Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies)

1.0 Entrance Requirements

1.0.1 The normal minimum entrance requirement shall be the Botswana BGCSE or the equivalent with credit in English and in three other subjects.
1.0.2 Candidates who fulfil Regulation 1.0.1, have a credit in English and work experience in Media are preferred.
1.0.3 Candidates who do not meet Regulation 1.0.1 but have the BGCSE or equivalent and the CMS from a recognised institution may be admitted directly to Level 100 of the Programme.
1.0.4 Candidates with a Diploma in Media Studies or its equivalent may be admitted directly to level 300 of the programme, but may be required to take lower level courses specified in their admission letter.

1.1 Programme Structure

1.1.1 The BA (Media Studies) is a full-time programme extending over eight semesters. It is available as the Major part of a Major/Minor combination and as the Major part of a Major/Major combination.
1.1.2 BA (Media Studies) Major/Minor combination should contain a minimum of 54 and a maximum of 56 BMS credits, including all core courses. Students will be expected to take one, two or three BMS courses per semester to reach the minimum and maximum number of credits required. Part-time study for the Degree is also possible. It is expected that part-time students would finish their coursework in not more than ten semesters.
1.1.3 BA (Media Studies) Major/Major combination should contain a minimum of 40 BMS credits, including all core courses. Part-time study for the Degree is also possible. It is expected that part-time students would finish their coursework in not more than ten semesters.

Level 1 Semester 1

EITHER
BMS110 History of World Media, (3) CORE;
OR
BMS111 Media in Botswana, (3) CORE

ENG121 Intro to English Language, Description and Usage (3) CORE
ENG113 Introduction to Literature and Prose: (3) CORE
COM111 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills 1 (3) (Humanities) credits CORE
ICT121 Computer Skills Fundamentals1 2 credits CORE
16 CREDITS

Level 1 Semester 2

EITHER
BMS112 Introduction to Media Technology, (3) CORE;
OR
BMS113 Theories of Mass Communication (3) CORE

ENG131 Writing in English: (3) CORE
ENG123 Introduction to Literature, Drama and Poetry: (3) CORE
COM112 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills II (Humanities) (3) CORE
ICT122 Computer Skills Fundamentals 2 (2) credits CORE
17 CREDITS

Level 2 Semester 3

BMS222 Introduction to Broadcasting, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS232 Introduction to Techniques of Digital Media, (3), OPTIONAL
BMS221 Introduction to Journalism, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS223 Introduction to PR & Advertising, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS 224 Introduction to Film and Video, (3) OPTIONAL

Level 2 Semester 4

BMS226 Ethics for Media Professionals, (3) CORE

OPTIONAL

BMS227 Print Journalism Reporting & Writing, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS228 Broadcast Interview & Presentation Techniques (3) OPTIONAL
BMS229 Basics of Video Production, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS230 Writing for PR & Copy-writing, (3) OPTIONAL
BMS231 Major Film & Video Genres,3 credits, OPTIONAL

Level 3

Semester 5

EITHER
BMS320 Media & Society (3) CORE;
OR
BMS321 Media Law 3 credits CORE

BMS322 Audio Technology (3) OPTIONAL
BMS338 UB Horizon 1 (3) credits OPTIONAL
BMS324 Broadcast News Writing & Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS325 Basics of TV Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS326 Research for PR & Advertising (3) OPTIONAL
BMS327 History of Film & Video documentary (3) OPTIONAL

Level 3 Semester 6

BMS329 Developmental Communication (3) OPTIONAL
BMS339 UB Horizon 2 (3) credits OPTIONAL
BMS332 Beat Reporting (3) OPTIONAL
BMS333 Radio Documentary Writing & Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS334 TV & Video Documentary Writing & Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS335 Motion Graphics (3) OPTIONAL
BMS336 PR & Advertising Campaigns (3) OPTIONAL
BMS337 Cinema Language in World Film (3) OPTIONAL

Level 4 Semester 7

BMS421 Current Issues in African media (3) CORE
BMS422 Broadcast Programming (3) OPTIONAL
BMS423 Investigative Journalism (3) OPTIONAL
BMS424 Radio Drama Script-writing & Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS425 TV & Video Drama (3) OPTIONAL
BMS426 Economic & Social Issues in PR & Advertising (3) OPTIONAL
BMS427 African Cinemas (3) OPTIONAL

Level 4 Semester 8 1, 2 OR 3 OUT OF:

BMS429 Media Management &Entrepreneurship (3) CORE
BMS430 On-Line Media Production (3) OPTIONAL
BMS431 Health & Scientific Reporting (3) OPTIONAL
BMS432 Live Radio Broadcasting (3) OPTIONAL
BMS433 TV Entertainment Shows (3) OPTIONAL
BMS434 Public Communication Campaign (3) OPTIONAL
BMS435 Current Cinema (3) OPTIONAL