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MA in Documentary Arts

Convener

Dr. Liani Maasdorp


Admission requirements

(a) Faculty requirements are set out under rules FM3.

(b) Specialisation requirements:

  • Completion of an Honours degree or a four-year degree with a focus on Film and Television Studies, Photography, Journalism or cognate disciplines.

Acceptance will be on the recommendation of the Convener, working in collaboration with the programme committee, who will consider applications and may interview candidates. Normally candidates will be expected to have an upper second or better result for their honours degree.


Prescribed curriculum

Master’s students are required to complete a minor dissertation and four taught courses of which no more than two can be at HEQSF Level 8 (4000 level).

Compulsory courses

NQF credits

HEQSF level

FAM5012W  Media Creative Production

96

9

FAM5013F Advanced Media Methodology

24

9

FAM5015W Making the Critical Documentary

24

9

And two of the following:

 

 

FAM5045F

Documentary Film: Forms and Theories 24 9
FAM5016FS Creative Non-Fiction

24

9

FAM5039F

Approaches to African Cinema 24 9

FAM5019FS

Media Internship 24 9

FAM5017F

Political Communication 24 9

FAM5018S

Political Journalism 24 9

FAM5038S

Mobile Media and Communications 24 9

FAM4036S

Film and the Environment 24 8

FAM4007F

Narrative Literary Journalism 24 8

AXL4405S

Visual Anthropology (Social Anthropology) 24 8

Elective courses

If students have already taken any of the compulsory courses, or an equivalent course elsewhere, they may be allowed to substitute another course with the permission of the convener. In the overall choices, at least two of the courses chosen must be at the 5000 level.