Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts)

Qualification stream: Multimedia Studies: Audiovisual Multimedia
Qualification code: 02305 - MA1
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 14692
APS/AS: 20
Prospective students must obtain prior written permission for admission to the degree from the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology. Prospective students are required to submit a portfolio of artwork consisting of four drawings and four paintings or photographic/digital documentation thereof together with a completed questionnaire and record of personal details. The form may be downloaded from the departmental website or obtained from the Departmental secretary (Tel: +2712 429 6798). The permission form must be submitted together with the student's first application for registration. Students who intend registering for this degree, and who are required to do the access course prior to registration, are required to submit a portfolio to obtain permission to study through this department. Workshop attendance: Students are strongly advised to attend the two workshops at one of the university's approved centres. Workshops are normally conducted at least twice a year, for a period of approximately three to five days each, in the following cities: Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. Further details are sent to the students concerned early in the year. Students and prospective students who will not be able to attend the workshops at one of the centres listed above, must consult the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology (Tel: +2712 429 6686) in connection with possible alternative arrangements before they apply for registration for any practical module. Overseas students must take note of all the compulsory requirements above. Only students who have completed INF1511 can register for INF2611. Students, who did not, should register for INS2602.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to familiarise learners with the content and basic theories of a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, at the basic and intermediate level, and to provide them with a deeper grasp of one or more of these disciplines taken at exit level (level 6), as well as to enable them to place new knowledge in context and to use appropriate methods for seeking resolution of problems; To provide learners with a variety of basic scholarly and intellectual competencies, including the ability to question critically the assumptions of a limited range of theories and authorities, and to develop an understanding of elementary research methods used within one or more disciplines; To equip learners with the ability to give an accurate account of scholarly positions and the competence to express their own opinions clearly and coherently, both in written and oral communication; To prepare learners for post learner study; To provide learners with a well-rounded and broad education across a number of disciplines, thus preparing them for a wide range of professions crucial to the welfare of society; To produce learners who are able to think laterally, critically and creatively; To produce learners who are prepared for life-long learning; To produce learners who understand the principles of, and are capable of critical citizenship.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2024, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COM2602 - Integrated Organisational Communication
CST2612 - Music Technology Pre-requisite:CST1512
INF2611 - Visual Programming II Pre-requisite:INF1511 (or XCT1511)
MHS2612 - Music in Postcolonial Africa Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on MHS1512 or MHS1502
MHS2613 - Music Business Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on MNB1501
TEX2601 - Writing Skills for the Communication Industry
VMA2601 - Studio Practice 1 Pre-requisite:GAR1501& (TDM1501 & FRM1501) or (TWF1501 &THF1501) (GAR1501 not applicable to 02305)
VMA2602 - Studio Practice II Pre-requisite:GAR1501& (TDM1501 & FRM1501) or (TWF1501 &THF1501) (GAR1501 not applicable to 02305)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
COM3704 - New Media Technology
CST1512 - Music Technology
MHS3704 - Music in South Africa
MHS3712 - Theory of African Music (offered from 2021) Pre-requisite:MHS2612
MHS3713 - Psychology of Music Pre-requisite:PYC1501 (Not Applicable to 02305 MA1)
Recommendation:CST1511 or UNISA Grade 5 in Music theory.
PMP3701 - Professional Multimedia Practice Pre-requisite:VMA2601or VAR2601 or VAR211D
VAR3701 - Visual Arts III Pre-requisite:(VMA2601 & VMA2602) or (VAR2601 &VAR2602) (VMA2602 or VAR2602 not applicable to 02305 MC1)
Co-requisite:(PAT3701 or PMP3701) & VAR3702 (VAR3702 not applicable to 02305)
Group B. Select 1 from the following:
COM3703 - Media Studies: Content, Audiences and Production
INS2601 - Exploring Information user Studies Pre-requisite:INS1501 or INS101U
INS2602 - Investigating Information Ethics in the Information Era
INS3702 - The Political Economy of Information