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Publishing Studies The Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the field of Publishing Studies is a 1 year full-time degree.
Publishing Studies The Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the field of Publishing Studies is a 1 year full-time degree.

Qualification: BA(Hons)

School: Literature, Language and Media

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1 year

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

The focus of the courses is on professional development. During the course you will:

  • develop an informed perspective on contemporary publishing issues in South Africa and the world, and apply this knowledge within specifc publishing contexts
  • develop skills in practical areas such as copy-editing, design, production, sales and marketing
  • achieve an understanding of publishing processes and all the players involved
  • identify and analyse issues affecting the business and management operations of a publishing company build critical, analytic and evaluative skills in communication, teamwork, project management and technology
  • relate legislative and copyright issues to the practice of publishing
  • deal with all these aspects of publishing in terms of both paper book publishing and electronic or digital publishing. 

The programme runs for one year on a full-time basis only; it must be emphasised that full-time implies your full availability for the entire year. You will not be able to hold down a job (except for weekend work) as well as take part in the programme.

In special circumstances, students may be allowed to do the course over two years.

Students are expected to complete five (5) modules successfully in order to obtain the degree. This includes one (1) compulsory module (Research Methods in Psychology); a compulsory Research Essay on an approved topic; and three (3) elective modules, chosen from the clusters of optional modules on offer. It must be noted that in any given academic year only certain modules and/or combinations of these modules may be available.

Honours:

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate

Masters by Dissertation:

  • A bachelors  degree with honours from Wits or another  university with a 65% total mark aggregate
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of  Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application

Doctorate:

  • A masters  degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of  Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application
Additional Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements may apply.

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.