Entry into the screen production stream is competitive and is limited to 20-24 students per year. Students accepted into the programme will take the film and television major as well as courses with a strong practical application. The stream includes three semester courses, each with a unique focus that builds on the skills acquired in the previous course. Students enter the programme in the second half of their second year. In the first course, FAM2014S, they will learn the fundamentals of motion picture production. The second course, FAM3016F, gives students the opportunity to play with different genres and to produce an experimental film. In the final course, FAM3017S, students synthesise their practical and conceptual learning through the production of a graduation short film. 

In addition to inputs from CFMS staff members with production experience, industry professionals – who are experts in their respective fields – are invited to offer workshops and master classes on topics related to writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, production design and editing.

Assignments vary between individual and group-based, practical and conceptual. They are designed to give students opportunities for peer-to-peer, collaborative, in-service and action learning. Tasks that prepare students for the demands of working in film, television and online production are included.


Dr Liani Maasdorp


  • Students wishing to register for a general BA or BSocSc degree should refer to Rule FB6 and to the section Guidelines for General BA and BSocSc Degree Programmes.
  • Not all courses are offered every year. Check the relevant departmental entries to see which are on offer.
  • Students must make sure that they meet the entrance requirements for all courses in their programmes.


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 screen production. We strongly advise registering for both to keep options open and maximise learning. 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 after the first 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 of their second year. Information about the application process will be shared to second and third year film and media theory courses. 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 the following:

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.


First year: 8 semester courses 
(144 NQF credits) 

NQF credits   

HEQSF level 


FAM1000S Analysing Film and Television 



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 courses: 

      (a)  FAM2004S  World Cinema: Histories and Movements 


      (b)  FAM2014S   Screen Production I 


      (c)  FAM2013F   Introduction to Screen Genres 


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)   The following: 

        FAM3016F    Screen Production II 


(b) The following Senior Research Project: 

        FAM3017S       Senior Research Project: Screen Production 


(c)   The following two courses: 

        FAM3003S       Advanced Film Studies 


        FAM3005F       Film in Africa 


Total NQF credits for degree - 426 to 468