Media and Cultural Studies Discipline Showcases Filming TechnologiesGeneral

Film lecturer Mr Mzwandile Makhanya showing first year students his magic. Film lecturer Mr Mzwandile Makhanya showing first year students his magic.

The Discipline of Media and Cultural Studies gave first year students a bird’s eye view of the Pietermaritzburg campus when it hired a drone to showcase what the Discipline offers.

School of Arts Lecturer Dr Nicola Jones and PhD student and Lecturer, Mr Mzwandile Makhanya, ensured students were glued to screens in the outside broadcasting van with demonstrations of the drone whizzing past the Colin Webb Hall, revealing the building’s glory from the air.

Makhanaya explained: ‘Each year there is a pool of students who come to our department saying if they had known about us earlier, they would have enrolled in our courses. As a result, we decided to do an exhibition/orientation day to showcase what we offer and aspire to offer in future.

‘As much as undergraduates were fascinated by the making of blockbuster feature films, they were very enthusiastic about the approach of using film for educational and research purposes.’

Said Dr Jones: ‘The response from students was incredible - they were very enthusiastic and captivated.’ 

The Discipline hopes to incorporate drones in their teaching in the future. ‘Activities such as our exhibition broadens students’ understanding about the power of communication and filmmaking,’ said Makhanya.

Slindile Amanda Mkhize