School of Media Studies

Visual Communication

School of Media Studies

A Certificate Course in News Reading for Television 


The seed was sown by Fr. A. J. Thamburaj, S.J., when he began 'Loyola Art Club' in the 1970s. Soon, the 'Club' grew into the Loyola Institute of Visual Communication (LIVCOM), offering a two-year Diploma in Visual Communication as an evening programme from the year 1979. The welcome the programme received from the media industry led the Loyola management to go in for a full-fledged Degree in Visual Communication. Thanks to the efforts of Fr. Jeyapathy Francis, S.J., then Director and his committed staff of Culture and Communication, Loyola College. Loyola became the first college to offer a Degree programme in the whole of India, and perhaps in Asia. That was in June 1989.

The Department started offering M.Sc. Visual Communication from the year 2004. Now the department offers B.Sc. Visual Communication (shift-I and shift-II) and M.Sc. Visual Communication (shift-II) with the strength of over 350 students.

The Department started offering yet another course, M.A. Media Arts (Oodakha Kalaihal) from 2006. Thanks to the efforts of Fr. Rajanayagam S.J., and his colleagues. The medium of instruction is 'Tamil' the vernacular of the region. The course aims at giving opportunity to the talented youth with a rural background to get trained as professionals for the Tamil media world.

The Department started another bachelor's degree in Multimedia & Animation (BMM) in the year 2014. Unique of its kind which offers industry oriented specialised major core subjects on Animation, Gaming, Graphic design, VFX and related subjects. Though it is a highly sought after degree course in animation, the total number of seats are 50 only.

The department is now housed in a well-designed building 'School of Media Studies' with the necessary facilities. Today LOYOLA VISCOM is proud to have spread its roots and wings all over the world through its alumni. You would bump into our alumni in every nook and corner of the world doing wonders in the media.

The Department is committed to train culture conscious, development oriented, socially responsible citizens and committed media professionals.


The Department has made innovations and hands-on methods of learning as its hallmark. Besides classroom instruction, students are constantly encouraged to attend/organise seminars, workshops and campaigns.




Rev Dr A Irudayaraj SJ

Head of the Department,
Department of Visual Communication,
Loyola College (Autonomous),
Chennai - 600 034.
Tel: +91 44 2817 8200 (Ext.335)