‘BA Visual Communication’. Started under the leadership of Mr. Melbin Suresh (HOD), in six years’ time, the BVC Department has achieved robust growth at different levels. Now the department of BVC is headed by Mr. Manu Jose Thazhathel and has three full time faculty members and around five Guest faculty from the field of Design industry.

Among the milestones of the Department are the establishment of the extension activities such as ‘Chetana Design Hub’ (2018) and the `Chetana Fest Inter collegiate Show’ (2019). The Hub so far has organized two major Wall Painting workshops, namely the `Painted Walls’ workshop (2018) and the `Speaking Wall’ workshop’ (2020) in the campus and also installation projects outside like the `Save Water’ campaign project in Kunnamkulam town on the World Water Day, in collaboration with the local government bodies. The annual ‘History of Art exhibition’ on campus and ‘Field Trips’ to Art Gallery, Trivandrum and Kochi-Muziris Biennale come in the line of the ‘out of the box’ approaches to implement the curriculum.

Such art initiatives of the Department of BVC have contributed significantly to re-imagine and remould the course curriculum, incorporating intense student participation and taking learning in classrooms to a creatively different level. Instead of the conventional ‘gadget-oriented’ mode of teaching and learning visual communication, the Department has always been keen on connecting the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the design process, also linking the classroom to the outside Design industry. The philosophy of ‘enjoyable and responsible learning’ mooted by the BVC Department has promoted ownership among the student community and this prompts them to convert even the quotidian moments of the campus life into expressions of creative art.

Head of Department

Manu Jose Thazhathel

Faculty Members

Fr. Linto Kanjoothara, Melbin Thomas

Guest Faculty

Favour Francis, Pradeepkumar K P

Department of
Mass Communication
and Journalism

Head of the Department

Arun Mani John

Faculty Members

Nashariya.K, Teesa George

Guest Faculty

Sreekanth, Silji Anil

The Department of Mass communication was launched in 2015, along with the departments of Visual Communication and Film and Television. Started under the leadership of Mr. Arun Mani John (HOD), in six years’ time, the Journalism Department has achieved steady growth at different levels. In 2019, we got affiliation for the Master programme, `MA Journalism and Mass Communication’, landmark achievement that elevated Chetana College to a PG College.

The Chetana Journalism Department since its inception, made it a point to extend the study of Communication and Journalism beyond the confines of the class rooms. In order to achieve this goal, we introduced a few major areas of innovation, namely ‘Chetana Diary’ Newsletter, Seminars on News Media, Media ethics etc and Student immersion in outside programmes. Two such significant immersion events that have become almost like annual features are `ITFOK’ (International Theatre Festival of Kerala) and ‘Literary Festival’ of Kerala Sahithya Academy, where our students work as interns at the Media Desk and also at the Editorial team of the Daily News Bulletin. The Journalism Department is also launching the ‘Chetana College Radio’ , in view of horning the skills of our students in radio production.

It is indeed a challenge in this digital age, to instill the habits of reading and writing among our students of all media disciplines, but for Journalism students reading and writing are aligned with their daily bread, their future career. Realizing this dire need, the department is paying keen attention to promote publication initiatives among the students. From the very starting of the college, we have launched the periodical publication of the Journalism Department Newsletter, `Chetana Diary’. In collaboration with the College ‘Design Hub’, our department students and staff have taken the lead in publishing many volumes of our college Wall Magazine, ‘Chetana Memoir’.

The Department of Journalism has ensured such diverse and significant contributions to the effective and student-friendly implementation of the course curriculum. The Department has always been keen on connecting classroom learning to the outside media industry and the challenges one would face in the field of professional journalism, whether it is print, broadcast or online journalism. We have given emphasis on exploring the original sources, providing the students reading hours and interactions in the library, complemented by the activities of `Writers’ Forum’ (student club) and the ‘Poetry Wall’, two avenues where students’ creative writing skills are encouraged and refined. At present, the department of Journalism has three full time faculty members and five Guest faculty from the field of Communication Arts and Journalism.

Department of
Film and Television

The Department of Film and Television at Chetana came into existence with a record. It was Chetana College that designed the BFT Course Syllabus and Curriculum and introduced this UG programme for Filmmaking in Calicut University (originally known as `Bachelor of Television and Film Production- BTFP). In fact, even under other Universities in Kerala like MG Kottayam, they only had the PG, MA Film and Television when we launched the bachelor programme. In the 2017 syllabus revision the nomenclature of the course was changed to ‘Bachelor of Film and Television’ (BFT). Dr. Benny Benedict and Dr. T Muraleedharan, Chetana Faculty members played an important role in this process as invited members of the Board of Studies, Audio-Visual Media, University of Calicut.

The Film and Television Department was launched in 2015, along with Visual Communication and Mass Communication and Journalism departments. Started under the leadership of Mr. Shambhu Purushothaman, Film Director (HOD), in six years’ time, the Department has left its mark across Kerala state with the reputation as the best campus for systematic training for film and television graduates. Eventually Ms. Surya Soman, after her MA in Film and Television and professional stint in Chennai film industry, took charge as the HOD of our Film and Television department. At present, the department has four full time faculty members and around five Guest faculty from the field.

Since the aspirants to this degree programme in filmmaking and television production arrive at the campus with great ambitions of coming out as industry professionals, from the very beginning, our thrust has been a ‘learning by doing’ methodology. With this goal we have always put our shooting floor and the production and post production facilities into maximum use through the practical and practice sessions and the special workshops by field professionals. We also have encouraged short film productions by students as classroom projects or as independent student ventures. In 2018, the department took initiative to produce a short documentary film, ‘Playing with Fire’, directed by Shambhu Purushothaman (a film about the consequences of unbridled show of fireworks in Kerala). Such initiatives of the Department of BFT have contributed significantly to re-imagine and remould the course curriculum, incorporating intense student participation and taking learning in classrooms to creatively different levels.

Head of Department

Surya Soman

Faculty Members

Dr. T Muraleedharan, Joseph Lazar, Shaji T U

Guest Faculty

Nandakumar Menon, Uma Kumarapuram, Praveen Prabhakaran

Department of English Language and Literature

The Department of English Language and Literature was launched in the year 2019. Started under the leadership of Ms. Deepthi Menon (HOD), in two years, the Department of English has achieved steady growth. At present, the department of English has three full time faculty members, Ms. Deepthi, Mili Tom and Aparna Sudhir. And, Dr. T Muraleedharan, Senior Faculty at Department of Film and Television extends his service to the English Department.

The specialty of the BA English programme at Chetana is that we offer two attractive Complementary courses, namely Journalism and Electronic Media. This combination offers immense possibilities for the students of this UG programme to develop their creative writing and content management and helps them immerse in a field of diverse possibilities, like Advertisement, Print and Broadcast Journalism, Radio and Television and Online Media.

Instead of studying literature as book-worms, confined in to their cubicles, our students always fully utilize the opportunities we have offered them, like ‘Conversation Workshop’, ‘Conversation Club’ and they contribute profusely to ‘Chetana Memoir’ (biweekly Wall Magazine) and the ‘Chetana Dairy’ (monthly journal published by Department of Journalism).

Head of Department

Deepthi Menon

Faculty Members

Dr. T Muraleedharan, Mili Tom,
Aparna Sudhir

Department of
Graphic Design and Animation

Like the Bachelor degree in Film and Television, the new UG programme `BA Graphic Design and Animation (BGA)’ was designed by Chetana College in 2019. With the approval from the University, our college has put this programme on track for the first time in the University in the year 2020. Mr. Razi Muhammed MFA, artist, designer and filmmaker, is at the helm as the HOD of BGA. Ms. Silpa Sivadas is the other faculty member.

The BGA department took two initiatives at the very outset: setting up the Multimedia lab and the Fine Arts Studio. The Multimedia Lab has the capacity to accommodate around 40 computer systems, desktop or laptop. The Lab is equipped with the latest softwares. There is always a push from the side of the College, as a policy, to encourage more Open softwares and free software applications.

Perhaps BGA is the most sophisticated department at Chetana, with a clear focus on familiarizing the fast growing ideas and technologies in design, animation and special effects. But, the Department makes it a point to instill the spirit of originality and creative imagination into any projects that students undertake as part of their curricular and co-curricular activities. Chetana Fine Arts Studio offers an incubation period for the students of BGA, a time to test their handiwork, to unearth the raw art they have in themselves, before they totally immerse themselves into the world of latest hardware and software.

Head of Department

Razi Muhammed

Faculty Members

Silpa Sivadas, Fr. Jijo Theethai

Guest Faculty

Sanjai Suresh, Sujith Tudu

Programmes Offered

BA Visual Communication

Duration 3 years (6 Semesters)

Eligibility: Plus Two

This undergraduate programme brings together technologies of Visual communication and Design, in terms of communication theories, theories of visual art and techniques of digital production of moving images and electronic media. The courses included in this programme focus on the vision, concepts and applications linked to diverse spheres of visual communication. The scope of this programme is the ever-expanding careers associated with the converging design industries, digital filmmaking, cyber technologies, television, advertising and other modes of visual communication.

The Bachelor of Visual Communication programme is designed to equip students to emerge as professionals matching the human resources required for the rapidly growing media and entertainment industry. This programme provides immense theoretical and practical exposure to students in both the core and complementary segments so as to cater to the process of teaching and learning and ensuring field-based outcomes.

BA Mass Communication
and Journalism

Duration 3 years (6 Semesters)

Eligibility: Plus Two

This undergraduate programme brings together technologies of print and broadcast journalism, methodologies and perspectives of mass communication and journalism. The courses included in this programme help the students to explore diverse possibilities and avenues unleashed recently in print, electronic and online journalism with the advent of digital technology.

The Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism programme acquaints the students with the perspectives of Mass Communication as a branch of communication study. The programme helps the students familiarize with the different approaches and concepts of media studies and to enable students to see mass communication from the interdisciplinary perspectives.

BA Film and Television

Duration 3 years (6 Semesters)

Eligibility: Plus Two

The technological advances in visual media in the wake of digital culture have created a new platform for Film Making and Television Production. Digital technology and its multi-layered interventions have redefined film and television production and post-production processes. Bachelor of Film and Television imparts professional training at the undergraduate level to bring out media professionals equipped with state of the art technology and aesthetical foundation.

BFT is designed to equip the students in the art and craft of television programme production and film making process in the digital context. The Programme is structured to provide a sound grounding in theoretical and practical areas of film and television production. This programme is envisaged to mould professionals who have expertise in all diverse dimensions of Film and Television Production.

BA Graphic Design
and Animation

Duration 3 years (6 Semesters)

Eligibility: Plus Two

Creativity is the talk of the town. Every field in today’s world is in need of a designer for one thing or the other. This intense training at undergraduate level makes you well versed in the art of conveying your thoughts and ideas through 2D or 3D designs and animation. Be it logo designing, product branding, billboards, UI designs or Animated story telling, this bachelor degree is your stepping stone to the amazing world of creative imagery.

With the right balance of aesthetics and praxis, theory and practical classes, this course provides you the right atmosphere to grow your creative mind and mould you into a confident designer or animator.

BA English Language
and Literature

Complementary: Journalism & Electronic Media

Duration 3 years (6 Semesters)

Eligibility: Plus Two

This course helps you explore the English language in depth, increasing your grasp in the language and making you familiar with the literature and the nuances of a better created content. In contrast to learning English language at other colleges, at Chetana, gaining command over language is especially significant in all media-related disciplines we offer, since it serves as the foundation for content creation, from which sprouts out other components of multimedia production and post production

Keeping pace with the innovations in the media industry, this course moulds you to take on the tasks demanded in fields like Journalism and Electronic media.

MA Journalism and
Mass Communication

Duration 2 years (4 Semesters)

Eligibility: Any Bachelor's Degree (and Entrance Test conducted by the University)

This course provides you with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge needed to stand apart in a league of your own in the competitive world of the Media industry. This also acts as your foundation for the further research in the fields of media and communication studies.

The course curriculum empowers you with in-depth knowledge in the important aspects of the ever-evolving field of journalism. We employ an educational system that focuses more on creating experience for the students by providing them chances to manage the real-life situations of the field through our out of syllabus, extra-curricular and outreach programmes.

Programme Outcome

Programme Outcome UG:

The UG programmes at Chetana is designed and implemented in such a way as to ensure the following Outcomes. At the end of the bachelor degree programme, each student would have:

  1. Obtained in-depth subject knowledge specific to each stream
  2. Immersed in an effective foundation of ‘learning-by-doing’ strategies
  3. Cultivated a love for learning in contrast to waiting to be taught
  4. Comprehended the subtleties of research
  5. Acquired problem solving and analytical skills
  6. Attained language skills and ability for effective communication
  7. Ability to function in multidisciplinary domains
  8. Imbibed core values and principles
  9. Applicable knowledge and an overall understanding about environmental sustenance
  10. Ability to collaborate for common good and social welfare

Programme outcome : PG

The PG programme at Chetana, namely ‘MA Journalism and Mass Communication’ will have the following Outcome, measurable in tangible goals such as each student would have:

  1. Acquired in-depth and systematic knowledge
  2. Cultivated a passion and yearning for lifelong learning
  3. Procured awareness of and sensitivity towards current national and global perspectives
  4. Become adept at sourcing and utilizing information
  5. Internalized research acumen
  6. Acquired the expertise to apply knowledge for environmental sustenance
  7. Inculcated the ability to function in multidisciplinary domains
  8. Attained the maturity and prudence to respond to the `need of the hour’ in different contexts
  9. Harnessed the ability to collaborate for common good and social welfare
  10. Imbibed professional and ethical values and responsibilities


Controller of Exams (CE)’s Office

The Office of Controller of Examinations was established in the year 2015 in view of coordinating the University exams at Chetana College. The Office also plans and schedules Internal (Model) examinations and Assessment in the College. The department is headed by the Controller of Examinations (CoE), Mr. Arun Mani John at present. The CE reports to the Principal and is assisted by the HoDs of all departments. The prime responsibility of the Office of Examinations is to plan and conduct all examinations in a fair, transparent and systematic manner as per the Examinations Calendar. The examination procedures are in accordance with the guidelines given in the approved Examination Manual and also conforming to the guidelines provided by MG University and UGC from time to time. The office is a fully automated facility with necessary infrastructure for generating question papers, conducting evaluation work, consolidation of results and printing of mark lists and other relevant confidential documents.

The office gives the highest priority to the efficient and effective execution of examination policy for the benefit of the entire student community. All genuine requests of students with regard to examinations are promptly attended to and resolved on a continuous basis.

Exams Notifications

Exam Notification Links

Exams Results

Results of occasional class tests and Model Exams at semester ending are communicated to the concerned parents.

Exam results links

Academic Calendar

(Calendar 2020-21)

Add-on / Value Addition Courses

  • London Trinity College Certificate Course for English Language and Drama
  • DI and Colour Correction course
  • Design Basics (Familiarization of Design softwares and their application)
  • Acting for Theatre and Cinema
  • Content Writing
  • Digital Marketing

Workshops and Field Immersion Programmes

For our UG and PG Programmes, we have adopted a `learning by doing’ methodology, since that it has helped us to formulate the philosophy behind our media training. Since our freedom and flexibility with introducing drastic changes/experiments in the Syllabus is limited, we focus more on innovations in and creative implementation of the curriculum. Without any exception, all our UG and PG programmes have an orientation towards the Media market in its diverse forms. So it is of paramount importance to take our students often to the field viz-a-viz, the media industry; equally important is ‘bringing the field’ into our campus. We achieve this multifold goals by:

1. Workshops at the campus by working professionals from media industry

Lighting Workshop.

Still Photography Studio Shoot workshop.

Production Design and Special Effects Workshop.

Radio Production Workshop.

Theatre Workshop etc

2. Field Visits, Study tour etc

Visit to Kochi and Trivandrum Art Gallery,

Visit to Kochi Biennale

Visit to Chitranjali Film complex Trivandrum,

Visit to Film Studios in Chennai

3. On-the Job training in the field

Full time work assignment in the Media Desk at ITFOK (International Theatre Festival of Kerala),

Events organized by Press Club Thrissur

Book Fest, Kerala Sahitya Academy

4. Constructing the ‘Field in the Campus’

Annual Art History Exhibition

Design Hub Art Show

Campus Wall Painting Assignments

Chetana college has a modest and well-maintained library that is easily accessible to both the students and faculty alike. For the database we are using the ILMS software Koha. Any queries regarding the availability of books, issuing and return of books is managed by this application.

Being a Media College, one of the strengths of our Library is our Digital Library section, where films, music and reference audio-visual materials are available. Inside the Library we have installed a `Poetry Wall’, a space for the occasional meetings of the `Writer’s Forum’, poetry recital by students, staff and sometimes by a guest poet or writer.

Students have the provision to refer study materials inside or to read leisurely in the `Green Library’ out in the open.

Chetana Library has a collection of around 2500 books, 7 journals / periodicals and around 300 digital materials, e-documents etc.