This stream aims to equip students with the practical skills required for multimedia journalism production. Key skills include digital recording, field interviewing and research, news writing and news production across different platforms and for different audiences, photography and elementary media production with a focus on print, audio and visual storytelling. In their final semester, students conceptualise, research and create a cohesive body of creative journalistic work in a variety of formats.


 A/Prof Martha Evans


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FILM AND MEDIA PRODUCTION: Multimedia Production [Bachelor of Arts] HB054

Notes for intending Film and Media Production students:

1. Applicants will not be admitted into the Film and Media Production specialisation in their first year. All intending F&MP students are advised to register for the first year of a general Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in Film and Television Studies and Media and Writing.
NOTE: If they wish to be admitted to the stream for Digital Media and Informatics, students should also register for one of the introductory Information Systems or Computer Science courses INF1002F/S OR CSC1015F in their first year.
Intending F&MP students must thus make sure that they are registered for FAM1001F and FAM1000S and, if they wish to apply for the Digital Media and Informatics stream, either INF1002F/S or CSC1015F in their first year. They are also advised to select courses towards additional majors

2. Final selection for this programme is made by a panel and only occurs in the second semester of the second year. Only students selected for the production stage of the programme will be admitted to one of the Foundation Production Skills courses [see Second year (b)]. Entry is competitive and applicants will be judged on the basis of their academic records and portfolios. Candidates may also be interviewed. (Further details about the selection process are available from the Centre for Film and Media Studies.) Students who are not selected for admission to one of these courses will remain registered in the general bachelor’s degree and, providing they have passed the relevant first- and second-year courses, are eligible to continue in the Film and Television Studies and/or Media and Writing majors. Students whose applications for the Production programme are successful will move into the production programme, and their registration will be updated.

3. Students who wish to be considered for selection for the production stage of the programme must apply to the Centre for Film and Media Studies by the stipulated date in May of their second year. To be considered for admission, students are required to submit an approved portfolio containing:

(a) The applicant’s academic transcript indicating an average of at least 65% for the courses completed during the first year of study. Students must have passed at least six 1000-level semester courses in the immediate previous year of study, including:

AND, if they wish to be considered for the Digital Media and Informatics Stream:

• INF1002F/S Information Systems I OR

• CSC1015F Computer Science 1015

(b) A letter of motivation

(c) Examples of creative work

They must also have successfully completed:

Any concessions regarding these stream-specific pre-requisites must be negotiated with the relevant stream convener.

A workshop is held in the first semester of the second year of study to give students guidance in the submission of their application.

4. The programme must include at least 10 senior semester courses.

Note: Students wishing to do an additional major may have to take an appropriate extra semester course in second year.

First year: 8 semester courses 
(144 NQF credits) 

NQF credits   

HEQSF level 

(a) FAM1001F Media and Society 


(b) Seven 1000-level semester courses 


Note: Only students selected for the production stage of the programme will be admitted to the production courses – see notes above regarding the selection process.

Second year: 6 semester courses 
(126 to 144 NQF credits) 

NQF credits 

HEQSF level 

   Including the following: 

   (a)  FAM2000F      Writing and Editing in the Media


    (b)  FAM2017S   Multimedia Production I 


    (c)  FAM2003S        Media, Power and Culture 


Note: Only students selected for the production stage of the programme will be admitted to the production courses – see notes above regarding the selection process.

Third year: 6 semester courses 
(156 to 180 NQF credits) 

NQF credits 

HEQSF level 

(a)   Including the following: 

        FAM3018F/S        Multimedia Production II 


        FAM3019F/S        Multimedia Production III 


        FAM3000F        The Media in South Africa 


        FAM3001S       Advanced Media Studies 


Total NQF credits for degree - 426 to 468