Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture Studies

The Master of Arts degree in the field of Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture Studies offers students an opportunity to conduct research that engages with the ways in which the worlds of work and artistic practice increasingly reflect dissolving boundaries between traditional disciplines in the arts,


Masters of Arts by research, Film and Television Programme Code: ARA00

Applications are invited from prospective students wishing to obtain a clearly identifiable Masters degree that reflects the interdisciplinary scope of such research.

The IACS Department offers a Masters by Research (submission of a written dissertation of 40,000 to 45,000 words), and aMasters by Dissertation and Creative Work (a written dissertation with a practical/creative project comprising a minimum of 20,000 words and a practical/creative work that does not constitute more than 50% of the total work).

A student accepted into the Masters programme of study for either degree listed above may register online, or in person at the Faculty of Humanities office, in the designated period in January, April, July, or September in the first year of enrolment.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be in possession of a BA Honours degree (or equivalent) in any cognate field of study. Additionally,

i. An applicant must have an average of at least 65% in the final year of her/his Honours degree or Honours equivalent year of study. 

ii. An applicant must submit

  1. a cover letter/letter of motivation indicating reasons for applying for the MA by Research
  2. a written expression of interest outlining the proposed topic of research 
  3. a scholarly sample of writing for assessment of suitability for MA level of research and writing
  4. curriculum vitae/resumé
  5. academic transcripts of all prior degrees or diplomas. 

iii. Applicants will be required to present themselves for an interview in person, or via telephone or videoconference, to a selection panel.

Additional entry requirements may apply.

University Application Process

  • 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.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site 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.