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BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)
Period of study: 3 Years
The Bachelor of Arts exits at HEQSF level 7 and the minimum duration is three years. The B.A. intends to develop skilled graduates who are able to engage critically with the world and apply disciplinary content to the resolution of problems. There is a strong focus on languages (Afrikaans, English and Setswana), History, Heritage Studies, Geography, Mathematics and Sociology.
Heritage Studies is a compulsory 1st year module to provide students with an interdisciplinary academic field that takes a critical look at the way we preserve, present, participate and interrogate heritage and the unofficial objects and symbols of heritage.
For the B.A. Degree, it is envisaged that articulation into postgraduate qualifications will enable further development of the majors or in selected professional fields. The package is aimed at equipping the learner with communication skills as well as in-depth knowledge of the subjects of their choice. Students from the B.A. acquire perspectives on different aspects of people and their interaction with the world.
B.A. graduates are equipped to become researchers or practitioners in a variety of professional domains such as museums and other heritage organisations, language based positions (translation and editing), teaching, communication, journalism, creative writing, media work, community development, tourism and the diplomatic service.
HIGHER CERTIFICATE IN HERITAGE STUDIES
Period of study: 1 Year
This course provides students with a theoretical and practical grounding of knowledge and skills about the heritage sector.
A key benefit is that this Certificate provides an opportunity for studying further in heritage or another discipline. This Certificate would enable a pathway for ongoing learning and successful graduates could enter one of the various undergraduate degree course such as the B.A. or B.Ed. Degrees. We are keen to produce students with a strong ability for independent thinking who can be prepared for this level of learning.
The skills developed, would encourage work in diverse roles within national and provincial heritage management bodies or privately-managed heritage organisations. This could include roles from administration in heritage institutions such as museums. Other possible roles could include assisting in archival work in a wide range of institutions including universities, public and private bodies, or working within the tourism industry.