WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,811 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BA)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:Kingsway Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The aim of the qualification is to develop students‟ applied competence in Journalism. Applied competence implies the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and application of communication principles related to the context of Journalism within relevant sectors of the electronic and print media and the broadcasting industry.

Furthermore, students will develop the ability to internalise, reflect on and communicate strategic decisions and applications effectively through the correct and suitable use of scientific language and technical terminology associated with Journalism.

The qualification will facilitate effective learning through the exposure to and application of appropriate learning styles, thereby enabling them to navigate and holistically manage the dynamic context of Journalism.


First Year

Journalism 1A&1B

Applied Journalism 1A&1B

Third major 1A&1B

Communication 1A&1B or

Elective 1A & 1B if Communication is selected as a major

English 1C&1D or elective 1A&1B African Insights

Second Year

Journalism 2A&2B

Applied Journalism 2A&2B

Third major 2A&2B

Communication 2A&2B or Elective 2A&2B if Communication is selected as a major

Third Year

Journalism 3A&3B

Applied Journalism 3A&3B

Third major 3A&3B

Majors: A language (Afrikaans and English), *Communication, Economics, Politics and Sociology.

Alternative Majors: A language (French, Greek, isiZulu, Latin (not offered in 2019), Modern Greek  and Sepedi), Linguistics, Theory of Film and Television Studies and Historical Studies. (These subjects are available to students to choose from, on condition that there are no time table clashes.)

Electives: A language (Afrikaans and English), *Communication (two year compulsory elective), Economics, Historical Studies, Politics and Sociology.

Alternative electives: A language (French, isiZulu and Sepedi), Linguistics, Theory of Film and  Television and Philosophy. (These subjects are available to students to choose from, on condition that there are no time table clashes.)

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

– The minimum admission requirement for a diploma and degree programmes is a National Senior Certificate (NSC).

– Prospective students who comply with the minimum legal requirements for admission into a Diploma or Bachelor’s degree programme, but who do not meet the additional faculty specific admission requirements for a particular diploma or degree programme (i.e., they have not met the minimum Admission Points Score), may, upon good cause shown, be granted admission to such programme at the discretion of the Executive Dean concerned. If a prospective student does not meet faculty-specific admission requirements in respect of a module in such a programme that is taught in a faculty other than the faculty in which the programme is offered, the Executive Dean must consult with the Executive Dean of the faculty within which the module resides before admission into the programme is granted.

NSC Suitable for Degree Studies

Minimum APS – 27

Language Requirement (English) – 5

Mathematics – 4


An Admission Point Score of at least 3

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $12
Application Fees for SADC and African Students: $12


Please note the following:

— No application fee will be charged for online applications.

— If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database. This will ensure you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.

An applicant must go to and select online web application.


Paper application forms are available on request at a fee of R200. Please note, there is no payment required for online applications.

NB: If you receive a conditional acceptance letter, your matric results will determine final admission into the programme you have applied for. Only then will you be allowed to register.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Communication officer,
– Journalism,
– Television/film/video producer,
– Digital content creator,
– Digital and social media manager,
– Political communication,
– Media policy and research,
– Media adviser,
– Media planners,
– Market researcher,
– Communication consultant,
– Blogger,
– Writer.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $2,811
Tuition Fees for SADC and African Students: $2,995

*The normal Tuition Fees for South African Students is R46,618

35% of the tuition fees need to be paid by April, and 100% by July.

All students must pay at least R3,870 before they begin their studies while students residing on campus will need to pay at least R6,470 before the begin.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and other African Countries pay a non-refundable ICT levy, a registration fee, and a non-refundable international levy of R2,000.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the rest of the world (outside Africa) pay a non-refundable ICT levy, a registration fee, plus a non-refundable international levy of R17,000

International Levy Amount:
-SADC & Africa – R2,000
-Rest of the World – R17,000

ICT Levy – R430
Registration Fee – R610

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For International Students:
International Student Tuition Fees = Normal Tuition Fee (R46,618) + International Levy (R2,000) + ICT Levy (R430) +Registration Fee (R610) = R49,658‬
-an upfront payment of 30% of tuition fees should be paid at registration.
-then 35% of the tuition fees should be paid by next 30 April.
-and the final 35% of the tuition fees should be paid by 31 July.
The University will offer a 5% discount should all fees be paid at registration.
Fees generally increase between 5 and 15 percent per year. Please contact the University in December to obtain the approved fees for the 2021 academic year.

Relevant Contact

Mrs Emmerentia Breytenbach
Academic Coordinator
Mr Edward Legoale
Undergraduate Faculty Officer