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Why Boston Media House

Why Boston Media House

OUR VISION

Boston Media House’s vision is to provide the best quality media and design education and training in a teaching and learning environment that is exciting, current and driven by quality practices in order to continue to lead the way in media and design education in South Africa.

OUR MISSION

Department of Education Regulation 24d

Boston Media House strives to enhance, uplift and continuously improve the quality of media & design education and training in Southern Africa through our commitment to: ‘Education. For Life!’


Boston Media House is PROUD of:

  • Michael Carvalho – Attended the World Skills Programme in Japan and was awarded
    • Best of the Nation Award for South Africa 2007
    • Media of Excellence 2007
  • Kevin Perlin – Winner of Design Against Crime, a social responsibility initiative run by Media Power.
  • Mandla Duka – Finalist in 2009 World Skills Programme

In fact, in most top media companies, you are likely to find a Boston Media House graduates such as…

  • Michael Nqwema – News Editor television news;
  • Masiso Nchoe – Prize Co-ordinator at a commercial radio station;
  • Saras Arjunan –  Radio Producer;
  • Kenneth Mpembe – Sound Engineer and Station Image for a commercial radio station;
  • Beverly Mochebelele – Television Producer at an independent television production company of BPS programmes;
  • Neo Sibiloane – Advertising and sales at a major radio corporation;
  • Nonhlanhla Msimango – Promotions Co-ordinator at a major private radio station;
  • Alwyn Gulzar – Filler Programme Administrator for a pay television company;
  • Lance Watson – Marketing and promotions;
  • Mo Tsiki – Radio Presenter commercial radio, TV personality and voice artist;
  • Matsheko Mosito – Radio Producer commercial radio
  • Kebuileng Mosala – Production Co-ordinator television productions;
  • Andrew Mitchlee – Record company recruiting and administration;
  • Kene Mogoatlhe – Office co-ordination motoring industry;
  • Jo Masanabo – TV news Editor.

Boston Media House offers you...

  • Equipment and study facilities to train you in a real media environment
  • Training on the latest media, graphic and animation programmes that meet industry requirements
  • Digital radio studios
  • Experienced lecturers who are able to stimulate, develop and train your media mind
  • Most of all, an environment conducive to unlocking your full creative potential

CAMPUS LIFE

Boston isn’t just about studying hard and creating a dynamic career for you in the media industry. Our campus social life is packed with clubs to join and activities. Boston Media House has an active Student Committee that ensures that you enjoy the best student life. Come and join the vibe!


ACADEMIC PROGRESSION

Department of Education Regulation 21m

The overall mark for a particular subject is calculated from the student’s aggregated performance on formative and summative assessments in a particular subject.

Students need and overall mark of fifty (50%) to pass a subject.

THE PROGRAMME RULES OF SUBJECT COMBINATION AND THE PROGRAMME RULES OF PROGRESSION MUST BE MET IN ORDER TO BE AWARDED THE QUALIFICATION.

AS LONG AS THE FINAL GRADE FOR THE SUBJECT IS HIGHER THAN 30%.


CODE OF CONDUCT

Department of Education Regulation 24q

The Student Rulebook contains the general rules of the Institution that apply to all registered students and is aligned to the requirements for public information as per the requirements of the Higher Education Act, 1997 specifically Regulation 24 (as amended) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016, 2002 and the institution’s internal quality management system (QMS).


COMPLAINTS & GRIEVANCES

Department of Education Regulation 24t and 26a

Learner complaints and grievances must be lodged, and will be process, according to the procedures of the institution. If you submit an academic appeal or you are found guilty of a disciplinary offence you should follow the internal procedures for those matters prior to the drafting and submission of a formal complaint or grievance.

All matters other than academic appeals, disciplinary procedures and requests/suggestions can immediately be processed as complaints or grievances as per the procedures set out under this section.

Your complaints and grievances must be lodged with the Head of the Institution(as a representative of the management of the institution) and may also be lodged with the Registrar of the Department of Higher education for purposes of notification, if you so wish. You must, in the first instance, categorise your complaint in relation to the following institutional categories:

  • Quality of teaching and learning
  • Quality of facilities
  • Quality of general service delivery
  • Assessment judgments /outcomes (only after the internal adjudication of an academic appeal against an assessment outcome)
  • Disciplinary sanctions (Only after the internal procedures for minor or major disciplinary offences have been completed)
  • Refusal to write examinations
  • Certification
  • Refunds
  • Fees
  • Closure of the institution without informing learners
  • Unfair business practice
  • Contravention of the Bill of Rights as promulgated in the Constitution of the republic of South Africa
  • Other

Set out your complaint or grievance in a straightforward written narrative supported by any evidence that has a direct bearing on the complaint or grievance. After an investigation of the complaint or grievance, the institution will respond in writing, addressing the specifics of your complaint or grievance and any evidence that has a direct bearing on the complaint or grievance.

In the event that the learner (the complainant) and the management of the institution are unable to reach a mutually acceptable resolution, then the institution will submit to the Registrar of the Department of Higher Education:

  • A copy of the original letter of complaint
  • A copy of the institution’s written response to the complaint
  • A report citing the reasons for the non –resolution of the grievance or complaint and details of further action(s), if any contemplated or undertaken by the learner or the institution

The Registrar of the Department of Higher Education may, at her discretion and depending on the circumstances of the complaint, refer the institution to the consumer protector or to any other organisation or agency for further advice and investigation.

You should also be aware that if the dispute cannot be resolved by mechanisms internal to the institution (e.g. arbitration) or by the consumer protector or another organisation (if the matter is so referred by the registrar of the Department of Higher Education) your ordinary legal rights in the South African Legal system remain unaffected by any of these processes.

GENERAL INFO

FACILITIES

Boston Media House has lecture rooms, technical laboratories, a student canteen, a student information centre and a Library. The Library offers assistance and facilities to students for research as well as limited guidance in academic writing and academic literacy.

FINANCIAL AID

Department of Education Regulation 24o

Boston Media House understands that funding a higher education qualification can be challenging to many students and their families. We therefore provide a range of fee payment options to ensure that you realise your dreams of a media career. Please consult with a student counsellor to discuss the fee payment plan that suits you best.

A limited number of bursaries are also made available by the institution through various channels. Again, our student registration counsellor can offer you advice on any bursaries that are available. Bursary opportunities awarded by the institution usually require the student to have completed the first year of study so that there is a clear academic and behaviour track record on which to base our bursary decisions.

The option is also available to approach credible lending financial institutions. As an accredited and registered Private Higher Education Institution, Boston students may make an application for a student loan at any of South Africa’s retail banks.

FEES

Department of Education Regulation 24n

Fees and charges including refunds in the case of deferral, cancellation or withdrawal are set out in the Rulebook as well as well as the Registration Contract. Additionally, our registration counsellors are available for assistance if required

CREDIT ACCUMULATION & TRANSFER (CAT)

Department of Education Regulation 24m

Boston allows students with completed credits from recognised higher education Institutions in cognate (or similar) subjects to apply for credit transfers. Credit transfers will only be considered if accompanied by full academic records with a statement of satisfactory or good conduct from the previous institution. Students interested in applying will be considered individually by the Office of the Registrar – see relevant section in the ‘Application for Admission Form’ or online.

Where applicable, application may also be made for credit transfer between Boston qualifications or for credit accumulation within a Boston qualification.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS

Foreign students who do not hold a South African school leaving certificate must present a Grade 12 equivalence verification with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree or Diploma study from -the South African Matriculation Board. The Board can be contacted on +-27-010-591-4401/2

or applications@USAF.ac.za

Students who have qualifications from foreign higher education institutions must present an equivalence certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) which can be contacted on +27-(0)12 431-5070 or visit http//www.saqa.org.za/.

Foreign applicants are required to provide proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 550, or IELTS overall band score of 6.0.) prior to admission to the qualification.

MODE OF DELIVERY

Department of Education Regulation 24j

Contact learning, which is a mode of delivery characterised by face-to-face lectures with additional independent learning taking place in completing reading, projects and preparation for assessments.

HOW MANY SUBJECTS CAN I TAKE EACH SEMESTER?

The minimum enrolment is one (1) subject per semester. This will ensure students remain academically active. The maximum number of subjects you can take in one semester is dependent on the number of credits per subject. It is not recommended for students to take in excess of seventy (70) subject credits per semester.

LANGUAGE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING?

Department of Education Regulation 24i

English is the language of communication, instruction and assessment at Boston Media House. Notwithstanding the institution’s appreciation of the rich value of multiculturalism in South Africa and its impact on educational language policy, the institution has selected a single language in terms of its language policy since it would be impracticable to select more than one language, given the small size of the institution.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS & RELIGIOUS/CULTURAL HOLIDAYS

OTHER THAN ORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The institution respectfully acknowledges all other religious and cultural holidays but only grants officially sanctioned South African cultural/religious holidays as public holidays.

REFUND POLICY

Department of Education Regulation 24n

Once the Registration Contract has been signed, the account payer becomes liable for the full academic fees for the twelve (12) month period of the registration. Refunds may be requested by making the request in writing and supported by an explanation of the circumstances leading to the request for a refund. The institution considers refund requests on a case-by-case basis and it is at the absolute and sole discretion of the management of Boston Media House to agree to a refund.

REGISTRATION CONTRACT

Department of Education Regulation 24r

When you register at the beginning of each academic year, a Registration Contract (i.e. the enrolment contract) must be completed in full and must be signed by the student, their legal guardian (if necessary), the account payer, and the person providing financial surety for those paying the tuition fees over a period of months. The Registration Contract is a legally binding document and is restricted to a twelve (12) month cycle (at a time). Should a student wish to de-register within the twelve (12) month period, they may do so however no refund or cancellation of the tuition fees – whether paid or not- will be made or agreed to respectively.

RPL APPLICANTS

Department of Education Regulation 24h

Boston admits a small number of students through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying through RPL will be considered individually by the Office of the Registrar.

SEMESTER, TERMS & HOURS OF OPERATION

The ordinary operating hours of the institution are as follows:

Monday to Thursday 08h00 to 16h30

Friday 08h00 to 15h30

Saturday 08h00 to 13h00

The institution operates for a minimum of 30 academic weeks each year, divided into two semesters of two terms each.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES, ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE & DEVELOPMENT

Department of Education Regulation 24p

Boston Media House has appointed qualified and experienced lecturers and support staff to provide suitable support to learners. Student support services typically include career counselling, academic counselling, academic progression counselling, remedial academic interventions & psycho-social referrals. Students can contact counsellors and lecturers during their consultation times at the branch where they are registered.

WHERE DO I COMPLETE MY ASSESSMENTS?

All students must complete their assessments at the branch where they are registered.

WILL TEACHING MATERIALS BE PROVIDED TO ME?

Boston will provide all prescribed textbooks, course outlines and timetables for each subject. Therefore there will be no requirement to purchase any additional prescribed materials for all of the compulsory subjects. Personal stationary however must be provided by the student.

WHO WILL PROVIDE ME WITH ACADEMIC AND TUITION SUPPORT?

Boston Media House has appointed qualified and experienced lecturers to deliver and assess learning. Students can contact lecturers during their consultation times at the branch where they are registered for academic assistance.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Department of Education Regulation 24u

Boston Media House aims to produce well-rounded graduates, we support our student’s academic growth and achievements and also care about their personal well-being and development. Boston Media House offers all registered students free psycho-social counselling. The Boston Media House Student Wellness Blog (www.bmhstudentwellness.wordpress.com) posts great tips and advice on how to make your time as a student at Boston Media House a productive and healthy experience.

DISABILITY

Department of Education Regulation 24v

The Institution recognises the rights of all individuals, including those with disabilities. It is the responsibility of a disabled applicant to declare his/her disability before registering to ensure that proper support is available as facilities vary between campuses.

INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION, REGISTERED LEARNING PROGRAMME & SITES OF DELIVER

Department of Education Regulation 24a, c, e, f, g & l

ABOUT THE INSTITUTION

Boston Media House (Pty) Ltd

Reg. No. 2002/026252/07 (Boston)

Boston is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), as a private higher education institution, Registration No. 2008/HE07/007, until 31 December 2023.

Diploma in Media Practices (SAQA ID 83166, NQF (HEQSF) Level 6, Minimum Subject Credits 362, plus 5 Due Performance (DP) Credits at NQF Level 4).

Bachelor of Business Administration in Media Operations Management (SAQA ID 90664, NQF (HEQSF) Level 8, Minimum Subject Credits 362, plus 5 Due Performance (DP) Credits at NQF Level 4).

Both programmes are accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

DIRECTORS

Chief Executive Officer – A.Z. Katz

Financial Director – C.L. Stollard

Managing Director – S.J.de Roos

Director – L.M. Banda

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Head of Institution – Mike Thoms BA, BA (Hons), MPhil (Higher Education)

Registrar – Lizel Badenhorst BCom

Academic Head & Branch Manager (Sandton) – Carike Verbooy BA, BA (Hons), MA

Branch Manager (Pretoria) – Taryn Steenkamp

Branch Manager (Durban) – Brett Langton BSc, BSc (Hons)