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General qualification outline

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Every BA Humanities degree is different and you will seldom find two degrees the same. Nevertheless, there is a general structure to them.

  • First Year in General BA Qualification:

In first year students take four subjects per semester, each a prerequisite to the acquiring of the two chosen majors.

  • Second Year in General BA Qualification:

In second year, students take three courses per semester, four major courses and two electives.

  • Third Year in General BA Qualification:

In third year students take two courses per semester both of which are their majors.

If you decide to do three majors in second year, your two additional courses will be for your third major, and in third year you will also have to take three courses per semester for all three majors.

Within the specialisation below you can see examples of the type of content students would cover within the qualification:

Film & Media at the University of Cape Town

  • Media and Society
  • Analysing Film and Television
  • Writing and Editing in the Media
  • Media, Power and Culture
  • Introduction to the History of Cinema
  • Television Drama: Theories and Genres
  • The Media in South Africa
  • Advanced Media Studies
  • Advanced Film Studies
  • Film in Africa

Film & Television at the University of Witwatersrand

  • Visual Storytelling
  • Image Creation
  • Directing Fiction
  • Documentary  Filmmaking
  • Music Video Research Project
  • Sound Design & Studio Production
  • Cinematography and Post Production
  • Digital Animation and Digital Art theory
  • Experimental Film
  • Fact/Fiction: Blurring the Boundary
  • Creative Arts Management
  • Scriptwriting (various options)

What to expect at Wits University

Depending on the institution you study at you will learn about everything that encompasses this industry. It is also up to you which subjects you want to major in. For example, if you choose to focus on the film route then your qualification can be more focused on the content geared to film. The same will apply if you choose the media route.