The NTA TV College was initially established to train and update staff already in the industry. However, the college still offers update courses in the various aspects of Media and Broadcasting. Every year there are basic, intermediate and advanced courses. Many participants are drawn from Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), other public and private media houses as well as private individuals. There have been bankers, lawyers, different entrepreneurs who have participated in one month courses in language, public relations and even marketing. There are general short-term courses and customized courses for institutions, governments and agencies. Certificates are issued at the end of these courses.
Some of the areas available for short courses include: Reporting, online journalism, production, camera operations, non linear editing, Media management, marketing, language and presentation, broadcast engineering, equipment mentainance, etc.
For the regular program, the academic structure of NTA TV College has very high standards in the four departments – General studies, Engineering, TV Journalism and TV Production. For the diploma program, there are two levels of study while the degree program offers four levels ( on admission through UTME) or three levels ( on direct entry).
For these programs, on a general note, the college adopts real classroom teaching / interactive or tutorial sessions. These are complemented by production workshops, practical and field works/ trips.
Students are encouraged to own laptops which facilitate classwork, lecturer-student interaction via the net and other online/digital aspects of their studies in line with digitization of the media across the globe which is the trend.
There are weekly productions which are followed by previews and critique.
Students present term papers and participate in seminars to improve their research skills and public speaking.
In addition, they are exposed to compulsory eight weeks of SIWES (which stands for Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme).
In the final year, they are drilled through the usual project but in written and video productions.
The students, as individuals and as groups, are encouraged to participate in local and international Television and film competitions; notable among these are national film festival and CILECT (a French acronym for Centre International De Liason Des Ecoles De Cinema Et De Television).
Upon graduation, students of TVC are already equipped with the requisite skills, ideas and knowledge to face the challenges of life and more, in an economy faced with recession. One can rarely find products of this institution walking about the streets seeking employment as a good number are identified by producers and media outfits while in school, just waiting for them to graduate. Quite a number foot their own bills as students because they engage in credible ventures through which they earn a living.
Career opportunities for these products range from being a reporter or editor in print or electronic medium. They can function well as PR, marketing or advertising executives. They can make good campaign managers for credible politicians. Some may opt to work with development partners in the area of development communication as field officers/ editors or information officers.
Some graduates have taken up teaching / research appointments with tertiary institutions.
Film directing/ production is an area that has unending opportunities for products of TVC.
To graduate, from a four year program, a student would have passed through a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) credit units in the core department including general studies and electives. For a three year degree program, a minimum of ninety credit hours is required.
The courses offered by the departments make the products of the college to be typical journalists who know a bit of everything.
The General studies courses include, not limited to Nationalism, Environmental health, English and communication skills, history and philosophy of science, moral philosophy, entrepreneurship and innovation, and business creation and growth.
With these, the talents of the students and training they acquire are brought to bear on their interests. Then with proper guidance and exposure to available trending opportunities, they are self sustaining and make good entrepreneurs.
The courses in journalism department span from introductory courses in broadcasting, to theories, laws and ethics to specialised areas as well as practical courses in news production, presentation, online journalism, media marketing and advertising, Pubkic Relations, psychology, language, scripting and publishing and so on. Photojournalism, basic camera operations and editing as well as studio and newsroom management are also given prominence.
Production department gives focus from basic script writing to costumes, editing, animation, aesthetics, set and design, lighting, sound, directing, acting and presentation.
The Engineering department, though offers only diploma programme but produces people who are highly proficient in broadcast engineering. Being exposed to practical studies with state of the art equipment in a model studio, they end up with skills that can compete favourably anywhere. They are also placed in a better position to study same or similar aspects of engineering in any university and prove their mettle.
To show how essential this training school is in modern Nigerian society, graduates of mass communication from other tertiary institutions in the country enrol into NTA TV college Jos for diploma programmes to equip them with relevant practical exposure which they did not in their schools. There is no better reason why you should attend NTA college, Jos. Only an institution that focuses in practicals such as NTA college Jos can equip you with the appropriate knowledge to adapt and excel in today’s competitive environment.
(This article was contributed by Chinelo Ude-Akpe)