Diploma in Media Practices Specialising in Television

Working in Television is a thrilling journey into the realm of visual storytelling, where creativity converges with technical expertise to bring stories to life on screen. Television offers a dynamic landscape with diverse opportunities, ranging from news reporting and scripted dramas to reality shows and live broadcasts. The excitement lies in the ability to captivate audiences, evoke emotions, and contribute to the rich tapestry of visual entertainment.

Working on the latest industry-standard equipment, students learn the necessary knowledge and skills for the professional television production environment from year one, while producing their own short films and documentaries as part of their final portfolios for job applications. Boston Media House’s equipment and software is updated regularly to keep you current in industry technology.

This diploma is offered at Boston Media House Pretoria and Sandton.

Career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Scriptwriter
  • Production coordinator
  • Production manager
  • Production assistant
  • Camera operator
  • First camera assistant
  • Boom operator
  • Lighting technician (gaffer)
  • Director (film and television)
  • First assistant director (1st AD)
  • Online/offline video editor

Entry Requirements

A minimum requirement for admission in to the diploma is a:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English as one of the subjects passed and with 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
  • Equivalent qualification from an international higher education institution, see section on International Applicants

Personality Profile

  • Creative
  • Adaptable
  • Collaborative
  • Attention to detail
  • Communicative
  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Academic Literacy 1

  • Advertising 1

  • Creativity

  • Digital Marketing 1

  • Journalism 1

  • Photography

  • Public Relations 1

  • Radio 1

  • Television 1

  • Computer Skills

Television 1 is an introduction to the fundamentals of filmmaking and visual storytelling through the three production phases, which include pre-production, production, and post-production. The pre-production phase looks at storyboards and floor plans. In the production phase students will plan, direct, and shoot their own short film projects, thereafter assembling and editing their final narrative in the post-production phase.

  • Television 2
  • Academic Literacy 2
  • Design Thinking
  • Sound Engineering
Choose one of the following electives:
  • Advertising 2
  • Journalism 2
  • Digital Marketing 2
  • Public Relations 2
  • Radio 2
Television 2 delves into non-fictional filmmaking. Students will learn about the six different documentary modes, techniques used by famous documentary filmmakers, interview styles, the use of archive material, and shooting effective reenactments. Citizen journalism is covered, giving students an insight into the world of broadcast journalism through identification of newsworthy stories, and ultimately capturing and sharing those stories with the world.
  • Television 3
  • Experiential Learning
  • Media Law
  • Entrepreneurship

The focus of Television 3 is fictional narratives. Students will explore the elements that make up the pre-production, production, and post-production phases. Important steps in the production process are undertaken, namely: writing a script for a final year short film, completing industry-relevant paperwork, shooting, lighting and recording on top industry-aligned equipment. On completion of the final year project editing will take place on Davinci Resolve.

Introduction to Television at Boston Media House