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Entry into the Bachelors degree and moving up the degree is competitive and therefore all enrolling students start the subject at first year level (irrespective of credits gained at other higher learning institutions).

Moving between the BA degree and the BJourn degree is flexible if the student secures entry into the following year of study. Only students registered at Rhodes University who have completed the BA majoring in Journalism & Media Studies can proceed to the BJourn qualification.
Bachelors of Arts

A three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with one of the two major subjects selected being Journalism and Media Studies (JMS). Students require 10 courses over the three years to complete a BA degree: three courses in Journalism and Media Studies, three in another selected major and four minor subjects.

During the degree JMS 1, 2 and 3 will be completed. The other selected major can be selected from other Humanities credits. (For example, common majors include English, Drama, Political Studies, History and Economics.) 

Undergraduate Degree Structure

In the third year students can choose a specialisation route from the following journalism practical streams:

  • Writing and Editing
  • Communication Design
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Photojournalism

After completing a BA with a major in JMS students can then continue studying in the field by registering for a B.Journ.

Bachelors of Journalism

This fourth year is a postgraduate level qualification and is only available for students who have completed the Rhodes undergraduate course (BA).

It allows students who have completed JMS3 to deepen their critical knowledge and practice within the journalism specialisation chosen at third-year. (e.g. TV, Radio, Writing & Editing, Photojournalism or Communication Design).This additional year will increase the practical skills and portfolio in the chosen specialisation.

Students also get the opportunity to pursue the field of New Media in their fourth year.
There are limited spaces available in fourth year, so simply passing JMS 3 does not guarantee you a place. We are looking for students who perform well in both their media studies and practical specialisation.

Last Modified: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:10:23 SAST