Bachelor of Arts |
(Minimum 3 years, 384 credits)
- National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
- A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field
- Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- National Benchmark Test (NBT) results
- A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the NBT results
- Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL
- Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT
Applicants in the first category under Alternative Admission Requirements must register for the Extended Programme for Academic Development. The Programme extends the completion of the prescribed subjects over a minimum of four years.
Students who are admitted based on prior learning and who want to complete the degree in three years, but who fail more than 20% of modules taken during the first semester, are required to take the first year over two years.
The BA aims to provide access for those who have completed Grade 12 to a degree programme equipping them with skills to be more effective leaders in the community in the areas of Psychology, Theology, Media Studies, Alternative Education and Sociology and Community Development. In addition to a career path for sociologists, psychologists, and media specialists. The programme is also intended to provide students who are considering a career as teachers to advance to a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with the required teaching subjects at an undergraduate level.
BA students must choose between a major in Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Alternative Education or Media Studies. Each focus has its own specified core and elective modules from the curriculum below. Outcomes are set for each area of focus, as outlined below. Each module within the curriculum also has its own set of outcomes.
Media Studies students who have completed the qualification must be able to:
- Apply critical and theoretical models for analysing a variety of media content and practices in relation to relevant political, economic, technological, social and historical contexts
- Trace the development of media and relate current practices to historical antecedents in South Africa and globally
- Demonstrate an ability to apply and defend professional ethics and the laws that govern the media industry in South Africa
- Conduct independent research, drawing on both primary and secondary visual and written materials, to develop and present a cohesive argument using appropriate academic and professional discourse
- Compose coherent visual and text-based media messages, adapted to clearly defined audiences, contexts and purposes, showing knowledge of fundamental media production principles
- Engage in critical analysis and evaluation of personal creative work in a reflexive mode
- Collaborate with peers to produce media content that demonstrates an ability to both provide and apply critical feedback within a group context.
Bachelor of Arts (NQF 7, 384 credits)
Option 4: Media Studies
(first year; 136 credits)
(second year; 128 credits)
(third year, 120 credits)
- Academic Development I GenEd (16 credits)
- Citizenship 1 consists of four required and two elective modules (48 credits)
- Media Studies I (24 credits)
- English I (24 credits)
- Sociology I (major) or
- Psychology I (major) (24 credits)
- TESOL I (24 credits) can be taken as an extra subject only
- Leadership Studies II (32 credits)
- Media Studies II (32 credits)
- English II (32 credits)
- Continue with Psychology II or Sociology II (32 credits)
- Media Studies III (48 credits)
- Continue with Psychology III or Sociology III (48 credits)
- Practical (24 credits)
For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ towards the end of this document.