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Are you passionate about the media industry and seeking a comprehensive education that combines theory and practice? 

In today’s digital age, the media industry plays a crucial role in shaping our daily lives, from the news we consume to the entertainment we enjoy. If you’re passionate about media and want to explore its various aspects, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Media Studies at Cornerstone Institute is an ideal choice.  

This programme offers a well-rounded education that combines theory and practice. The BA in Media Studies programme at Cornerstone Institute has a mature and comprehensive curriculum that equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the media field. 



(Minimum 3 years, 384 credits)


  • Duration: Three years Full-time
  • Up to six years Part-time


Contact and Distance mode


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 7; SAQA ID 87406.




One of the programme’s key strengths is its focus on professional ethics and legal regulations governing the media industry in South Africa. Media Studies graduates from Cornerstone Institute are equipped with the necessary skills to apply and defend professional ethics while navigating the legal landscape of the media field. 

Moreover, the programme emphasizes developing research skills, enabling students to conduct independent research using primary and secondary visual and written materials. Students learn to construct cohesive arguments using appropriate academic and professional discourse through this process. 

Practical knowledge is crucial to the BA in Media Studies at Cornerstone Institute. Students can create coherent visual and text-based media messages tailored to specific audiences, contexts, and purposes. This practical knowledge and a solid understanding of fundamental media production principles prepare students for various career opportunities. 

Collaboration and critical analysis are fostered throughout the program. Students engage in group projects and learn to provide and apply critical feedback within a group context. This teamwork cultivates skills that are highly valued in the media industry. 

Cornerstone adopts an interdisciplinary approach to education, allowing students to explore various aspects of Media Studies. This approach provides a broader understanding of the field and prepares students for diverse career paths within the media industry. 

Studying at Cornerstone Institute opens doors to valuable networking opportunities. Cape Town’s media industry is well-connected, and students can attend industry events, guest lectures, and workshops, enabling them to establish connections with professionals and potentially secure future career prospects. 

Cornerstone Institute strongly emphasizes social justice, ethics, and community engagement for those interested in the media’s role in addressing social issues and promoting positive change. Studying Media Studies at Cornerstone Institute can provide a platform to explore these themes within a South African context and potentially positively impact society. 

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at Cornerstone Institute is an excellent choice for those who are passionate about media and want to gain a well-rounded education that combines theory and practice. With its emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to education, practical experience, and networking opportunities, Cornerstone Institute provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career in the media industry. 


Media Studies graduates from Cornerstone Institute can pursue various career opportunities in the media industry. The programme prepares students for roles such as journalist, editorial assistant, event manager, film director, market researcher, marketing executive, media researcher, photographer, writer, digital marketer, media buyer, media planner, public relations practitioner, social media manager, television/film/video producer, and web content manager. 

Cornerstone Institute offers several compelling reasons to choose it for your media studies education. In Cape Town, a vibrant and culturally rich city, Cornerstone Institute is in the heart of South Africa’s thriving media industry. The city serves as a film, television, advertising, and digital media hub, providing students ample opportunities to engage with industry professionals and gain practical experience. 


Don’t just take our word for it. Let’s hear from some of our graduates who have successfully transitioned into the media industry. 

Amy Cupido, a freelance video editor for two production companies, graduated in March 2023 and emphasized the practical preparation provided by Cornerstone.  

She stated, “I interned for a video editor before and throughout my studies, which really gave me the knowledge for this industry.” Amy also appreciated the perseverance and mental fortitude she developed during her university experience, stating, “The aspects of my university experience that have prepared me for this job is the ability to persevere when deadlines are approaching, and I have to break through the mental block to continue.” She enthusiastically recommended studying at Cornerstone, affirming its effectiveness in preparing students for their careers. 

Ammaarah Jacobs, currently employed at a magazine company, graduated in March 2023 and valued the programme’s syllabus and practical opportunities.  

She mentioned, “The content of the syllabus is probably what prepared me best, especially having done fieldwork in my final year. It was a great opportunity to gain experience and network.” Ammaarah also advised fellow students to seek internships early and find their niche within the industry. Reflecting on her experience at Cornerstone, she said, “Cornerstone was definitely a pleasant experience. For an introvert like me, the scale of the classes was ideal, and I felt like I got more attention from lecturers than had I been at a bigger university. Personally, I feel I chose the perfect degree to study, and therefore, was very passionate about learning, and the lecturers were just as passionate about teaching, so the synergy was beautiful.”


Department Lead: Stephen Langtry

Stephen Langtry is the Department Lead for General Education and Media Studies at Cornerstone Institute. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of the Camissa Museum, which focuses on restorative justice and education by telling the stories of the people of the Cape.  

His academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial & Organisational Psychology and Religious Tradition and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, both from the University of Cape Town. Before his current position, he worked as an independent consultant with a diverse clientele, including the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the Western Cape Department of Local Government. 

He previously served as the Campus Registrar at North-West University, Executive Manager to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of North-West, and in various positions at the University of Cape Town. While employed at the Electoral Commission (2005 – 2016), he organized South Africa’s democratic elections and provided technical electoral assistance in other countries.  

Stephen is also a writer, and his work has appeared in various publications such as Agbowó, the Mail & Guardian, and The Johannesburg Review of Books. He is a regular contributor to the UCT News website. 

Adjunct Lecturer: Dr. Brian Pindayi 

Department Administrator: Nicola Cupido

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