MA in Film and Television (Wits School of Arts)

University of the Witwatersrand

Programme Description

MA in Film and Television (Wits School of Arts)

University of the Witwatersrand

POST GRADUATE STUDIES IN FILM AND TELEVISION

The Masters in Film and Television offers a Professional degree in the discipline of filmmaking and aims to stimulate learning at a postgraduate level through the application of theory with practice. The following Masters' options are available to applicants: (1) MA by coursework with research report; (2) MA by dissertation. MA by coursework requires that students take three semester-long courses (one of which may be taken outside the division with the permission from the Head of Division). Students undertake research which consists of the production of a short film in a documentary, fiction or experimental film genres AND a written research report (10 000 words). Alternatively, students may wish to take the dissertation option without the option of a creative project (the written submission here is 20 000 words). Supervision of the creative work and research report is undertaken by lecturers in the Film and Television division.

WSOA 7078 Technical Production

Students wishing to register for the degree who do not have sufficient technical experience in the field of television and film production (specifically camera operation, lighting, sound recording, sound design, and editing) are required (as an obligatory course) to register for the core Technical Production Course. This is prerequisite for the Fiction and Documentary Theory and Production courses.

WSOA 7077 Documentary Theory & Production

The course provides the conceptual framework for documentary practice, its historical and theoretical underpinnings and explores contemporary debates in the field. Students in the course will be encouraged to explore their individual style through practical application and an understanding of how the director’s point of view is influenced by aesthetic, cultural and ideological realities and how these factors contribute to the shaping of documentary films.

WSOA 7024 Film Fiction

In past years different focus areas in this course have included, African Cinema, Asian Cinema, and Concepts of Screen Sexuality. Each year a different thematic focus is adopted to organise the investigation of aesthetics, race/class/gender, subjectivities and narrative approaches. The course offers students an opportunity to consider theoretical concerns of representations in cinema and apply these frameworks in the production of a short film. The aim of the course is to offer a series of considerations around the aesthetics and ethics of cinematic representation and its implications in terms of narrative writing and filmmaking. Students will be exposed to some of the central debates, interventions, and developments surrounding the chosen thematic for the year.

WSOA 7076 Screenwriting

This course is intended for students who have some prior experience of dramatic writing. It is not an introductory course and students are required to submit a writing sample of a short film script, theatre or radio play or teleplay in order to gain acceptance into the course. Prospective students should be committed to the process of developing and writing a full-length (90 -100 page) feature script within the preselected genres.

This workshop-based course aims to take students through a structured process of developing and writing a feature film script. Stages include an initial concept or synopsis, a story-mapping document, a full scene-by-scene step outline through to a first draft employing the classic 3 Act Structure. Students will be exposed to a range of tools and approaches used to facilitate screenwriting. Focus topics include genre analysis, story structure, character development, scene structure and writing dialogue.

To contact the division directly: PG.Film&TV.enquiries@wits.ac.za

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated January 10, 2018
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South Africa - Johannesburg, Gauteng
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