Curriculum for AY16/17


Students who matriculated in Academic Year 2016/17 are required to complete 35 AUs under the Core category. The following are compulsory Core courses students must take to graduate:


Foundations of Communication Studies

3 AUs


Basic Media Writing

3 AUs


Speech and Argumentation

3 AUs


Theories of Visual Communication and their applications


3 AUs


Media Law, Ethics and Policy

3 AUs


Foundation of Information Analytics

*New* as core for students matriculating in 2016 (was elective previously)

3 AUs




Web Design and Technologies 

*NEW* as core for students matriculating in 2016 (was elective previously)

3 AUs


Professional Internship

11 AUs


Final Year Project (FYP)

12 AUs



Core Electives or Prescribed Electives (PEs)

Students who matriculated in Academic Year 2016/17 are required to complete 35 Academic Units(AUs) of Core Electives/Prescribed Elective, within the duration of the four-year degree programme.


Of the 35 AUs, at least 20 AUs must be upper-level PEs as opposed to lower-level ones. Since upper level courses are 4 AUs each, this means you will have to take a minimum of 5 upper-level PEs. You may take more than 20 AUs of upper-level PEs if you wish to. This requirement is applicable to all students matriculated from AY 2014_15.


GER-CORE (applicable for non USP CS students)

Students who matriculated from AY2014/15, take 14 AUs of GER-CORE courses within the duration of their degree programme. "GER" stands for "general education requirement' and GER-CORE courses are 'breadth' courses for all NTU students.


For Communication Studies (CS) students, requirements for GER-CORE courses are:

- 3 AUs (i.e. one course) from Singapore Studies category- CS0209 Media Law, Ethics & Policy

- 6 AUs (i.e. two courses) from the Communication Skills category- CS0201 Foundations of Communication
and CS0204 Basic Media Writing

- The five 1 AU online courses:

o   HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning

o   GC0001 Sustainability

o   ET0001 Entrepreneurship & Innovation

o   ML0001: ​ Absolute Basics for Career  

o   ML0002: Career Power Up!     



 three sub-categories:

o            LA: Liberal Arts

o           STS: Science, Technology & Society

o           BM: Business Management


All students need to complete a total of 15 AUs of GER-PEs. Of the 15 AUs, you must take at least 3 AUs from each sub-category, and the remaining 6 AUs can be from any of the sub-categories.

Curriculum requirements for students admitted in AY 2016-17

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*The 10 AUs are for the following GER-CORE courses:      

o   CS0201 Foundations of Communication Studies

o   CS0204 Basic Media Writing

o   CS0209 Media Law, Ethics and Policy

o   GC0001 Intro to Sustainability- Multidisciplinary approaches & solutions


**The 2 AUs are for the following 1 AU online courses:

  • HY0001 Ethics and Moral Reasoning
  • ML0001: ​ Absolute Basics for Career                             


***The 2 AUs are for the following 1 AU online courses:

  •  ET0001 Enterprise & Innovation
  • ML0002 Career Power Up!


# Although the requirement is for students to take a minimum of 20 AUs of upper level PEs and a maximum of 15 AUs of lower level PEs, students who cannot clear the stipulated number of lower level PE AUs by the end of Year 2 can continue to take lower level PEs in Year 3 capped at 15 AUs.





The normal load for a semester is 16 AUs. If students wish to take additional courses beyond the normal load, please complete the course overloading form downloadable from the following site:​


All completed forms are to be submitted to Wee Kim Wee Student Services Centre at Level 4.  Do note that requests for overloading will be considered on a case-by-case basis.​​​​​​​