Information for prospective BA Hons (Film and Visual Media) students in 2020

NB: Please note that the deadline for all 2020 applications is Friday 1 November 2019. Please do not apply online, but apply via email to (See below for more details).

Abbreviation BAHons (Film and Visual Media)
Min. study period Programme Code Degree Code Academic Plan Code NQF Level Total credits
1 year B1624 16240 BC160024 8 120
Admission to the BA Hons (Film & Visual Media)

    In addition to the requirements as presented in 1.4 under General Information in the UFS Rule Book, the following also applies:

    1. Candidates must have an average final-year mark of at least 65% in a relevant Exit Level 7 qualification (e.g. a bachelor’s degree).
      It is strongly recommended* that students should also have completed certain modules in their BA qualification which will develop their critical thinking, analytical and writing skills. The following undergraduate subjects address these skills. It is thus recommended that students should have completed a minimum of three of the modules offered by the following departments with at least one of these modules on third-year level:
      • Afrikaans and Dutch
      • German and French
      • Art History & Image Studies
      • Communication Science / Media Studies
      • Drama & Theatre Arts
      • English / Language Studies
      • Fine Arts
      • Philosophy

      *However, if you do not meet this requirement but have completed other relevant learning – whether in another subject or related experience in making/writing about films – you can still apply, as the programme committee will consider all the applications in terms of their individual merits.

    2. Applications are subject to preliminary assessment and/or additional study as suggested in consultation with the programme director as representative of the Programme Committee.
    3. Particular attention will be paid to the candidates’ proven writing and critical thinking skills.
    4. Candidates may only register after the programme director has issued a letter of approval or signed the DV3 form for their admission and selection of modules.

    The following three modules are presented and are compulsory (have to be passed in order to obtain the qualification). Please note that all three are year modules.

    FVMA6800 Approaches to the Moving Image 30
    FVMH6800 Film History 30
    FVMR6800 Research Report: Film and Visual Media (aligned with Studio Research) 60

    Students write a research report which is aligned with their production of short films (FVMR6800, 60 credits), and they complete a series of written/oral assignments and a final assessment or examination paper for each of the other two modules (FVMA6800 and FVMH6800, 30 credits each).

How to apply

NB: Once you have obtained general admission to the UFS (i.e. you have been assigned a UFS student number), all completed applications should be EMAILED to PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO THE FILM PROGRAMME ONLINE AND DO NOT HAND IN YOUR APPLICATION FORM AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE (GEORGE DU TOIT) BUILDING AS THIS WILL DELAY YOUR APPLICATION REACHING US.

All prospective students, should complete the following four steps to apply for the degree:

  1. A. Current students (who already have a UFS student number), please complete and save a copy of the postgraduate application form available at this link.

    B. Students who have not studied at the UFS before will have to pay the application fee and apply for general admission to the UFS first before they can officially apply for admission to the film programme; see This is a lengthy process, so start it at least one month prior to the closing date for the film programme.

    If you do not meet the admission requirements but would still like to apply to the programme (e.g. if you have relevant work experience in the film industry), you will also have to complete the time-consuming Recognition of Prior Learning process, which ideally should be started in June of the year before you plan to complete the degree. Please contact Mrs Christa Slabbert (; +27 51 401 7326) or Mrs Martie Meintjes (; +27 51 401 7327) for more information about the RPL process.

  2. Obtain an electronic copy of academic/study record. UFS students can attach the electronic copy available on Student Self-Service ( Students from other universities who will go through the RPL process, should also attach module descriptions and module outcomes of those modules which have bearing on their application (i.e. those modules which have in some way prepared you for an honours degree in film studies, specifically as substitutes for the compulsory subjects).
  3. Write a short essay of about 600 words or one page. You should briefly tell us why you would like to complete this degree. You also need to tell us about one of your favourite and one of your least favourite films – what is it about these films that you specifically like or dislike?
  4. Email the signed application form, along with your academic record and short essay, to BEFORE OR ON 1 NOVEMBER.

The committee will then contact those students who make it to the short list for an interview before the end of December. Students will be notified shortly after the interview whether their application has been successful or not.

Full-time versus part-time studies

This is a full-time qualification; meaning that you should have about 40 hours per week available to study for this qualification. If you do not have this amount of time available, it is highly recommended that you only register on a part-time basis for one or two out of the three modules in the first year; namely Film History (FVMH6800) and/or Approaches to the Moving Image (FVMA6800). Please indicate this in your short essay if this is the case. Please note that preference will be given to full-time students due to the limited capacity of the programme.

Regarding the cost

The standard total tuition fee for honours degrees at the UFS applies, which in 2019 was R33,055 for the entire year for all the modules. This might go up by around 8% per year. Please see the latest UFS fees yearbook when it becomes available online and you can also check the KovsieLife website for possibilities re. funding:

Please email us on or contact our Programme Co-Ordinator Dr Martin Rossouw (+27 51 401 2902) should you have any further queries.

We look forward to receiving your application!


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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