WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,129 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Major
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Explore multiple aspects of filmmaking.
You will benefit from theoretically informed and production-based learning in a range of formats, including documentary and fiction short films, music videos, and experimental film-making, as well as specialised courses in cinematography, postproduction, studio production, and sound design.

The four-year undergraduate programme allows you to interrogate multiple aspects of filmmaking, in addition to specialised technical training.


First year
– Film, Visual and Performing Arts I
– Image Creation I
– Visual Storytelling I
– two BA semester courses
– one BA year course

Second year
– Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIA
– Screen Studies IIB
BOTH of the following:
– Image Creation II
– Visual Storytelling II

Third year
– Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIA&B
– Screen Studies IIIA
– Screen Studies IIIA

Four from the following:
– Directing Fiction (semester I)
– Documentary Filmmaking (semester II)
– Principles of Sound Design (semester I)
– Principles of Studio Production (semester II)
– Screenwriting IIIA
– Screenwriting IIIB
– One appropriate third-year course from WSoA

Fourth year
Five compulsory courses:
– Long Essay: Independent Study
– Research Project: Short Film
– Research Project: Short Formats

Four from the following:
– Fact/Fiction: Blurring the Boundary (semester I)
– Fundamentals of Cinematography (semester I)
– Fundamentals of Post-Production (semester II)
– Experimental Film (semester II)
– Screenwriting IVA
– Screenwriting IVB
Three of the above and one appropriate fourth year course from the Wits School of Arts
Note: BAFT students are required to take Screen Studies IIB and IIIA

Admission Requirements

– APS 34+
– English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Applicants with entry requirements of at least of 30-33 are invited to apply.

Additional Selection Criteria
Applicants have to submit a portfolio and may have to attend an interview.
Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.

International Qualifications
English Language (O/IGCSE Level: A-C | AS Level: A-C | A Level: A-C)

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply.
– Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this course include:
– Director
– Editor
– Film-Maker
– Producer
– Writer

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,129
Tuition Fees for International Students: $6,257

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R47,600
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R95200
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Brett Pyper
Head of School
Blossom Catling
Secretary to Head of School