Qualifications and subjects

National Diploma

Year 1

News Reporting 1: Covers traditional Journalism in terms of Beat Reporting while incorporating the massive changes caused by the arrival of the Internet and the rise of New Media.                                              

  • News Writing: The basics of acquiring information for the writing of articles. Teaches students how to interact with sources in order to supply the five 'W's and one 'H'.
  • Online Media: The role of social media and online publishing in acquiring and distributing information.
  • Database: How to manage information resources, from effective filing to basic research methods.

Media Production 1: Explores the role of multimedia in telling stories.                                                   

  • Radio: The history, theory and practice of Radio Journalism, with particular focus on how it differs from Print.
  • Editing & Sound: How to produce and refine audio clips both in technical terms and in the context of the modern radio station.
  • Photojournalism: How to take good pictures and integrate them into articles effectively, with a particular focus on developing Visual Literacy.

Media Communication 1: Expands students' knowledge of the modern world and how it was made.                                     

  • Media Law: A basic overview of South Africa's Media laws, including case studies, which are then placed in a global context.              
  • Politics: Basic political theory that is then grounded in current events. Students write and explore the theoretical context and background of their political articles.                                      
  • Mass Communication and Ethics: Covers              the role, power and hence responsibilities of the fourth Estate in theoretical and practical terms.
  • News Awareness: Students bring short accounts of unfolding events to class debates that establish the significance of stories in a wider 'News' context.

Media Information Management: Control of languages and their role in the Media.                       

  • End User Computing: Basic computing for the modern newsroom, from efficient word-processing to Web Design.                                                
  • English: Mainly grammar and writing with a sprinkling of theory.                                                               
  • Afrikaans/iXhosa: Students choose a language to refine, particularly in terms of journalistic jargon.                                        

Year 2

Advanced Reporting 2:  Develops students' ability to tell stories that matter.                       

  • Investigative Reporting: How to find information that someone doesn't want found.
  • Online Media: Updates traditional journalistic methods to accommodate shifts in the fast-evolving world of New Media.

Media Production 2: Expands students' skillsets as they explore various platforms and platforms.                           

  • Feature & Review: Teaches students how to write articles that use sources to express opinions effectively.                               
  • Editing & Design: A practical course that develops Design skills with a focus on specific software packages.                                               
  • Broadcast: The theory and practice of producing clips for television or the internet.                                                        

Media Communication 2: Deepens student's understanding of the theory and history behind their stories.                                        

  • Politics: Focusses political theory onto contemporary events in order to enable students to insightfully read and write political copy.                                                
  • Mass Communication and Ethics: Places practical analysis of newsroom practice in a wider context by examining the opportunities and dangers posed by the Media.                
  • Business Reporting: Enables students to read and produce analysis of the world of Finance and Economics.
  • English 2: Refines students' ability to use English with grace and precision.                                                                          

Year 3

Advanced Reporting 3:                                                                

  • Political Economy: Refines students' understanding of the underlying currents in Media by examining the impact of profit in publishing.                                                    
  • TV Production: Develops and extend students' ability to produce material for televion or the internet while placing their work in a wider theoretical framework.                                      

Media Production 3: Refines students ability to produce work of the highest quality across platforms.   

  • Editing & Design: Polishing students' aesthetic and technological grip on Design.
  • Feature & Review: A multi-genre analysis of how to optimally integrate fact and opinion writing.                                                            


  • Research Project: How to write a Research Proposal and a fifty-page thesis on a Media-related topic.                                    
  • Editorial Management: How to manage a modern media organisation in both practical and theoretical terms – from handling diversity to providing useful content-editing.                    
  • Specialist Reporting: How to optimally pursue one's specialisation in terms of form, content and function.