Bachelor Of Arts Majoring in Media Studies (376 Credits)


The major in Media Studies is designed to help students develop the analytical, critical and creative communication skills required to engage meaningfully with a wide range of media. Building on a robust understanding of media’s political, economic, technological, social and historical contexts, each student will find his/her unique voice through real-world experience provided by contact with industry professionals and practical projects. This qualification introduces a broad scope of potential career paths, including print and online journalism, writing for television, documentary filmmaking, news reporting, advertising, and social media communications. During the first year, the student will also take the foundational set of modules, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include History, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Economics and Leadership Studies. These modules are embedded with the core values of our institution namely inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity.

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent. A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent. A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field.

Alternative Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the NBT. 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 deter-mining 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. January and July intakes.

Time Commitment

  • Three years full-time
  • Up to six years part-time
  • No evening classes On campus only January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here)


  • Information Skills
  • Media Studies I, II and III
  • Psychology I, II and III or Sociology I, II and III
  • English I and II
  • Leadership Studies I and II
  • Philosophy I


Work-Integrated Learning

  • Supervised Media Project

See Yearbook for module descriptions and credits.


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.