Damelin Journalism

Damelin Journalism, a career in journalism is one of the most exciting fields, where you actually get paid for something you love. If you consider yourself to be a curious-creative, who enjoys chasing a story and searching for the truth, the Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies is your future cheque. Imagine interviewing celebrities or street children, exploring their worlds and crafting their story into a masterpiece. Attending exciting events and being the first to break the story in your community, country or to the world is one of the greatest joys of this profession.
The Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies will teach you how to gather and analyse information from various different sources and produce stories for different mediums. You will also learn the art of design and explore layout, editing, and publication management.
Write your own blog, become a columnist, broadcast journalist or photojournalist by joining one of our media houses or TV stations, and be the author of your own future, with a qualification that will take you places.

Why study at Damelin?

As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave the Damelin home with an unforgettable campus experience.

How to get in?

Registering for the Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies is simple. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.

  • A Grade 12 Certificate with admission to diploma studies
  • An achievement rating of 3 (40% – 49%) in 4 recognised 20 credit bearing subjects
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • English at grade 12/NQF level 4 or equivalent
  • AgeExemption(23 years or older):
    • At least five years post-secondary school experience in the field in which the student wants to study and
    • Proof of English language proficiency and
    • National Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption.
  • Foreign Students whose first language is not English, may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English prior to admission to the programme

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Time you will spend on the course

The programme duration is 3 years on a full-time basis, or 4 years on a part-time basis. Tuition is face to face and is scheduled per campus. Programmes are offered during the week on a full-time and part-time basis. Part-time tuition is scheduled as per the stipulated planner. A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule.

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your diploma.
*Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated.

Semester 1
News Reporting 1*
Language Studies 1A*
Communication Science
Semester 2
Media Production 1*
Language Studies 1B*
Media Studies 1*
End-user Computing**

** You have an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. If you pass, you will be awarded credits and will not be required to attend classes for this module.​

Semester 1
News Reporting 2*
Language Studies 2A*
Photoshop for Photographers
Media Law
Semester 2
Media Production 2*
Language Studies 2B*
Media Studies 2*


Semester 1
News Reporting 3*
Desktop Publishing
Editorial Management
Semester 2
Media Production 3*
Work Integrated Learning 2*

**160 hours of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is required to complete this course. WIL is a programme that helps students apply what they’ve learned in a real work setting while earning credits for their qualification.
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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed text books will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Journalist (Broadcast, Sports, Fashion, Investigative)
  • Blog Writer
  • Publication Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Freelance Writer
  • News Reporter
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Technical Writer
  • Foreign Correspondent

The strength in your qualification

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma in Journalism and Media studies.

Take your education to the next degree

Go even further with a higher qualification. With this diploma you can study further at Damelin or another accredited institution.
*Admission to further your studies remains the prerogative of each institution and its academic council.