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

Combine technical and creative skills in game design.

The BA in Digital Arts degree brings together the creative and technical aspects of game creation.

You will learn a variety of skills, including technical development and programming, illustration, animation, writing, and sound design. You will also learn about game history and theory, game mechanics, programming, puzzle design, Level design, character design, and much more.

As the degree progresses, you may choose to specialise in Animation, Writing and Interactivity or Interactive Art.

This multidisciplinary programme is offered to students from the School of Electrical and Information Engineering.


First Year
Film, Visual and Performing Arts IA AND IB
– Key Concepts in Game Design IA AND IB
– Digital Arts Project IA AND IB
– One pair of electives from the WSoA
– Two BA semester courses
– One BA year course

Second year
– Digital Art Theory IIA AND IIB
– Introduction to Game Creation IIA AND IIB
– Digital Art Design Project
– Digital Art Practice IIA
– Two BA semester courses
– One BA year course

Third year
– Digital Art Theory IIIA AND IIIB
– Game Design IIIA AND IIIB

plus two of the following units:
– Writing
– Music and Literacy Skills
– Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIA AND IIIB
– Music Composition Studies IIIA and IIIB
– Introduction to Principles of Animation
– Introduction to Worldwide Web as Creative Medium

Fourth year
– Research Project
– Long Essay
– Digital Arts Theory
– Digital Arts Project

PLUS, one of the following units:
– Digital Animation
– Advanced Animation
– Experimental Animation
– Advanced Game Design
– Experimental Narratives
– Applied Concepts in Interactive Media Practice
– Writing and Interactivity IV

Admission Requirements

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

Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Additional Selection Criteria
– You will be required to attend a digital arts workshop.

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 programme include:
– Animator
– Game Developer
– Systems Administrator
– Game Writer
– VR Developer

Tuition Fees Details
    [ID] => 1631
    [key] => field_5a5d9edc676a4
    [label] => Tuition Fees Duration
    [name] => tuition_fees_duration
    [prefix] => acf
    [type] => select
    [value] => /year
    [menu_order] => 49
    [instructions] => 
    [required] => 0
    [id] => 
    [class] => 
    [conditional_logic] => 0
    [parent] => 169
    [wrapper] => Array
            [width] => 50
            [class] => 
            [id] => 

    [choices] => Array
            [/year] => /year
            [/month] => /month
            [/trimester] => /trimester
            [/semester] => /semester
            [for the full programme] => for the full programme

    [default_value] => Array

    [allow_null] => 0
    [multiple] => 0
    [ui] => 0
    [ajax] => 0
    [return_format] => value
    [placeholder] => 
    [_name] => tuition_fees_duration
    [_valid] => 1
Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,129
Tuition Fees for International students: $7,563

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R47,440
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R114680
(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
Thandi Kente
School Administrator
  • No similar programmes found.