Symbiosis Faculty of Media and Communication fosters the highest standard of training and inquiry into the multi-faceted needs of the media and communications industry. Our strong academic programmes are driven by rigour, scholarship and a healthy integration of theory and practice that translate abstract ideas into tangible forms.
Prof. Aparna Hebbani holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Memphis (USA), an MA in Communication from Western Kentucky University (USA), and a BFA (Applied Art) from Sir J. J. School of Applied Art (Mumbai). With over 20 years in the Communication discipline having taught in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, she has secured highly-competitive grants, has an established publication record, and won numerous Dean’s awards for excellence in teaching.
In addition, Prof. Hebbani has a long service record ranging from serving as Director of Graduate programs at the University of Queensland (Australia) to being appointed to UiTM, Malaysia as an Examiner of their Communication Management Program. Through her work in intercultural communication, Prof. Hebbani has served on the Queensland Premier’s Queensland-India Council which advised the Premier about building relations between Australia and India.
Dr. Ruchi Kher Jaggi is a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Pune. She has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses for about 13 years now. Her areas of specialization are Culture Studies, Communication Theories and Qualitative Research Methodology. Her research interests include media representations, popular culture analysis, gender studies, television studies, and emerging discourses of identity on new media. She has authored text books, several book chapters and has published her research work extensively in national and international journals. She is a member of several international consortia on media and communication research as well as is on the editorial boards of reputed journals and conferences.
We are the premier pure-play Media & Communication School nurturing and developing future leaders in the
- creative content generation (MMC) and
- managing creative businesses- MBA(CM).
We bridge the traditional and the contemporary; with our feet on the ground and fingers on the pulse. That is why our curriculum has both research and digital tracks built into it.
We have carefully built an ecosystem that allows for contrasting opinions, methods and processes to co-exist and deliver. Co-locating instruction, exploration, process and instinct, we believe, is a good mix for academic progress.
We are also the largest Post graduate institute in the Media and communication space. Each one of our specialization areas is either ranked 1 or 2 as per published rankings.
Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) established in the year 2004 and started functioning from its temporary location at Symbiosis S. B Road campus. In the year 2006 SID moved to its present location at Viman Nagar campus and became constituent of the University. SID offered a four yearlong Bachelor of Design (B. Des) programme with seven specializations. Eventually one more specialization was added.
SID focused on developing an innovative curriculum embracing international practice of design with Indian flavours. The curriculum is deeply rooted into Indian Craft, Art, Culture and aims at providing design solutions to the world population. SID creates an alcove to germinate design thoughts to unleash design skills on a prosperous dais. This creative dais aims at creating experts who can with their creative impulse get intoxicated within the ecstasy of design finally to participate and contribute to the most vibrant and the competitive profession of design. The work ambience enables one to explore the authentic conventional skills and the ethnic non-conventional skills, with no compromise to lead ahead the rooted traditions of art & craft to grow with the contemporary world of design.
Sanjeevani Ayachit is currently the Officiating Director at the Symbiosis Institute of Design. With a Master’s degree in Clothing and Textiles (M. S. University of Baroda), she has vast experience in the field of design and design-related education and consultancy. On completing her Masters education, she took up employment at the prestigious men’s apparel company Raymond Apparel Ltd. (RAL), Thane, where she oversaw their finishing and quality control department. After spending a few years at RAL, she took up a temporary teaching position at the S. N. D. T College of Home Science, Pune. This was soon followed by a three year period of teaching fashion design at a private institute. She has also worked as Manager – Quality Control at a Pune based apparel brand, Sleepins Apparel Pvt. Ltd. Sanjeevani heads the departments of Fashion Design and Fashion Communication at SID and has previously served as Deputy Director at the Symbiosis Institute of Design for almost 4 years. She is pursuing her PhD at Symbiosis International University examining cross cultural subtleties of costumes of the Peshwas of Pune.
Symbiosis School of Media & Communication, Bengaluru, SSMC-B, has carved a niche in Media and Communication through its MBA program in Communication Management. It has been deemed as the Centre of Excellence in Advertising & Public Relations.
At SSMC-B, learning is a participative and interactive activity. The Curriculum is contemporary, fluid, dynamic and totally industry driven. The state of the art, expansive, inviting ambience of SSMC-B has all the facilities that a top- notch Media and Communication Professional Institute needs. SSMC-B aims to serve the multi-faceted needs of the Media and Communication industry in particular, and the society in general, through education, training, research and advocacy. It seeks to develop competent, responsible and innovative professionals in the practice, development and management of Media and Communication. The academic program is holistic - involving group discussions, case studies, seminars and workshops, live projects, NGO Internships, besides summer and winter Internships. Equal emphasis is laid upon curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Ranked as India's Best Mass Communication College by the annual surveys conducted by India Today & Nielsen Company in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. In 2012, it was ranked as India’s Second Best Mass Communication College. Symbiosis Center for Media & Communication (SCMC), has been successful in carving a niche for itself in the field of Media and Communication education since its inception in 2008.
The definition of media has undergone a radical change in recent times. The shift is not merely technological but that of perception of society about media and the awareness of the potential that lies in the active participation in the creation of media. The potential to transform society by challenging and changing the norms constantly, by resorting to the voice that is present within us, to express what is felt and it is this active expression which makes us human.
At SCMC, we cohere ideas together and give it powerful voice and a shape. This crystal ball of consciousness has the ability to not only see but also bring a positive change in the future through its continuous evolution. Armed with the technology and brewing creativity of relentless contemplation, we pride ourselves to be the leader in media education. Thus, striving to transcend the apogee reached by us every step of the way.
Through our programme, Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), we offer a comprehensive experience through traditional academic learning & research with cyber & experiential learning.
Anupam Siddhartha holds a Master’s Degree in Literature in English with a specialisation in Linguistics. He has also studied films at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Symbiosis International University (SIU).
He has eight years of experience in the print medium, three years in the electronic media and 20 years in education, including 15 years with SIMC. Apart from teaching 21 batches at SIMC, he has delivered guest lectures at the best media schools in the country including Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He is also a resource person for the Film Appreciation Courses offered by the NFAI.
Nithil Dennis has 17 years of combined experience in both academic and industry and holds a Degree in Visual Communication, specialising in Photography from Loyola College, Chennai and a Masters in Electronic Media, specialising in Film and television production from Anna University, Chennai.
Photography is likened to a multi-disciplinary skill. One that calls upon the practitioner to exercise creativity, science and art. And for this art form to flourish, it needs to be taught in a conducive environment and by a faculty worthy of their repute.
Hence under the auspices of Symbiosis International University, a first-of-its-kind venture has taken shape; the Symbiosis School of Photography. A venture as unique as it is bold, the Symbiosis School of Photography was formed with the intent to cultivate talent in this art form and to infuse passion for photography.
The Symbiosis School of Photography offers its students a 3 year Degree programme Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts and Photography). The course is designed with a holistic approach instead of just technical skills.
Situated at the picturesque Lavle hilltop campus in Pune, overlooking a sensational valley, with a spacious indoor studio equipped with advanced equipment, library and a digital post production lab.