Undergraduate Programmes on Offer

The Faculty Office reserves the right to withdraw select programmes from offer in any given year. For more information, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus or contact us.

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide variety of undergraduate programmes in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Performing and Creative Arts. These include:

Programme Type Programme Abbreviation Programme Code Minimum Duration NQF Exit Level
Higher Certificates Higher Certificate in Adult and Community Education & Training  HCert(ACET) HU052 1 NQF 5
Advanced Certificates Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching AdvCert(FPT) HU048 1 NQF 6
Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Teaching AdvCert(IPT) HU045 1 NQF 6
Advanced Certificate in Senior Phase Teaching AdvCert(SPT) HU043 1 NQF 6
Diplomas Diploma in Music Performance DMP HU021 3 NQF 7
Diploma in Theatre and Performance Dip(T&P) HU020 3 NQF 7
Advanced Diplomas Advanced Diploma in Music AdvDip(Music) HU046 1 NQF 7
Advanced Diploma in Opera AdvDip(Opera) HU047 1 NQF 7
Advanced Diploma in Theatre AdvDip(Theatre) HU050 1 NQF 7
Advanced Diploma in Adult and Community Education & Training AdvDip(ACET) HU051 1 NQF 7
Advanced Diploma in School Leadership & Management AdvDip(SLM) HU053 1 NQF 7
General Degrees Bachelor of Arts BA HB003 3 NQF 7
Bachelor of Social Sciences BSocSc HB001 3 NQF 7
General Degree Specialisations Bachelor of Arts specialising in Film and Media Production BA(F&M) HB054 3 NQF 7
Structured Degrees Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics BSocSc(PPE) HB027 3 NQF 7
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art BA(FA) HB008 4 NQF 8
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance BA(T&P) HB014 4 NQF 8
Bachelor of Music BMus HB010 4 NQF 8
Bachelor of Social Work BSW HB063 4 NQF 8

Programme Details

The Higher Certificate in Adult and Community Education and Training [HCert(ACET)] is a one-year entry level qualification which is intended to provide learners with basic introductory knowledge, cognitive and conceptual tools and practical techniques to enable further study in ACET. It aims to develop learners who are capable of applying such knowledge and competence as adult education, training and development practitioners.

Applicants shall not be admitted as candidates for the certificate unless they have a National Senior Certificate or a Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) or an appropriate Level 4 Certificate in Adult Education and Training.

For more information of the curriculum of the Higher Certificate in Adult and Community Education and Training, please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook.

For admission requirements for the Higher Certificate in Adult and Community Education and Training, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

You may contact the School of Education more information on this programme.

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The Diploma in Theatre and Performance [Dip(T&P)] programme is a three year intensive vocational training for stage performance and/or dance teaching.  A very limited number of applicants are admitted each year into this programme and it is specifically intended for candidates who wish to take professional studies in Theatre and Performance and make careers in the dance, theatre and related industries. The programme includes some courses from the academic major in Theatre & Dance Studies but its main emphasis is practical.

The programme offers the following orientations: Acting (Stage); Dance Performance (Contemporary, African, Ballet); Performance Making (Theatre Making or Choreography); and Pedagogy/Applied Performance (Education/Teaching). Please note: Not all orientations are offered every year.

You may visit The Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies website or contact them by email for more information on this programme.

The Diploma in Music Performance [DMP] programme  is a three year intensive vocational training for performing musicians. This qualification offers a similar practical curriculum to that of the Bachelor of Music but excludes some of the academic subjects prescribed for the degree programme. It is designed to prepare students for careers in particular practical curriculum specialisations or streams.

The programme offers the following orientations: Classical, Jazz Studies, African Music, World Music, and Opera.

You may visit The South African College of Music website or contact them by email for more information on this programme.

For more information of the curriculum of the above diplomas, please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook.

For admission requirements for the diplomas, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

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General Degrees are suitable for students with a general interest in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who wish to construct their own course of study rather than being committed to a prescribed set curriculum.

The Bachelor of Arts [BA] and Bachelor of Social Science [BSocSc] degrees offer a flexible degree structure spread over a minimum of three years of full-time study. These degrees require students to study at least two approved majors (i.e. a specialised study taken to third -ear level). While specific courses are required per major, outside the majors students have the freedom to choose from a wide range of courses as electives.

The general degree structure is also adaptable, in that students may change majors as they go along, based on their experience of their courses.

Students enrolling for a general degree will take at least 20 semester courses; of these, eight to ten semester courses will form part of two majors selected from the lists below.

Bachelor of Arts majors

Bachelor of Social Science majors

Majors offered through other faculties**

African Languages & Literatures

Afrikaans

Arabic Language & Literature

Business French*

Chinese Studies

Classical Studies

Dance

English

Film & Television Studies

French*

German

Hebrew Language & Literature

History

Italian

Linguistics

Media & Writing

Music

Portuguese

Spanish

Theatre & Dance Studies

Visual and Art History

Xhosa Communication

African Studies

Anthropology

Economics

Gender Studies

Industrial Sociology*

Philosophy

Politics and Governance

Psychology

Social Development

Sociology*

The Study of Religions

Applied Biology

Applied Mathematics

Applied Statistics

Archaeology

Astrophysics

Biochemistry

Chemistry

Computer Science

Ecology & Evolution

Environmental & Geographical Science

Genetics

Geology

Human Physiology

Informatics

Law

Marine Biology

Mathematics

Mathematical Statistics

Ocean & Atmosphere Science

Organisational Psychology

Physics

*Students will not be permitted to enrol for the following combinations of majors:

  • French and Business French
  • Sociology and Industrial Sociology

**Students can also choose one major from the list of majors offered by departments outside the Faculty, but must enrol for at least one major in either the Arts or Social Sciences.

For more information on majors please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook

Which general degree should you choose?

  • Students who select both majors from the list of Bachelor of Arts majors will register for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Students who select both majors from the list of Bachelor of Social Science majors will register for a Bachelor of Social Science degree.
  • Students who select one major from each list will choose to register for either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Social Science degree.

For more information on the Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Social Science degrees, including admission requirements, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

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Structured Degree Programmes are special combinations of disciplines and courses which have been curated to provide you with a particular knowledge and skills base. Every programme is made up of specific, pre-set courses for each year of study, and every year of study builds on the knowledge and skills developed during the previous year.

Structured Degrees are suitable for students with an interest in specific aspects of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who wish to follow a structured course of study, are reasonably sure of their interests and willing to commit themselves to a tightly-structured curriculum. It is possible to change from certain named degree programmes to a general degree programme during the course of study.

Structured Degrees in the Humanities

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art [BA(FA)]

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance [BA(T&P)]

Bachelor of Music [BMus]

Bachelor of Social Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics [BSocSc(PPE)]

Bachelor of Social Work [BSW]

For more information of the curriculum of the above structured degrees, please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook.

For admission requirements for the structured degrees, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus.

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The extended programmes of study are offered to South African applicants who show the potential to succeed with additional academic support. Applicants are considered on the basis of their performance in the National Benchmark tests, their faculty points score, and on their educational background. These programmes are placement programmes, meaning that you apply to the university for the mainstream equivalent degree, and if you are eligible for admission to the extended programme, you will be offered a place in it.

The Humanities extended general degrees [BA and BSocSc] are run by the Humanities Education Development Unit (Hum EDU). The extended programme of study leads to a Bachelor of Arts [BA] or Bachelor of Social Science [BSocSc], but is structured over four years.

Students registered for the extended BA or BSocSc programmes of study receive additional academic support through two introductory Humanities courses in their first year. They also receive additional tutorial support through courses which augment their semester subject courses in both their first and second year of study. As additional academic support is not available in Economics, Law or majors offered by the Faculty of Science (with the exception of Environmental and Geographical Science), students registered for the extended programmes of study will not be able to pursue majors in these subjects.

If you are accepted into either the 3-year BA or BSocSc programmes, and you would like to move into the 4-year program, this is possible - you can apply to the Director of the Hum EDU to be moved into the 4-year programme. In addition, students initially admitted into the 3-year degree who fail 3 or more courses in their first semester are advised by the Faculty to join the 4-year degree in the second semester.

For more information on the extended BA or BSocSc programmes, please visit the Humanities Education Development Unit (Hum EDU) website, or contact them by email.

Similar extended programmes of study are available in the Performing and Creative Arts academic cluster, namely: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art [BA(FA)], Bachelor of Music [BMus] and Diploma in Music Performance [DMP]. For more information on these programmes, please contact the Michaelis School of Fine Art or the South African College of Music

For more information on the curriculum of the extended degree programmes, please see the Humanities Undergraduate Handbook.

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A guide to undergraduate studies in Humanities at UCT