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BA Degree

Fashion Design (B8BA5Q)

The purpose of the BA Fashion Design programme is to develop problem finders and problem

solvers that have the competence to work independently as entrepreneurial fashion designers. 

The objective of this degree is to:

— Apply integrated knowledge and advanced conceptual thinking skills to solve complex fashion

design problems;

—Use a range of design methods, processes and techniques to create, present and argue for professional fashion


— Enable students to demonstrate knowledge of design history and theory in broader context and fashion design

history and theory in discipline specific context, and to conduct design criticism and research.

Career opportunities

The programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a design career in the fashion industry, including:

— Problem solving through design

— Fashion entrepreneur

— Fashion designer

— Pattern engineer

— Stylist

Admission requirements

BA Design (Fashion Design) (B8BA5Q)

— Senior certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score.

— Attendance of an entrance assessment and the submission of a portfolio once the application form has been processed.

— Completion of the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) for Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL).

— Compulsory school subject: English.

Recommended school subjects for Fashion Design include Art, Design Studies, Business Economics and Mathematics

Average Point Score (APS)

A minimum APS of

23 with Mathematics


24 with Mathematical Literacy

is required to apply for the programme.

Portfolio Submission

Applicants must submit a

prescribed portfolio


Submission of a portfolio

must only take place

once you have officially

applied to the university

and have been invited by

the faculty to participate

in the selection process.

You will be informed by

means of a selection letter

from the faculty regarding

submission dates and

portfolio requirements.

Portfolios can be

submitted to:

Department of Fashion


University of Johannesburg,

Faculty of Art, Design and

Architecture (FADA),

Auckland Park Bunting

Road Campus, Auckland

Park 2006

* Portfolios can be posted

or dropped off at the above


Applicants are informed of

the outcome in an official

letter. Portfolios must be

collected four weeks after

submission, unclaimed

portfolios will be disposed

of by the department.



Mathematics OR

Maths Literacy



Language of

teaching and

learning *

Other recognised

language **


with Mathematics


with Maths Literacy


(50 – 59%)


(50 – 59%)

Maths: 4

(50 – 59%)

Maths Lit: 5

(60 – 69%)

Submission of

a specified


* English, Home Language or English First Additional Language / ** Home Language or English First Additional Language

For detailed information, refer to page 4 of this brochure.