The School of Journalism & Mass Communications was established in 1991. It is housed in a six-storey neoclassical building in the centre of Thessaloniki. During the early years of its foundation, the School operated under an autonomous status, but in 2013 it was annexed to the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences.
The School integrates a balanced blend of compulsory core modules and elective modules. Currently, it offers a full-time, four-year undergraduate programme (eight semesters) with two main specialisations, a) journalism, and b) mass communications. To graduate from the School of Journalism & Mass Communications, students have to attend and successfully complete forty-eight (48) courses (18 core courses, 6 compulsory courses related to the selected specialisation, 20 elective courses related to the selected specialisation and 4 free elective courses), which carry 240 ECTS credits. Students can select an internship in a wide variety of journalism/communications work sites, which carries 5 ECTS credits, and is equivalent to one elective course belonging to the selected specialisation. A final year dissertation is compulsory and carries 12 ECTS credits. Assessment is based on written or oral examinations, as well as written assignments and projects.
The School also offers two newly-establishedfull-time postgraduate programmes in Journalism and in Communication, each leading to three different pathways, taught in Greek. Also, since 2015, a full-time English-language Master’s program has been established in the areas of Digital Media, Communication and Journalism, offering three distinct pathways.The school also offers PhD programmes in a variety of research areas matching the needs of current and prospective students.
The School cooperates through the European student-and-staff exchange programme Erasmus+ with 53 Universities in 21 countries of the European Union, thus contributing to the overall European student and teaching staff exchange and it is one of the very few Schools at Aristotle University which offers a international Erasmus programme in English, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
More than 400 students study in all programmes of the School. The students actively participate in placementprogrammes in Greece and abroad which qualifies them for employment in journalism and mass communications, both in the public and private sectors. The School encourages the co-operation of students with local and national media, by producing radio and television programmes aired during prime time.
The facilities of the School include the library and a number of laboratories, the Media Informatics laboratory, the Electronic Media laboratory, the Social Media laboratory, the Peace Journalism laboratory, the Cultural and Visual Studies laboratory and the Digital Marketing and Communication Strategies laboratory.
The main premises of the School are located on 46,Egnatia street. The Media Informatics and the Electronic Media laboratoriesare housed in Pavilion 1 of the Thessaloniki International Fair, opposite the main University campus. Some courses are also held in the Law School Building, within the main campus.