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Durban University of Technology Video Technology

Durban University of Technology Video Technology Department.


Video Technology Handbook

Now, more than ever, the future of video glows bright. The need for content has increased enormously with the advent of digital broadcasting, both in South Africa and around the world. The Internet, also, has provided a home for emerging forms of video such as webisodes and webcasts. Mobile platforms, such as cell phones and tablets, make it possible to view video anywhere, anytime. Video is the medium of the day.Making a television or video programme is a highly specialized task. It requires a team of bright, creative, and hard working individuals. It demands great technical skill. It needs people who are well trained.


If you would like to work in the television and video industry the first, most important step, is to get the right training and qualifications to equip you for your chosen career.

Durban University of Technology’s Television School is the leading tertiary institution in South Africa to offer specialised, hands-on training in all aspects of television and video production. We are the only school in South Africa whose graduates have won 4 Emmy awards, the only school to train in Outside Broadcasts and the only school to train marine videographers.

The diploma covers all aspects of production, including researching, script writing, production management, camera operations, lighting, editing, sound recording and mixing, and directing. All necessary equipment is available for students to complete their projects. Facilities include two TV studios, digital editing suites, an outside broadcast vehicle, professional digital camera kits, a Jimmy Jib, specialist underwater housings and additional laboratories.
Students create a variety of programmes as part of their course:

  • magazine programmes
  • inserts
  • public service announcements
  • music videos
  • corporates
  • outside broadcasts
  • dramas
  • documentaries
  • reality shows
  • webisodes

These practical course components are supplemented by theory lectures. Teaching staff have considerable industry experience, as well as the relevant academic qualifications.

National Diploma Video Technology Entrance Requirements

Bachelor of Technology Video Technology Entrance Requirements



3 years full-time

Entry Requirements:
South African Grade 12, or equivalent. A good command of English is essential as lectures and text books are in English. A prior involvement in video, photography, graphic design or drama would be an advantage as would Computer literacy. The limited places are then offered after qualifications have been reviewed and applicants have been interviewed.

Please note: there are many more applicants who apply for the course than can be offered places. Meeting minimum requirements in no ways guarantees placement on the course

Subjects in the course:
Introduction to Television: Theory and Programme making
Television Production Theory 1 : Camera and Lighting 1, Script Writing 1; Sound 1; Editing 1; Computers
Television Production Theory 2: Camera and Lighting 2, Script Writing 2; Sound 2; Editing 2; Production Management
Television Production Theory 3: Directing
Communication in Video: 1
Communication in Video: 2
Communication in Video: 3
Television Electronics
Television Appreciation and Development :1
Television Appreciation and Development: 2
Practical Television Production: 1
Practical Television Production: 2
Practical Television Production: 3


1 year, post diploma

Entrance Requirements:
Above average achievement in the N. Dip: Video Technology, or equivalent 3 year diploma or degree, is required. In addition, applicants will be requested to present themselves for an interview and assessment.

Subjects in the course:
Television Production Theory 4
Students focus on refining concepts and content for productions and pitching these ideas to a panel. Courses include marine videography, broadcast management, business skills and independent producing.

Practical Television Production 4
A variety of practical training is offered including:

Panasonic P2 and Canon DSLR camera operations
Jimmy Jib operations
Marine videography (view pictures Marine Photography)
Final Cut Pro editing
Pro Tools final mix operations

Students design a portfolio of productions including productions such as long form dramas and documentaries as well as reality, music videos, outside broadcasts, studio-based programmes or cutting-edge, new genre forms not yet seen on television. The majority of time allocated to this subject is spent in hands-on programme making resulting in high-quality, broadcastable programmes.

Students complete a course in research methods in both a class room and on-line context.

Research Project
Students devise a research question of relevance to the television industry and complete a research paper on their chosen topic.


Department Secretary
Tel: 031 373 6627
Fax: 031 373 6632
City Campus

Central Applications Office (CAO)
Private Bag X 06
Dalbridge 4014

Telephone: 031 2684444

Fax 031 268 4422


Internet: www.cao.ac.za

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