University Of Cape Town Journalism

University Of Cape Town Journalism

University Of Cape Town Journalism,

Students learn the craft of journalistic story gathering and storytelling for news, documentary, feature and actuality production across print, broadcast and online platforms. Students explore the interchange between media, society and power through the critical study of media texts, institutions and culture. Learning and production opportunities assess students’ practical and intellectual competences to produce public-interest reporting for different markets and audiences in an ethical, reflexive and sustainable manner. Attention is paid to knowledge skills and values for reporting and packaging general and specialised news reports like Politics and Business.
Career Opportunities
A variety of possible employment opportunities are available to graduates in media and related fields such as: broadcast journalism, sports journalism, photo journalism, fashion journalism, technical writing, business journalism, foreign correspondence, newspaper reporting, freelance journalism, B2B reporting, sub-editing and online journalism, among others.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Step 1: Choose a qualification

Mastering the technology required to send a satellite into space, saving lives with your specialised knowledge of emergency medical care or designing a fashion collection – the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a course of study at CPUT.

Our courses

We offer more than 70 career-focused courses. The documents and links below will help you choose the course that’s right for you.

  • Faculty Handbooks contain detailed information about each faculty and course.
  • The Online Prospectus will show you all our courses, their subjects, and their estimated cost.
  • 2018 List of Qualifications
Applied Sciences
Online Prospectus
Business and Management Sciences
Online Prospectus
Online Prospectus
Online Prospectus
Health and Wellness Sciences
Online Prospectus
Informatics and Design
Online Prospectus

Admission requirements

The Admission Requirements leaflet contains the admission requirements for all the courses presented at CPUT, as well as general admission information, qualification structures, and details about where each course is presented. Prospective students are encouraged to check the requirements of the course they want to study before applying.

View the Admission Requirements for 2019

Additional admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application. Applications without the additional requirements will not be considered.

Design and Architecture

Students applying for Architectural Technology, Interior Design, Visual Communication Design, Fashion, Jewellery Design and Manufacture and Product Design must submit a portfolio with their application and complete the biographical and cover page documents.

  • Portfolio Requirements
  • Biographical Document
  • Cover Page

Film and Video Technology

Students who wish to apply for Film and Video Technology must submit a letter of motivation with their application.

  • Letter of motivation

Optical dispensing

Students who wish to apply for the National Diploma Optical Dispensing must complete a separate questionnaire along with the application.

  • Optical dispensing questionnaire


Students who wish to apply for Radiography must complete a separate questionnaire along with their application.

  • Radiography cover letter
  • Radiography questionnaire


A student who wishes to apply for Somatology must complete a biographical questionnaire and must have a medical report completed by a medical practitioner. Both these documents must be submitted with their application.

  • Biographical questionnaire
  • Medical report

Tourism and Events Management

Students who wish to apply for Tourism and Event Management must submit a motivational letter with their application.

  • Motivational letter

Sport Management

Students who wish to apply for Sport Management must submit a questionnaire with their application.

  • Questionnaire


For all Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate applications

First-time applicants and current CPUT postgraduate students

IMPORTANT: Prospective postgraduate students for full thesis studies must first identify a research topic and supervisor before applying.
Acceptance is dependent on a supervisor being available for a specific field of study – you should consult with the department before submitting your application.

Be sure to include the following information when communicating with the department.
• Student number (if known)
• Proposed Qualification
• Proposed field of Research
• Possible supervisor (if known)

For information on the fields/ areas of study and supervisors click here.

To start the Application process go to:

  • International postgraduate studies, Postgraduate 2019 application form PDF.

Admission requirements

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

Closing dates

M & D Full Research is 15 March 2019 for both National and International applicants.

RETURNING higher degree (Master’s and Doctoral) and structured Master’s degree candidates must register by 6 March each year.

Guide to postgraduate studies

Find out more about postgraduate studies at CPUT on the Centre for Postgraduate Studies webpage.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Second Year

Compulsory subject(s):

Third Year

Compulsory subject(s):
Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time /
Course is offered on District Six Campus.
For any queries get in touch with:
Contact: Mr M Mthethwa
Telephone: +27 21 460 3923 /+27214609010
Fax: –
NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2018 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning. 


This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

What can I do with Film and Media?

Established in 2004, the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town offers a range of courses that equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to embark on a career in the film and media industry. Many of our alumni have found entry level posts in the media, film, and television industries as well as in advertising, marketing, and education.


What is Film and Media?

The Centre for Film and Media Studies offers two majors as well as programmes 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 awide range of media: they may specialise 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 programmes 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 emphasise 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.