Diploma in Media Practices

In the field of media practices, innovation is reshaping storytelling and content creation, pushing the boundaries of what is conceivable. The fusion of different disciplines results in a rich tapestry of multimedia experiences that engage the senses and challenge the status quo.

Advertising executive, creative director, graphic designer or animator? DJ, radio presenter, journalist or marketing strategist? Whichever media career you have in your sights, Boston Media House offers you a flexible qualification structure that includes a broad range of career choices, to launch you into the dynamic world of media.

Media Practices, such as TV, radio, print, digital platforms, and social media, have a significant impact on culture. They do not simply shape things; they actually push for big changes in society. Imagine them as powerful tools that share information, shape people’s thoughts, and tell stories that shape our culture. So, when you use or interact with these media forms, you are not just consuming content; you are also a part of how our culture changes and evolves.

The Diploma in Media Practices is offered in at the following centres: Pretoria and Sandton.

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Time to Complete:

3 years (minimum) - 6 years (maximum)

Study Options:




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Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission into the diploma is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed with an endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or
  • National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English as one of the subjects passed and with endorsement for admission to Diploma study; or
  • Prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the subjects passed.

Alternative Entry Requirements

A number of higher education qualifications may meet the requirements for admission into the diploma:

  • Certificate programme, NQF Level 5 (OQSF/HEQSF), minimum Credits 12; or
  • Diploma programme, NQF Level 5 (OQSF), minimum credits 240; or
  • Higher Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 5, minimum credits 120; or
  • Advanced Certificate, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum credits 120; or
  • Diploma. NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, minimum credits 240 or 360; or
  • An equivalent qualification from an international higher education institution, see the section on International Applicants

Depending on the selected area of specialisation, successful students will be able to assume job responsibilities in the following fields:

  • radio and television production
  • advertising
  • public relations
  • marketing, sales and promotions
  • journalism
  • animation
  • graphic design
  • sound engineering

On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Use media-specific science and technology
  • Understand the mutual influence between culture and media
  • Assume job responsibilities at entry level within a broad range of media communication environments, such as print and audio-visual communication

International students who want to enrol for Higher Education studies and who do not hold a South African school leaving certificate must present a Grade 12 equivalence verification with endorsement for admission to Diploma study.

Students who have qualifications from international higher education institutions must present an equivalence certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) which can be contacted on +27 (0)12 431 5000 or visit http://www.saqa.org.za. All enquiries related to the evaluation of international qualifications are to be referred to the Contact Centre using the contact details: +27 (0)12 431 5070 or apply online at https://www.saqa.org.za/evaluation-foreign-qualifications.

International applicants may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 550, or IELTS overall band score of 6.0) prior to admission to the qualification.