Study Program


Curriculum is the essential thing of the study program. This book exposes Curriculum of Undergraduate Program of the Department of Communication Science (DIKOM) UGM, especially in regular undergraduate program. Curriculum of 2021 is an improvement from the prior curriculum, that is Curriculum of 2016. The curriculum of 2021 is ready to be implemented in the academic year of 2021/2022 until the academic year of 2025/2026.

The basis of the design of this curriculum is based on the Strategic Plan (Renstra) DIKOM. According to Renstra, the vision of DIKOM is to be a reputable communication education institution that is critical, creative, ethical, internationally reputable as well as taking a role and crafting a well informed society in 2025. On Renstra DIKOM it explains more that an Undergraduate Program is directed to be an undergraduate program in communication science that is internationally reputable which contributes to academic and practice aspects. Generally, graduate from undergraduate program is directed to be: (1) Junior Communication Researcher; and (2) A skilled Bachelor who suits the needs of communication professional service.

According to the above vision, this curriculum is designed based on the assessments in many related aspects. This assessment includes:  A way to develop communication curriculum in Indonesia (1), curriculum of other communication programs in Indonesia and abroad (2), the needs of the communication industry (3), graduate that is expected (Tracer Study) by User Study. (4) and learning experience from students (5), as well as the development of curriculum DIKOM UGM (6).

Year I : The Foundation of Communication Science
In this year, students started to be introduced to the various foundations of communication science, both in theoretical and practical aspects.

Semester I
In the first semester, students are introduced to various theoretical courses and basic practices. Students are expected to understand the landscape of communication science as well as be able to perform basic practice such as writing and public speaking.

Semester II
In this second semester, students continue to understand the foundation of science. Students are expected to understand communication theory, communication industry map, as well as have the ability in basic communication (writing, photography, videography, editing).

Year II: Variety of Arenas and Specializations in The Field of Communication
In this second year, students are introduced to how communication science relates with other fields in the middle of society. Students also get a chance to choose one out of two concentrations

Semester III
In this semester, students are introduced to the variety of communication arenas in a more specific way, including the specific field of communication, namely creative media, journalism, and communication strategist. Students are expected to begin to have research and entrepreneurship, as well as recognize their potential to continue on one of concentration in semester IV.

Semester IV
In this semester, students have selected one concentration out of two offered, namely creative media and journalism, as well as strategic communication. Students are expected to master their preferred concentration both theoretically and practically.

Year III: Communication in the Middle of Society
In the third year, students are given flexibility to develop themselves by studying communication science in a more specific way based on their subject concentration. Students are expected to understand the dynamic of communication in the middle of society by taking elective courses and MBKM’s programmes, such as internship, research, entrepreneurship, and others. In semester VI, students are expected to have designed their undergraduate thesis as well as conduct community service in the KKN programme.

Year IV: Final Task
In this last year,students will complete an undergraduate thesis individually as the final task in the lecture process under the guidance of the thesis supervisor.

In general, the curriculum structure of 2021 DIKOM UGM will be used for 8 semesters with a target of 144 credits. This structure consists of Compulsory and Elective Courses. In semester I to semester III, students take compulsory course packages. This course is a compulsory course at the university, faculty and department levels.

The Curriculum of 2021 amends the prior curriculum structure that divides the subject of concentration into four interests: journalism, entertainment media, advertising, and public relations. Based on the studies conducted, these four concentrations are no longer relevant. Therefore, the study program decided to have two concentrations in curriculum 2021, namely Creative Media & Journalism; and Strategic Communication. In semester IV, students are given the opportunity to choose 1 concertation out of 2 concertations by taking a compulsory concentration course. For example, students who choose Strategic Communication as the major concentration will study courses in the field of advertising and public relations.

In the third year, in addition to taking elective courses, students also get the opportunity to participate in the Merdeka Belajar-Kampus Merdeka (MKBKM). In semester 6, students are directed to start designing their undergraduate thesis by taking a thesis proposal. This helps students to complete their study on time. Furthermore, students are expected to complete the thesis in semester VII or semester VIII with a maximum study period until semester X.

Semester 1Semester 2
Type of CoursesTotalCreditType of CoursesTotalCredit
Compulsory University Course 47Compulsory University Course12
Compulsory Faculty Course39Compulsory Faculty Course26
Compulsory Department Course39Compulsory Department Course515
Semester 3Semester 4
Type of CoursesTotalCreditType of CoursesTotalCredit
Compulsory Department Course824Compulsory Department Course29
Compulsory Concentration Course615
Semester 5Semester 6
Type of CoursesTotalCreditType of CoursesTotalCredit
Elective Course618Elective Course618
Thesis Proposal13
Semester 7Semester 8
Type of CoursesTotalCreditType of CoursesTotalCredit
1Religious Study2
2National Ideology2
4Student Orientation1
5Academic Writing2
6Community Service3
1Basic of Social Science3
2Introduction to Political Science3
3Indonesian Social and Political History3
4Indonesian Social Political System3
5Social Research Method3
1Introduction to Communication Science

2Public Communication3
3Academic Writing3
4Communication Science3
5Communication Psychology 3
6Communication Industry3
7Creative Writing3
8Communication Practicum3
9Quantitative Research 3
10Communication Sociology3
11Digital Communication and New Media3
12Communication Ethic and Policy
13Communication Entrepreneurship3
14Variety of Communication Arenas3
15Introduction to Creative Media & Journalism3
16Introduction to Strategic Communication3
17Qualitative Research3
18Communication Science Philosophy 3
19Thesis Proposal3
1Multimedia Ecosystem3
3Content Production3
4Multiplatform Media3
5Creative Media Programming3
6Media Management3
1Communication Strategic and Organizational Sustainability3
2Strategic Planning3
3Content Production Strategy3
4Media for Strategic Communication3
5Public and Market Behaviors3
6Communication Strategic Management 3
1Media Literacy3
2Communication & Gender3
3Film Studies3
4Communication Disaster3
5Client Management3
6Social Advertising3
7Journalistic and Creative Photography3
8Government Relations3
9Crisis Communication3
10Political Communication3
11Brand Management3
12Marketing PR3
13Celebrity Studies3
14Audience, Fans & Fandom Studies3
15Communication & CSR Relationships 3
16Communication, Art, and Tradition3
17Communication and Conflict Resolution3
18Communication & Social Changes 3
1Media & Youth Culture3
2Digital Video Game Studies3
3Media and Performance3
4Cinema in Southeast Asia3
5Journalism Studies3
6Entertainment Studies3
7Variety of Communication Research3
8Advertising Studies3
9Public Relation Studies3
10Comic and Animation Studies3
11Big Data Analysis3
12Social Media Analysis3
13Data Journalism3
14Public Service Media Studies

15Capita Selecta of Communication Science3
16Communication Contemporer Cases3
17Contemporer in Media & Arts3
18Pop Music Studies3