Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Multimedia Arts

Qualification code: 90090
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101958
APS/AS: 60
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to enable graduates to become academically and professionally qualified to practice in any career which requires competency in visual arts and or multimedia including Software artists. Secondly the qualification is aimed at ensuring that qualifying graduates become highly specialised professionals that have the potential of becoming leading practitioners in the contemporary art world both nationally and internationally. In addition this qualification is intended to equip student artists and practicing artists in the visual arts field with a set of skills and knowledge that provide a point of access to professional training and advanced post graduate qualifications in the visual arts and multimedia. On achieving the qualification, qualified graduates will be able to generate a body of artwork, drawing on their own ideas and research, supported by intensive engagement with a specialist range of media technologies and techniques. Qualified graduates should also be able to set up an exhibition of a body of their own artwork and critically analyse their own practice and the work of other artists drawing on key concepts from art-critical writings. They will also be able to coordinate work on projects involving teams of artists, and plan for the development of their careers as artists based on an assessment of their skills, interests, external constraints and opportunities. Entrepreneurship is developed to empower students to initiate and run their own studios and community projects
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
HMV4802 - Contemporary Theories of the Arts
HRHMV81 - Research Report on the Arts
PAT4801 - Professional Art Practice II Co-requisite:VAR4801 & VAR8402
VMA4801 - Studio Practice V Co-requisite:PAT4801 & VMA4802
VMA4802 - Studio Practice VI Co-requisite:VMA4801 & PAT4801