The School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of the Witwatersrand is a vibrant intellectual and cultural hub located in the heart of Johannesburg. Staffed by world leaders in language, literature and media studies, it offers opportunities to pursue postgraduate academic degrees and a range of professional qualifications. The School has an excellent international reputation and participates in exchanges with universities across the world.
Degrees are offered at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level, and it is possible to register for some of these degrees now, beginning your studies mid-year 2013.
Our postgraduate degrees in Languages are African Languages, English, French, Italian, German and South African Sign Language. Each offers close study of the language as well as exploration of the culture in which it is embedded and its use in literary and filmic works. Linguistics explores a wide range of languages and language-related topics – from formal analyses of sounds, words and sentences to more applied investigations of the relationship between language and the mind, language and the computer, language acquisition as well as the intersections of language, gender and sexuality.
There are two strands in Literature studies: English and African Literature. The former entails the study of world literature written in English, in all genres and historical periods, and in different national contexts. Courses range from Medieval Literature and Postmodernism to Creative Writing and Theories of Literature. African Literature focuses on literature written in Africa by Africans or citizens of the diaspora. The Department is the only one of its kind in the world. It is possible to combine English and African literary studies in your degree.
The Department of Media Studies considers the flow and effects of media messages in the contemporary world. Rather than teaching the practice of media, this is an analytical discipline focused on the changing patterns of message dissemination in the contemporary world.
The School also offers degrees in Creative Writing. The Honours degree is workshop-based and includes courses in short fiction, dramatic writing and creative non-fiction. The MA is a two-year, part-time degree. Several graduates have gone on to publish manuscripts with reputable publishing houses. The Department now offers established writers the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing.
Wits Journalism is a programme for aspirant and working journalists and offers two streams: a career-entry route for graduates who want to become journalists, and a mid-career route for working journalists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge. In addition there is a Masters option with specialisations in financial and investigative journalism, radio, writing, politics and development communication.
Publishing Studies is a professionally oriented course that prepares students for a career in publishing, and develops the skills and knowledge of those employed by publishing companies.
Translating and Interpreting Studies prepares its graduates, theoretically and practically, for the realities of a multi-lingual country and world. As a field of study it opens up many academic and professional possibilities.
Financial aid opportunities available. Greatly reduced international fee. Part-time students now eligible for three-year visitor’s permit from the Department of Home Affairs.