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Course breakdown for undergraduate degrees

First year

Media and Society

The course introduces students to critical analytical media studies in its historical and contemporary contexts through an exploration of key concepts and theoretical traditions. The course will focus on the nature of mediated communication, the functions and roles of media and institutions that help to define media's place in society.

Reading Media Forms

The course will introduce students to methods of critically analysing different media forms (print, radio, television and new media) and genres using key concepts and theories in Media Studies. The course will closely focus on individual media forms of print and visual cultures, broadcast and new media and their various genres.

Second Year

Texts Processes of Reception and Audiences

The module covers theories and debates about media texts, processes of reception and text/audience relations. Central to the module is a focus on how different theories conceptualize media texts and how they construct audiences and the processes of reception of media texts by audiences/publics. A key element of this focus will be on theoretical and public debates about the power of media to influence publics and the power of publics to negotiate/resist (using a range of resources and in different contexts) the power or effects of the media.
Sociology of News Production

The module covers approaches which treat news as a social construction of reality focusing on internal processes in the news organization and external influences and forces that shape news production. The module also focuses on the extent to which structures within and outside media organizations can be constraints and how media workers negotiate the constraints in processes of news production.

Third Year


Media and Power

This stream explores big questions to do with the social, economic and political power structures and how they interface with media. It will suit students with an interest in working in media policy, regulation and critique in the governmental, NGO or corporate sector.

Media and Culture

This stream explores big questions to do with popular culture from local and global perspectives, and the lived experience of a variety of media forms and practices. It will suit students with an interest in working in the cultural and creative industries.

Media and Society

This stream explores big questions to do with the role that media play in various social structures, from news reporting through to the economic aspects of media production. It will suit students with an interest in media entrepreneurship, journalism and corporate social investment.

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Entry requirements for undergraduate degrees

To study with us you need an admission points score (APS) of 34 or higher, a 5 symbol for English HL or First Additional Language and a full matric exemption. For more information please check the Wits admission requirements page here
If you are older than 23, an application will be considered on the basis of your matric school-leaving certificate (leading to a conditional mature age exemption) or appropriate post-school studies. All mature age applications will be required to take an NBT (National Benchmark Test) before acceptance into the BA degree. For more information please check the Wits admission requirements page here


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study with WITS media studies

Wits Media Studies will help you understand how media work and how they affect us. We critically analyse the role of media in politics, culture and the economy.
We contribute to scholarly debates and research about media and consumerism, and media and democracy in the Global South.
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