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— A portfolio is a collection of the applicant’s work, held in protective covering, such as cardboard or rigid plastic

sheets. Covers must not be larger than 594mm X 420mm (A2).

— The applicant’s reference number (on your invitation letter), telephone number and the wording “DEPARTMENT

OF ARCHITECTURE” must appear on the cover in neat block letters.

— The portfolio cover is part of the portfolio and should be designed as a reflection of the applicant and their work.

The portfolio must contain the following


a) A single A4 sheet (preferably typed) providing:

— A summary of the applicant’s most recent school results and other studies

— A brief outline of the applicant’s work experience and the results of any aptitude testing

— A certified declaration that the portfolio is the applicant’s own work

b) A certified copy of the applicant’s most recent school results and other studies

c) A one-page essay (preferably typed) explaining why the applicant would like to study architecture

d) A letter from a firm of architects confirming that the applicant has spent a full day in their office and has

discussed a career in architecture with one of the senior members of the firm.

Project 1: Drawing

—Make a pencil drawing

of the entrance to

a favourite public

building. Use A2 paper

(594mm x 420mm).

Do this drawing as

accurately and as

neatly as possible.

— This drawing must

be done free-hand. A

ruler, compass or any

other technical drawing

instrument may not

be used, nor may the

drawing be traced from

a photograph. You may

add colour and or any

form of rendering. It

is preferable that you

draw a building that you

have visited before.

— In your own handwriting

and words, describe

the entrance that you

have drawn



this particular entrance

appeals to you. This

essay should clearly

describe the building;

its entrance in totality,

including but not limited

to, the spaces on either

side of the entrance

door. Where possible,

indicate which architect

and/or engineer

designed the building.

This essay should

not exceed 2 pages.

Project 2: Mapping


—Without text, visually

communicate a journey

from your home

to a favourite local

destination. Any medium

is acceptable. Use one

sheet of A2 paper.

All drawings must

be done free-hand


. A map on its

own will not suffice.

Project 3: Creative


— Include any five

other pieces of work

as evidence of your

creative ability


This could include

photographs, essays,

poetry, paintings,

dance, sculpture,

pottery, handicraft,

etc. In the case of

items such as pottery,

sculpture or activities

such as dance, include

a clear photograph

– do not include the

original item.

— You should preferably

include a diverse array,

not just photographs

or paintings, etc.

Project 4: Three-

dimensional thinking

—Design and make

cardboard packaging

that can securely hold a

set of three table tennis

(“ping-pong”) balls. Your

design must be such

that it can be made

from a single piece of

cardboard that can be

cut to shape, folded

and glued together.

— The packaging must be

“flat packed” (cut out

but not folded and glued

together) and included

in your portfolio in its

flat (unfolded form).

On a separate A2

sheet of paper, provide

graphic instructions

on how to assemble

the packaging.


— The size of portfolio

may NOT exceed A2

(594 x 420mm).

— The drawings may NOT

be rolled up or put into

cylindrical containers.

— Each item of your work

must be clearly marked

with your name.

While we take every care

not to damage items, we

cannot be held responsible

in any way for the loss

or damage to the whole

or part of your work.

We look for the

following in the work


Potential and



Note that candidates

with little experience

in art or design are

admitted where their

work provides evidence

of good observation,


awareness and careful

consideration of the

presentation of the

portfolio, with good,

hand-drawn lettering,

careful paper selection

and careful organisation

of the pages.


: This can

be seen in the way

in which you present

your work as a whole,

the degree of effort

and time invested in

your portfolio and your

written motivation.


: What often

separates successful

applicants from others

is the ability to explore

or record something for

themselves, working

because they are

interested – not because

they have to. This means

that sketch explorations

are as useful as finished

works. Although

supplementary work

from school art or other

institutions or courses is

often received, evidence

of this independent

initiative does not

necessarily lie there.

Creative ability

: This

is an important factor.

However, note that

expertise in technical

drawing, painting,

water colours, etc. is

not all that is looked

at. A sense of design or

composition, an ability to

observe, communicate

clearly, represent

accurately and a sense

of scale that allows for

an imaginative approach

to subject matter and

attention to detail are all

looked for in the work.

Academic potential


Strong portfolios often

show work that is

motivated by original

ideas, thoroughness,

initiative, faultless

grammar and

spelling, vocabulary,

research, etc.

Details of portfolio

evaluation are available on



Portfolios must be

submitted within two

weeks of the applicant’s

attending the selection

testing but no later

than 27 October 2017


Applicants will be

informed of the outcome

of the assessment in an

official letter. Portfolios

must be collected by

26 January 2018.

The portfolio must be sent

via courier or delivered

to the Departmental

Secretary, Department

of Architecture, FADA

Building, Auckland Park

Bunting Road Campus,

University of Johannesburg,

Cottesloe, Johannesburg.

Contact telephone

number 011 559 1115.




Degree and


Contact Details

Department of Architecture

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)

University of Johannesburg

Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus


FADA Information Centre

011 559 1115/1098 /