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Communication (Graphic) Design (B8BA1Q)

Communication designers are creative thinkers and problem solvers who use a range of design

methods, processes and techniques to create professional communication designs, such as

posters, books, magazines, corporate identity programmes, packaging and web sites, both

individually and as members of teams.

The Department of Graphic Design offers a Bachelor of Arts in Design specialising in Communication Design. The

Department’s facilities include a number of studios and a centrally located Apple Macintosh computer studio.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to enter a communication design career by working in design studios, marketing consultancies,

branding and advertising agencies, and for newspapers, magazines and book publishers as:

—Graphic & communication designer

—Art directors

— Typographic designer

—Layout artists

— Illustrators

—Instructional designer

—Digital designer

In addition, employment can be found as an in-house designer for companies or state-supported institutions, or

graduates can choose to freelance or start their own graphic design business.

Admission Requirements

BA Design (Communication Design) (B8BA1Q)

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

— Submission of a prescribed portfolio.

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

Average Point Score (APS)

A minimum APS of

23 with Mathematics


24 with Mathematical Literacy

is required to apply for the programme.

BA Degree

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


Department of Graphic


, 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



with Mathematics


with Maths Literacy


(60 – 69%)


(50 – 59%)

Maths: 3

(40 – 49%)

Maths Lit: 4

(50 – 59%)

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.