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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
Film and Television Whether you’re an aspiring director, a would-be producer, a creative and/or someone who wants to write innovative South African stories for film or television, the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television (BAFT) offers exciting and creative learning opportunities.
Film and Television Whether you’re an aspiring director, a would-be producer, a creative and/or someone who wants to write innovative South African stories for film or television, the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television (BAFT) offers exciting and creative learning opportunities.

Qualification: BAFT

School: Wits School of Arts

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Explore multiple aspects of filmmaking.

You will benefit from theoretically informed and production-based learning in a range of formats, including documentary and fiction short films, music videos, and experimental film-making, as well as specialised courses in cinematography, postproduction, studio production, and sound design.

The four-year undergraduate programme allows you to interrogate multiple aspects of filmmaking, in addition to specialised technical training.

  • Director
  • Editor
  • Film-Maker
  • Producer
  • Writer
First-year
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts 1A AND IB

    Visual Storytelling IA AND IB

    Image Creation IA AND IB

    Level 1000 courses yielding 36 credits

Second-year
  • Image Creation IIA AND IIB
  • Visual Storytelling IIA

Select courses yielding 48 credits from:

  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIA: Storytelling across Media and Cultural contexts
  • Screen Studies IIB, OR
  • History of Arts IIA
  • Critical Music Studies: Concepts and Contexts IIA
Third-year
  • Directing Fiction III
  • Documentary Film-making III
  • Principles of Sound Design III
  • Principles of Studio Production III
  • Screen Writing IIIA AND IIIB
    OR, select one course from the following:
  • Interactive Media IIIA
  • Animation IIIA
  • Theories of Art
  • Introduction to Cultural Policy and Management A
  • Funding Contexts in Cultural and Creative Industries

OR

  • Screen Studies IIIA AND
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIA: Aesthetics Technologies and Commodity Cultures
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IIIB: Medium, Process and Criticality

OR

  • History of Art IIIC AND IIID

OR

  • Music in History and Society III: Musical Modernisms
  • Music in History and Society III: Music in Contemporary Lives

OR

  • Level 3000 courses yielding 36 credits
Fourth-year

Select one course from the following:

  • Long Essay in Film and Television
  • Research Project in Film and Television

Select four courses from the following:

  • • Fact and Fiction IV
  • • Experimental Film IV
  • • Fundamentals of Post-production IV
  • • Fundamentals of Cinematography IV
  • • Screenwriting IVA AND Screenwriting IVB

OR

Select three courses from the list above AND one appropriate fourth-year course from the following:

  • Film Studies IVA AND IVB
  • Digital Humanities
  • Participatory Cultures
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Arts, Marketing: Context, Strategies and Practices
  • Animation IV
  • Interactive Media IV
  • Key Moments in the 20th Century Arts: Tradition and Innovation.
  • Selected topic in Interdisciplinary Arts and Cultural Studies

APS 34+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Wait-listing

An APS of 30-33 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability. Preference is given to higher English results.

Additional Selection Criteria

Consideration for any degree in the Wits School of Arts requires applicants to fulfil the academic entrance criteria set out by the University. In addition, it is required that the applicant successfully complete an interview/audition/portfolio/written assignment at the Wits School of Arts that will take place from April 2020. Consideration into the degree is dependent on you successfully fulfilling both these criteria.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • 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.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. 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. 

The Financial aid office provides information about on student funding and scholarships. University funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.