Film & Media Labs

Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS)

This centre is located on Upper campus, and is the home of one of the disciplines in the Humanities that is fast-changing and has adopted and embraced technological changes as they unfold. From their second year of study, students undertake courses on video production, screen writing,print production and interactive media production. These have to be taught in an up-to-standard technology environment, with high-end MAC computers, running the latest film and audio technology software.

Computer Laboratories:

There are three technology spaces in this department.


The main laboratory is the Mendi Lab, which is situated in the basement of the Beattie Building (BB12), and is utilised by production and media students. The Mendi Lab received an upgrade in January 2010. 25 Power Mac G5 desktop computers were replaced with new Mac Pros, equipped with the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon technology. The old 17” CRT monitors were replaced with new Samsung 24 inch LCD’s 

Students now have access to brand new state-of-the-art software for video editing, design, motion graphics and animation, including Final Cut Studio 2, which includes Final Cut Pro 7, and the latest versions of Soundtrack Pro, Motion and DVD Studio Pro, and the Adobe CS4 suite, which includes After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

Not only does the lab cater for production and media students, but film editing workshops are also run in collaboration with the UCT Film Society for aspirant video production students. Overall, the upgraded Mendi Lab has received positive feedback from students and staff alike. 

Adjacent to the Mendi lab is the Percy Fox recording studio. This is where students and the department make audio recordings, and edit them. It has recording facilities and three iMacs and state-of-the-art sound equipment.

Lastly, there is a Percy Fox editing lab, based in the Arts Block, and fitted with 13 Imac computers; it runs similar software to that which is found in the Mendi Lab. The space is used mostly by Radio Production students for audio editing.