B.A. Minor Audiovisual Publishing (AVP)

The B.A. Minor AVP was designed to provide students interested in media with a theoretical and practical training in audiovisual media and TV production. As part of the program students produce a TV program under professional guidance for the university’s TV channel “CampusTV Mainz”. Therefore the Minor is heavily hands-on and project-based, but on the other hand it also offers the theoretical methods needed to analyse practical work. This unique interchange between knowledge gained in theoretical courses and practical experience is extremely productive. The aim is to provide students with technical knowledge and the creative and journalistic skills required to work in the field of audiovisual media.


1. Admission

Start of Studies: Winter Semester only. Each year 16 students are accepted to study the B.A. Minor AVP. For information about the academic year at Johannes Gutenberg University click here and here. For information about the application process please click here. Please note that not all courses of the B.A. Minor are offered in English. Generally only the seminars are offered in English if required.


2. Anticipated Completion Time & Subject Combination

Students engaged in full-time study are able to achieve the B.A. degree within three years. During the semester the required rate of attendance is especially high. When studying for a Two-Subjects Bachelor degree you have to choose a major and a secondary subject. Some subjects like Audiovisual Publishing are only offered as a Minor program. You are free to combine the B.A. Minor AVP with any of the Majors available for the Two-Subjects Bachelor degree. For more information about subject combination, please click here.


3. Curriculum

The B.A. Minor AVP is divided into theoretical and practical portions. The practical training allows students to learn all aspects of TV productions (such as editorial work, camera, sound, light and editing) in class as well as during the production of TV content for CampusTV. The theoretical courses offer basic knowledge in film, media and communication studies which will allow students to gain an understanding of film aesthetics as well as empirical analyses and research in communication and media studies. The interdisciplinary profile of the B.A. Minor AVP provides students with knowledge about the concepts and research methods across a range for media subjects. The B.A. Minor AVP consists of three main entities:

- Basic Courses (theoretical and practical)
- Advanced Theoretical Courses
- Practical Work (CampusTV Mainz)

In the first year, students will be required to take the basic modules “Grundlagen des audiovisuellen Publizierens I und II” (“Basics of audiovisual publishing I and II”). These modules provide the theoretical, methodical and practical basis for the second and third year. The students get an overview of all functions and positions relevant for TV-production. Furthermore, they learn how to apply methods for analyzing TV-productions. During the first semester students learn how to work with professional TV equipment. In the second semester they can focus on one of two practical aspects: Field production (camera, sound, light) or post-production (editing, dubbing).

In the second and third year students take part in advanced theoretical as well as practical modules. On the one hand, the theoretical modules (“Medienwissenschaftliche Aspekte von audio-visuellen Medien” and „Kommunikationswissenschaftliche Aspekt von audio-visuellen Medien“ --> „Media-/ Communication-scientifical aspects of audio-visual media“) provide an aesthetic and semiotic-pragmatic approach to audiovisual media, on the other hand, they give space for perspectives coming from communication studies. Within the practical modules (“CampusTV I and II”), the students produce magazine- and studio-shows for the university-TV “CampusTV Mainz”. They work in small groups as editorial staff and – depending on the field they specialized in – take part in production or post-production. Furthermore, the students get a deeper understanding in journalistic principles and methods by participating in workshops (for example research, ethics).



4. Assignments

The following assignments need to be completed successfully in order to get the B.A. degree:

Module 1: Written Examination, Production of a short film
Module 2, 5 and 6: Portfolio (one portfolio for each module)
Module 3 and 4: Term paper (one term paper each module)

A portfolio usually consists of a practical work with a theoretical reflection.


5. Career Options

Career options for graduates vary depending on the B.A. major and the practical focus. Besides the classical work in the journalistic area graduates can also find jobs in related areas, e.g. film and television production, public relations, corporate communication and cultural work. The obtained media competence is also beneficial for students who do not want to work directly in the media.


6. Partners

The Department of Journalism is part of the Institute of Communication Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. It also cooperates closely with the university's TV channel CampusTV Mainz. Partners within the university range from other media departments to the press and media contact office. The Department of Journalism participates in the international exchange program m3 plus ZDF. In the U.S. this cooperation is supported by the University of Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee) and Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana). In Germany, the partners are: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, University for Applied Sciences Mainz, University for Applied Sciences Wiesbaden, the public broadcasting company ZDF, and the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt.


7. Address

Journalistisches Seminar
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Domus universitatis
Alte Universitätsstraße 17
55116 Mainz
Fon: +49 6131 3939300
Fax: +49 6131 3939302
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Website: www.journalismus.uni-mainz.de