Department of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg

By | September 13, 2018

Department of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg

​​​The Journalism and Audiovisual Communication Degrees are housed within this department. There is a great deal of synergy between these two qualifications and though they will continue to function as distinct degrees, students will be given the opportunity at honours level to work on joint projects which cover both disciplines. Since their inception, both degrees have striven to combine theoretical and vocational training in their course offerings and this will continue in the new department and grow even further.

​​In 2011 UJ Journalism and the BBC’s Africa Bureau in Johannesburg launched an internship programme to provide work experience for a month to 24 of UJ Journalism’s Honours and third year BA journalism students. The BBC’s Africa bureau is one of the busiest bureaus on the African continent and this is proving a highly successful partnership which brings mutual benefit to the BBC and UJ alike. BBC Bureau Chief in Johannesburg Peter Burdin says:

“I’m delighted the BBC is able to contribute to the creation of a new generation of journalists in South Africa. The UJ Interns receive hands-on experience of working in an international newsroom. In turn the Interns bring a youthful energy, original stories and new insights about South Africa and the world around them. Some students have got their pieces broadcast on air or have carried out research or produced news stories with our senior correspondents.”

Candidates are selected twice a year through a competitive process. For more information please contact Ylva Rodny-Gumede on

Department of Journalism, Film & Television
University of Johannesburg
PO Box 524
Auckland Park
South Africa

​​Academic Co-ordinator:
Mrs Emmerentia Breytenbach
Tel: +27 11 559 4526

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development.

The phenomenal success story of the University is one that has surprised critics and won over sceptics. Being an institution that prides itself in its accessible excellence, after only 11 years UJ has established itself as an institution of global excellence and world-class stature.

In its first five years of existence, UJ doubled its accredited research output and increased its number of distinguished South African Research Chairs from none to seven. This remarkable achievement was reached well ahead of the target set for 2015. The 2010 research outcome was the result of UJ’s desire, during the initial period, to establish UJ as a thoroughly research-focused university.
UJ is the first and only African university admitted to the highly respected consortium of 28 research-intensive universities in the world, Universitas 21 – an important endorsement of the growing international stature of UJ.
UJ boasts world-class, internationally recognised academic programmes based on curricula informed by cutting-edge developments in both undergraduate and postgraduate education. UJ’s programmes, within its nine faculties, are designed to prepare students for the world of work and for global citizenship. The University has four campuses, namely the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus; the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus; the Doornfontein Campus; and the Soweto Campus.
Based on the choices of UJ’s Orange Carpet First-Year Students – those with an APS score equal to and greater than 40 points – the flagship programmes include: Accounting; Electrical and Electronic/ Mechanical/ Civil/ Mining Engineering; LLB/ BA Law/ BCom Law; Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics; IT/ Computer Sciences; Human Physiology; Optometry; Finance; Psychology; and Teacher Education.
In order to make UJ’s teaching, research and innovation goals a reality, UJ has, over the past eight years, invested in excess of R2 billion into the upgrading and expansion of living and learning facilities on all of its campuses and into creating a safe and secure, world-class learning and research environment for both staff and students.
UJ also introduced handheld devices (a tablet or laptop) into first-year classrooms in 2014, in a bid to connect these young minds with the world of e-knowledge that they are growing into, and to transform their ability to contribute and compete.
UJ’s graduate success rate now stands at 83,4% and the overall annual graduate output is in excess of 11,400 students. The University’s First Year Experience Programme (FYE), an initiative offering academic skills reinforcement with an accent on students mentoring fellow students, is one of the support programmes that help ease the school-to-university transition. Almost 1,300 student tutors, selected from third-year level and up, act as an interface between students and teaching staff. UJ also introduced academic advisors in University residences and approved off-campus accommodation facilities. Under UJ’s Academic Excellence Programme, 250 student advisors are serving 2,000 first-year students in 25 residences.
Notable, too, is that UJ, with more than 49,500 students; 2,300 international students; 6,700 postgraduates and renowned academic staff, is an institution with an admirable graduation rate. UJ is home to 133 rated researchers, six of whom are A-rated, and has seven National Research Foundation Chairs. Additionally, it produces the largest number of black accountants of all accredited residential universities in the country.
While UJ pursues global excellence and stature, the University envisages being nationally responsive in a manner that only UJ can. In this regard, among South Africa’s six leading universities, only UJ successfully provides access to almost 2,000 first-year students who come from the poorest communities, providing them, where needed, with top-up NSFAS funding, bursaries and two healthy meals a day.
In the next ten years, UJ has set six strategic goals, namely:
  • ​Global Excellence in Research and Innovation.
  • Global Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • An International Profile Fit for Global Excellence and Stature.​
  • An Outstanding Student Experience.
  • Active Global Reputation Management, and
  • An Institution and People Fit for Global Excellence and Stature


International Students


Your home away from home, one of the main purposes of the Division is to integrate international students into UJ student life. This is done on the following levels:

  • Social interaction (Welcome Function, International Festival, excursions)
  • Student exchange programme
  • Communication (newsletter, sms service, liaison with embassies, etc.)
  • Student support (buddy system, UJISS, orientation programme)
  • Study abroad

International Admissions and Welfare Office

The International Admissions and Welfare Office is there to ensure that all international students are provided with necessary support for the duration of their studies at the University of Johannesburg.

The International Admissions and Welfare Office is located on all four campuses and is responsible for:

  • advising prospective students about programmes offered at UJ and all legal requirements;
  • Assisting with compliance related issues which include study visa and medical aid requirements;
  • clearing admitted international students for registration;
  • providing liaison services for international students and faculties;
  • liaising with all South African Missions (Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Trade Missions) and the South African Department of Home Affairs
  • social integration through orientation and student activities
  • welfare services
Names Positions ​​Contacts
Dr Pinkie Mekgwe Executive Director tel: +27 (0)11 559 4446


Ms Lesley Gilbert Executive Secretary tel: +27 (0)11 559 4293


​Prof Judy Peter​ Director : Internationalisation, Academic Services te: +27 (0)11 559 3797


Mr Lebethe Malefo Director: Study Abroad tel: +27 (0) 11 559 4592


​Ms Thembile Gumbi ​Secretary to Director ​tel: +27 (0) 11 559 4099
Mr Tshidiso Konese Senior Student Recruitment Manager tel: +27 (0) 11 559 4832


Mr Tshepang Marumo ​Supervisor: International Admissions Office tel: +27 (0)11 559 4517
Ms Lisle du Plessis Manager: Study Abroad tel: 27 (0) 11 559 2528

​Mr Ismail Badrudin ​Public Relations and Communications Officer ​tel: +27 (0)11 559 2303
Ms Shantelle Sass  Academic and Student Services Officer tel: 27 (0) 11 559 3129


​Mr Thabang Mothebe ​International Admissions Officer ​tel: +27 (0)11 559 6510

​Ms Mampou Nqgumshe ​International Admissions Officer ​tel: +27 (0)11 559 1027

​Ms Palesa Makwela ​International Admissions Officer ​tel: +27 (0)11 559 5014


Contact Information


Admission enquiries Admission

​​​+27 (0) 11​ 559 4555

General / study related enquiries UJ call centre

​+27 (0) 11 559-4555​

Media enquiries Esterhuizen Herman

​​​+27 (0) 11 559-​​6653​​

Postal Address UJ Administration

​Un​iversity of Johannesburg​

PO Box 524
Auckland Park
South Africa


Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus S26 11 25.5 E28 01 09.5 ​Bunting Road, Auckland Park​
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus S26 10 54.9 E27 59 53.9 ​Corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park​
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Doornfontein Campus S26 11 32.6 E28 03 28.9 ​Cnr Siemert & Beit Streets, Doornfontein​
Grasdak / Lapa
Kingsway, Bunting and Doornfontein Campuses
Kingsway, Bunting and Soweto Campuses
Kingsway, Bunting, Doornfontein and Soweto Campuses
School for Tourism and Hospitality ​Bunting Road, Auckland Park​
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