Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Communication

Relevant undergraduate qualification (NQF 7 level) that includes a theoretical and practical component relating to Visual Communication fields.

  • Preliminary proposal.
  • Motivation.
  • A portfolio indicating practical skills.
  • CV.
  • Academic transcripts conveying academic trajectory and marks allocation.
  • A selection interview will take place with the applicant.

International applicants need to:

  • Obtain a letter from SAQA verifying the NQF level of the relevant qualification the applicant holds.
  • Obtain at least 55% in the Open Window English Literacy test.

OW students applying for the Honours qualification need to obtain a minimum of 65% in either Visual Culture 300 or Film Theory 300, as well as 65% in their practical major. If a student has achieved a mark of 65% or above for Research Practice, then a Film Theory 300 or Visual Culture 300 mark with a minimum of 60% is required to gain access to the programme.

An academic transcript conveying similar subjects and marks will be required for students applying from other institutions. Further information may be requested after the selection interview.


Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design
Bachelor of Film Arts
Bachelor of Creative Technologies

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission and an English mark of 55%.
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission and an English mark of 55%.
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) and an English mark of 55%.
  • NQF 5 qualification. If discipline is not cognate, at least 20% of credits must be academic-related literacy.
  • For international qualifications: An USAF Exemption Certificate is required and meets the relevant English requirements or SAQA certificate indicating an NQF 4 qualification with the applicable English Requirement.
  • Mature Age Exemption Certificate issued by USAF.
  • A portfolio of 3 creative works across any discipline.

*PLEASE NOTE: Students who pass the OW certificates are not guaranteed entry into the degree programme. Standard undergraduate admission requirements are still applicable when applying for the degree programme.


National Certificate: Film & Television Production
National Certificate: 3D Animation & Visual Effects
National Certificate: Design Techniques
FET Certificate: Photography

  • National Senior Certificate
    (or Senior Certificate if obtained prior to 2008).
  • For non-South African Certificates (i.e. Cambridge), a SAQA letter needs to be provided verifying the Certificate’s NQF level.
  • Matric with a Bachelor’s pass is not required.

The above requirements will allow you to apply at the Open Window. However, academic vetting will still take place before the issuing of an Acceptance Letter. In addition, OW reserves the right to accept or deny applicants based on the OW Admissions Policy.

Step 1: Enquire

  • Enquire on the website, at your school or visit our campus.
  • Book a Career Guidance consultation with one of our Student Advisors. (Covers Financial, Equipment, Accommodation, and Career Objectives).
  • Requested Documentation.
    (Certified ID and results)
  • Pay the R1750 (Non-refundable Application Fee).
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Step 2: Apply

    • After your consultation, the Student Advisor will supply you with a link to our Application Form which you will need to complete.
    • Academic Vetting based on results provided.
    • Receive an Acceptance letter.
    • Generate a quotation based on the acceptance letter.
    • Pick your subjects.
      (Student Advisor will be available to assist you).
Portfolio Requirements

Step 3: Registration

  • Pay the R12 000 Registration Fee
  • Complete the online registration form that the admission office will provide.
  • You will receive access to the Student Portal to view proof of registration and timetable once your registration is completed.


*Fees subject to change at the discretion of Open Window

  • Students register per academic year.
  • A fee is payable on registration.
  • OW has credit card facilities on campus.
  • The costs for the year are dependent on the study plan selected.
  • Curriculum changes might occur at any time and this could affect part-time students. You will be expected to adhere to the latest requirements as communicated to you.
  • Please note that the fees below only apply to New Level 1 students.
  • The tuition fees do include the following:
Level 1 FeesCertificate FeesHonours FeesPostgraduate Diploma Fees

Additional Equipment

Registration Days

Registration Days allow prospective students and parents to meet one-on-one with a Student Advisor for a free career guidance session.

Career guidance services include assistance in establishing career goals, acquiring qualification information, financial planning, accommodation assistance as well as admission to the Open Window for our next intake.

Start your creative journey by setting up an appointment with a Student Advisor below or join us on our Registration Days below for more information.

Intake Registration Weekends

Registration Days from 09:00 - 13:00

27 January  – Open Day
24 February – Registration Day
30 March – Registration Day
27 April – Teachers Conference
11 May – Open Day
27 May – Registration Day
29 June – Registration Day
27 July – Registration Day
31 August – Registration Day


27 July – Registration Day
31 August – Registration Day
07 September – Open Day
28 September – Registration Day
26 October – Registration Day
30 November – Registration Day

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