WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,754 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor in Music
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Students develop their practical skills with a jazz or classical music focus, voice for musical theatre is an additional option.

In each of these choices you will encounter music from South Africa as well as international musical genres.

Beyond this chosen practical focus, all students can benefit from learning skills that work across musical genres, such as music technology and studio practice,  omposition and arrangement, and community music-making among others.


First year
– Film, Visual and Performing Arts IA and IB
– Music Literacies and Skills IA and IB
– Music Performance Studies IA and IB
– Two BA semester courses
One BA year course

Second year
– Critical Music Studies IIA and IIB
– Music Literacies and Skills IIA and IIB
– Music Performance Studies IIA and IIB
– Two BA semester courses
– One BA year course

Third year
– Music in History and Society:
– Music and the Theatre
– Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
– Musical Modernisms
– Music in Contemporary Lives
– Composition IIIA and IIIB
– Performance IIIA and IIIB

Choose one of the following courses if only one course was chosen from the specialisations above:
– Performance Arts Management IIIA and IIIB
– Introduction to the World Wide Web as a Creative Media
– Introduction to Principles of Animation

Fourth year
– Music Criticism: Research Project
– Music Business Studies

Choose one of the following specialisations:
– Composition
– Performance
– Community Music
– Long Essay

Choose one course at fourth year Level from the following:
– Composition Theory and Analysis (if not taken in the composition specialisation)
– Music Performance Minor Study
– 3D Computer Based Animation
– Applied Concepts in Interactive Media Practice
– Performing Arts Management

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
Applicants must attend an interview and audition at the Wits School of Arts.
An extended curriculum provides for BMus students and is determined by academic background and performance.

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 Level: A-C | A Level: A-E | AS Level: A-D)

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:
– Arrangement
– Composing
– Conducting
– Education
– Entertainment Law
– Music Journalism
– Music Therapy
– Performance
– Radio/TV/Digital Media
– Recording Industry

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,754
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,508

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R56,920
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R113840
(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

Thandi Kente
School Administrator
Hamisha Bhana
Student Liaison Officer