University Of Cape Town Journalism

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University Of Cape Town Journalism

University Of Cape Town Journalism

The Centre for Film and Media Studies offers two majors as well as programs in Film and Media Production.
The major in Film and TV Studies offers a thorough grounding in the history, theory, and analysis of Film and Television. We also encourage creativity through storyboarding and scriptwriting. The skills provided give students access to careers in academic teaching and scholarship, film journalism, film festival management, and film librarianship. A wide-ranging knowledge of Film and TV also effectively complements creative practice in screenwriting, production, and direction.

The major in Media and Writing weaves together theory and analysis of broadcast and print media with extensive creative practice. Students are trained in writing and editing for a wide range of media: they may specialize in news reporting, investigative journalism, freelancing, sports journalism, advertising, documentary, writing for television (soaps and sitcoms), youth culture and the media, writing for magazines, feature journalism, and travel writing.
The six practically and creatively orientated production programs cover film and television production; digital media and informatics; interactive media; print production; screenwriting; and broadcast journalism. All these courses provide students with basic skills and creative expertise appropriate to the medium, which will help them find internships or entry-level posts in the industry. UCT has invested heavily in equipment and editing software, ensuring that students learn skills and procedures that will be directly relevant in their later careers.
While we offer as much opportunity for creativity, intellectual engagement, and practical training as we can, we also emphasize how much success in the “real world” depends on passion, commitment, perseverance, energy, and imagination on the part of the student. In choosing our production students, we take their passion and commitment seriously.

Requirements for a major in Media and Writing:

First Semester 

Second Semester 


FAM1001F Media & Society 

Second Year 

FAM2000F Writing and Editing in the Media

FAM2003S Media, Power and Culture

Third Year 

FAM3000F The Media in South Africa

FAM3001S Advanced Media Studies 


(i) For FAM2000F:  FAM1001F, or at the discretion of the Head of Department

(ii) For FAM2003S: FAM1001F and FAM2000F, or at the discretion of the Head of Department

(iii) For FAM3000F: open to students majoring in Media and Writing who have completed FAM2000F and FAM2003S, or at the discretion of the Head of Department

(iv) For FAM3001S: open to students who have completed FAM2000F, FAM3000F and FAM2003S, or at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Contact us for more information:

Undergraduate queries

Soraya Shaffie | (021) 650 3373 | A204

Postgraduate queries

Petros Ndlela | (021) 650 5159 | A208

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