This degree enhances students' knowledge of media theory and media practice, giving them the opportunity to engage with in-depth media research and contemporary media theory and explore creative production. The degree allows students to select a range of electives, including practical options (such as narrative literary journalism and political journalism) to more theoretical offerings (such as Media and the Public Domain and South African Public Rhetoric). All students complete a core course, Media Theory and Media Research, which prepares them for the main focus of the degree, their original academic dissertation OR their creative project.

126 NQF credits


Convenor

A/Prof. Martha Evans


Admission requirements

(a) Faculty requirements are set out under rule FH3

(b) Specialisation requirements:

  • Completion of a three-year BA degree or equivalent degree with a strong emphasis on journalism or media or closely related disciplines.
  • A portfolio of media work and details of relevant media experience
  • Applicants should score an average of seventy percent (70%) for their media studies major or for a major from a cognate discipline, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Prescribed curriculum:

Honours students are required to complete a research essay or creative production plus four taught courses at HEQSF level 8 (4000-level).

Compulsory (Core) courses  

NQF credits    

HEQSF level  

 

FAM4008F 

 

Media Theory and Media Research (and one of the following) 

24 

 

FAM4009H 

 

Media Research Project, OR

30 

 

FAM4012H

 

Media Creative Project

30 

Elective courses:

Three courses from the recommended list below:

Recommended Courses Include: 

NQF credits    

HEQSF level  

 

FAM4007F 

 

Narrative Literary Journalism                                                  

24 

 

FAM4017F 

 

Advanced Television Analysis 

24 

 

FAM4010F 

 

Media & Brand Management

24 

 

FAM4011F/S 

 

Media Internship 

24 

 

FAM4013F 

 

Political Communication 

24 

 

FAM4014S 

 

Political Journalism 

24 

 

FAM4018S 

 

Crisis Communication in Africa

24 

 

FAM4036S 

 

Film and Environment 

24 

 

FAM4041S 

 

Media and the Public Domain 

24 

 

AXL4405S 

 

Visual Anthropology 

24 

 

FAM4031S

 

 

South African Public Rhetoric

 

24 8

 

FAM4042S 

 

Media, Development and the Environment

 

24

 

 

8

 

FAM4004S

Race and Gender in Popular Culture

 

24 8