Bachelor of Creative Writing

Course Type:

Undergraduate

Duration:

3 years, full time

Campuses:

JHB, CPT
SAQA ID 112550

Most Creative writing programmes are in the postgraduate domain. The Bachelor of Creative Writing at AFDA is one of the few fully fledged undergraduate degrees in this field on offer in the country.

The programme will supply students with a broad-based skill set and a network of creative practitioners that will increase options for content production in the world of work.AFDA, being the school for the Creative Economies, is actively exploring new evolutions in technological developments and will equip students to write for emerging platforms as they develop.

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Total tuition fees for 2022

R94 795

  • Students will do Ideation Studies for the 3 year duration of the course as this forms the core of concept development for all the disciplines.
  • Students will do Contextual, Project and Reflection Studies for the 1st 18 months – thereafter these practices will be conducted through learner-lead-learning
  • In Discipline Studies, students will attend and observe selected discipline workshops in the BA Motion Picture and Live Performance programmes, to give context to their writing skills.
  • These will include, amongst others, classes in Directing, Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Multi-camera Production, as well as Screen and Stage Acting.
  • They will also observe the production processes and practices on film and television sets, as well as rehearsals and performances in theatre plays.

Ideation Studies

Concept
Knowledge domains in the humanities selected from applied philosophy; mythology; cultural studies, history, political studies, current affairs, media ethics and communication theory:
Focus: to provide students with the required critical and analytical skills to originate engaging narrative concepts

Character
Knowledge domains in the humanities selected from psychology; social anthropology; sociology and gender studies.
Focus: to provide students with the insight into the human condition in order to create well-rounded and empathetic characters, subjects and personalities.

Structure
Contemporary and classic narrative structures
Focus: to provide students with the required technical and craft skills to structure narratives for a variety of formats and genres

Format & Style
Textual analysis of a variety of motion picture media, theatre, photography and fine arts images.
Focus: to provide students with the required aesthetic, technical and craft skills to write for their chosen media

Business
Aspects of Business Practice as it pertains to Creative writing practitioners , such as pitching products, producers, agents, contracts, copyright, business models and marketing.
Focus: to equip students with the required skills to practice their craft in the world of work

Contextual Studies

Key 21st century skills are covered, such as critical thinking; collaboration, career development and resilience skills, goal-setting and values, together with an understanding of the landscape of digital technology.

Reflection Studies

During the development phase and at the conclusion of the project, students are guided in a structured way to reflect on their work.

  • Reflection on Use of Ideation Learning in Project
  • Contextual Reflection on Team Values & Collaboration
  • Contextual Reflection on Creative Challenges
  • Reflection on Project Development Process
  • Reflection on Project Learning Goal & Objectives
  • Contextual Reflection of Conflict Resolution
  • Reflection on Project Pitch & Review
  • Reflection on Term Learning

Disciplines

Fiction:

Screenwriting
Television Series Writing
Short Story Writing
Playwriting

Faction:

Documentary Writing
News & Actuality Writing
Television Show Format Writing
Copy & Commercial Writing
Discipline selection:

1st Year:

Students do a semester module in all 8 disciplines (4 in Semester 1 and 4 in Semester 2)

2nd Year:

Students select any 4 disciplines for continuous studies through the year

3rd Year:

Students select any 2 majors out of 8 disciplines for continuous studies through the year

Key Skills and learning outcomes:

Conceptual and research skills
Apply relevant theories and concepts from the appropriate knowledge fields to inform the development of the two exit level graduation project outcomes

Attitudinal skills
Apply a range of contextual skills to inform interactions with peers in order to form productive relationships, problem solve, and develop efficient ways of working.

Perceptual discipline skills
Conceptualise and develop a creative work to industry standard and demonstrate the skills to pitch this for commission or sale in a work-simulated market place

Technical and craft skills
Apply the required skills for the appropriate use of language, literary devices, narrative structures, and genre and format principles to generate appropriate and engaging texts for different marketplaces and audiences.

Reflective skills
Critically reflect on the appropriate use of conceptual, attitudinal, perceptual and discipline, technical & craft skills that inform the work

Possible careers:
  • Screenwriters
  • Television Series Writers
  • Short Story Writers
  • Playwrights
  • Documentary Writers
  • News & Actuality Writers
  • Television Show Format Writers
  • Copy Writers
  • Commercial Writers
  • New Media Writers

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