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WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$2,884 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Dissertation/Creative Work
Specialisations:Game Design; Game Studies; Interactive Narrative
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

Research in these fields fall under the Masters by Dissertation, or Dissertation with Creative Work. The degree allows candidates to focus on a range of topics, and have the option to link their research to their own creative practice.

Research topics in Games include Game Design, Games in Culture, Games as Artistic Expression, Games in Education, Serious and Applied Games, and Simulation.

Research in Interactive Narrative includes work on Storytelling in Interactive Environments, Visual Storytelling, Hypermedia Narrative, Creative Writing in Interactive Media, and Scriptwriting of Interactive Environments.

This Masters allows for research from the perspective of candidates from other disciplines in the humanities (for example Anthropology, English Literature, Psychology), from arts and design backgrounds AND candidates from engineering, science and technology backgrounds who wish to engage with the creative possibilities offered by games and interactive stories.

As this is a developing field in South Africa with almost no research available within a local context, Wits encourages study into South African and African industries and practices.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Masters by Coursework and Research Report:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Additional Entry Requirements

A portfolio of work (for creative practice applicants) and a letter of motivation showing why the applicant is specifically interested in the field. Shortlisted applicants are interviewed before acceptance.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Animated Filmmaker.
– Medical Animator.
– Mobile App Designer.
– Lighting Designer.
– Comic Book Artist.
– Visual Effects Editor.
– Environment Modeler.
– Compositor.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,884
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,884

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

 
Miss Ayanda Zwane
Postgraduate Faculty Officer
 
Miss Madile Moeketsi
Postgraduate Faculty Officer