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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

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!’

SOME OF BOSTON MEDIA HOUSE'S GRADUATES…

  • 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

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 percent (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

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).

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

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

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)

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

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?

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.

REGISTRATION CONTRACT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Director: H.J. Botha

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)