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Diploma in Architecture (D8AT1Q)

This programme is an entry-level qualification that addresses all knowledge fields in Architecture. The programme focuses on technological design development and

documentation and prepares students for further study or registration and employment as Candidate Architectural Technologists or further studies.

 

Career Opportunities

The architectural profession offers a wide range of specialisations, from management to technology and design.

Graduates will be able to register with the following professional bodies or institutes:

— South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)

— South African Institute for Architectural Technologists SAIAT)

— Provincial Institutes of the SA Institute of Architects.

 

Admission Requirements — Diploma of Architecture (D8AT1Q)

— Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score (as below) and degree admission.

— Submission of a prescribed portfolio once the application form has been processed.

Recommended school subjects include Art, Technical Drawing and/or Physical Science or Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD).

 

Average Point Score (APS)

A minimum APS of 23 with Mathematics OR 24 with Technical Maths is required to apply for the programme. Mathematical Literacy is not accepted for this programme.

 

 

 

Minimum APS

Group A Subjects

Additional requirements after meeting minimum requirements

 

Languages

 

Mathematics (Maths) only

Technical Mathematics

Language of teaching and learning *

Other recognised language **

23

4

(50 – 59%)

4

(50 – 59%)

4

(50 – 59%)

5

(60 – 69%)

Submission of a specified portfolio
Applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements (APS or M-score) for the Diploma in Architecture may be invited to submit a prescribed portfolio.

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

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Apply online via the University of Johannesburg website (www.uj.ac.za).
  • Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be invited by the Faculty to submit a portfolio.
  • Portfolios must be submitted online.

 

ENTRANCE SELECTION PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

The entrance selection portfolio requirements for the Diploma in Architecture (D8AT1Q) will consist of the following sections:

 

Section 1 – Self-Introduction Video

Upload a video of yourself.

This video must not be longer than 30 seconds.

A video that is longer than 30 seconds will not be assessed.

Very briefly, in 30 seconds, tell us who you are and what you find most exciting about studying at FADA.

Submission Format:  MP4, 40MB

 

Section 2 – Three-Dimensional Drawing

Draw a three-dimensional drawing of a public building, once you have completed your drawing take a photo of the drawing and upload the photo.

* Note* (this drawing must not include a drawing of a shopping centre, a mall, or a casino)

Submission Format:  jpg, jpeg, png, 2MB

 

Section 3 – Written Component

Essay Question:

Write an essay of 300 words only, about a recent news story or article that had an impact on your life and

how did it influence you or change the way you think about an issue?

Submission Format:  Input to be made within the textbox provided as part of Section 3, via the on-line entrance selection portfolio submission process.

 

 Section 4 – Departmental Assessment

Drawing of a tree that is prevalent in your area and showing its distinctive characteristics and value to society.

Submission Format: Image: Upload format: Images, jpeg, png, 2MB

 

Disclaimer:

Submission of a portfolio must only take place once you have officially applied to the university and have been officially invited by the faculty to participate in the entrance selection portfolio process. You will be informed by means of an official entrance selection letter from the faculty regarding the portfolio requirements and the submission process.

No emailed portfolios (or part thereof) will be accepted.

 

Contact details

Ms Nombuso P Luthuli
Departmental Secretary: Architecture and Interior Design
Faculty Art, Design and Architecture
Tel +27 11 559 1115

 

Bachelor of Architecture (B8BA3Q)

The programme is an entry-level qualification that addresses all knowledge fields in Architecture. The programme focuses specifically on the theoretical and social aspects of Architecture. It enables you to tailor your studies to your own interest and career plans. This type of qualification can be followed by additional postgraduate studies to prepare you for a career in a specific field.

Architectural professionals are involved in shaping the built environment. From low-rise public projects to multilevel private buildings. Architectural professionals are employed in the design, technological resolution and onsite supervising of the construction of projects.

The Department of Architecture is offering the following programmes:

— Bachelor of Architecture

— Diploma in Architecture

The Department’s offerings have unconditional validation from the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the Commonwealth Association for Architecture (CAA).

Career Opportunities

The architectural profession offers a wide range of specialisations, from management to technology and design.

Graduates will be able to register with the following professional bodies or institutes:

— South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)

— South African Institute for Architectural Technologists (SAIAT)

— Provincial Institutes of the SA Institute of Architects.

Average Point Score (APS)

A minimum APS of 28 is required to apply for the programme. Mathematical Literacy is not accepted for this programme.

 

Min APSLanguagesMathematics
​Other requirements
 Specified Portfolio
28
With
Mathematics
Language of teaching and learning*Other recognised language **

Maths Lit

Not accepted

5

(50 – 59%)

4

(50 – 59%)

5

(50 – 59%)

 

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

 

APPLICATION PROCESS
• Apply online via the University of Johannesburg website (www.uj.ac.za).
• Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be invited by the Faculty to submit a portfolio.
• Portfolios must be submitted online.

 

ENTRANCE SELECTION PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

The entrance selection portfolio requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture (B8BA3Q) will consist of the following sections:

 

Section 1 – Self-Introduction Video

Upload a video of yourself.

This video must not be longer than 30 seconds.

A video that is longer than 30 seconds will not be assessed.

Very briefly, in 30 seconds, tell us who you are and what you find most exciting about studying at FADA.

Submission Format:  MP4, 40MB

Section 2 – Three-Dimensional Drawing

Draw a three-dimensional drawing of a public building, once you have completed your drawing take a photo of the drawing and upload the photo.

* Note* (this drawing must not include a drawing of a shopping centre, a mall, or a casino)

Submission Format:  jpg, jpeg, png, 2MB

Section 3 – Written Component

Essay Question:

Write an essay of 300 words only, about a recent news story or article that had an impact on your life and

how did it influence you or change the way you think about an issue?

Submission Format:  Input to be made within the textbox provided as part of Section 3, via the online entrance selection portfolio submission process.

Section 4 – Departmental Assessment

Drawing of a tree that is prevalent in your area and showing its distinctive characteristics and value to society.

Submission Format: Image: Upload format: Images, jpeg, png, 2MB

 

Disclaimer:

Submission of a portfolio must only take place once you have officially applied to the university and have been officially invited by the faculty to participate in the entrance selection portfolio process. You will be informed by means of an official entrance selection letter from the faculty regarding the portfolio requirements and the submission process.

No emailed portfolios (or part thereof) will be accepted.

 

 

Contact details

Ms Nombuso P Luthuli
Departmental Secretary: Architecture and Interior Design
Faculty Art, Design and Architecture
Tel +27 11 559 1115

 

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities 

B ARCH HONORS-H8AT2Q

Purpose of the programme

The Bachelor of Architecture Honours programme is designed to prepare students for entry into the architectural profession at ‘Candidate Senior Architectural Technologists’ registration category
(as defined by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession [SACAP]) and for entry into either into the professional master of architecture or the research masters programmes.

Admission requirements

  • A BTech (Architectural Technology) Applied Design degree that carries SACAP ‘Part 1’ and accreditation, with an average mark of 60% and at least 60% for the modules Applied Design 4 and Theory of Design 4. For internal (UJ) candidates who have achieved the minimum admission requirements, no interview is required, although this may be requested;
  • A BAS or equivalent degree that carries SACAP ‘Part 1’ accreditation with a 60% average and at least 60% for exit level Design and Design Theory-related modules. Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of design work and attend an interview;
  • An equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard (national or international), as determined by the GPA Admissions Committee after submission of a portfolio and/or interview of the applicant’s own design work.

Selection criteria

Potential students are required to submit a portfolio and attend an interview. The assessment of both the portfolio and interview will be done by a panel of assessor(s) appointed by the Graduate Programme of Architecture (GPA) Admissions Committee

Curriculum

MODULE CODEMODULE NAMEMODULE TYPE
ADP8XY4Architectural Design ProjectCompulsory
AHT8XY4Architectural History and TheoryCompulsory
APP8XY4Architectural Professional PracticeCompulsory

Duration

a) Minimum duration: One year full-time

b) Maximum number of modules per year of study:

i) Three-year modules

Contact details: Name: Mrs Adele Maritz

Tel: 011 559 1126 / Email: fadapg@uj.ac.za

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE- M8AT1Q

Purpose of the programme

The purpose of this programme is to offer a programme at the ‘Part 2’ level (as defined by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession [SACAP] in terms of Act 44 of 2000), thereby preparing students for entry into the architectural profession at the ‘Candidate Architect’ registration category. Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to demonstrate competence in the specified exit level outcomes; conduct independent research at a high theoretical and/or design-research based level, and independently perform architectural services in both public and private sectors, or in specialised fields within the built environment-related disciplines.

Admission requirements (see Faculty Postgraduate Policy)

The following minimum admission requirements must be met:

A Bachelor of Architecture Honours (BArchHons) degree, or Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours (BASHons) degree, or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board and who meet the selection criteria described below.

Selection criteria
Given resource and space restrictions and the importance of selecting students who have a realistic chance of success in meeting the outcomes of the programme, selection is based on academic merit, as approved by the GSA Admissions Committee. To this end:

  • Portfolios are assessed by a panel of assessor(s) appointed by the GSA Admissions Committee;
  • Applicants are informed in writing of the outcome of the portfolio assessment and interview.

Programme structure

This master’s programme is offered on a full-time basis only.
Minimum number of months for registration: 12 months.
Maximum number of months for registration: 24 months.

Curriculum

​CODE​MODULECODE​PREREQUISITES
​ADE8XY4​Architectural Design Portfolio​ N/A​N/A

Contact details: Name: Mrs Adele Maritz
Tel: 011 559 1126 / Email: fadapg@uj.ac.za

MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (DESIGN, THEORY AND PRACTICE)- M8DT1Q

Purpose of the programme

The purpose of the MArch (Design, Theory and Practice) programme is to offer an Master’s programme open to candidates seeking to undertake advanced architectural (or in related disciplines) architectural design, theory and practice study, leading to a more traditional academic career or a PhD. It is particularly aimed at delivering diverse, yet highly focused strands of theoretical research.
Having obtained this qualification, students will be able to demonstrate competence in the specified exit level outcomes; conduct independent research at a high theoretical and/or design-research based level.
Outcomes of the programme A qualifying student is able to:
1. Apply specialist knowledge of architectural design, theory or practice.
2. Demonstrate a command of architectural design, theory or practice and research methods and procedures to address complex problems.
3. Access, process and manage architectural design, theory or practice information effectively.
4. Produce architectural design, theory or practice information for, and communicate it to, a range of audiences. 5. Manage independent architectural design, theory or practice learning and act accountably.

Admission requirements (see Faculty Postgraduate Policy)
The following minimum admission requirements must be met:
A Bachelor of Architecture Honours (BArchHons) degree, or Bachelor of Architectural Studies Honours (BASHons) degree, or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board and who meet the selection criteria described below. Students with existing Master’s level degrees in a design- or related discipline may also apply.

Selection criteria
Given resource and space restrictions and the importance of selecting students who have a realistic chance of success in meeting the outcomes of the programme, selection is based on academic merit, as approved by the GSA Admissions Committee. To this end:
a) Applications and/ or Portfolios are assessed by a panel of assessor(s) appointed by the GSA Admissions Committee;
b) Applicants might be ask to attend an interview.

Applicants are informed in writing of the outcome of the portfolio assessment and interview.

Duration
This master’s programme is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.
Minimum number of months for registration: 12 months.
Maximum number of months for registration: 36 months.

Outcomes of the programme

A qualifying student is able to:

  • Apply specialist knowledge of architectural design, theory or practice.
  • Demonstrate a command of architectural design, theory or practice and research methods and procedures to address complex problems.
  • Access, process and manage architectural design, theory or practice information effectively.
  • Produce architectural design, theory or practice information for, and communicate it to, a range of audiences.
  • Manage independent architectural design, theory or practice learning and act accountably.

Curriculum

​CODE​MODULE​CODE​PREREQUISITES
​APT8X01​Architectural Portfolio/Thesis​n/a​n/a
​APT8X02​Architectural Portfolio/Thesis​n/a​n/a

Contact details:

Name: Mrs Adele Maritz
Tel: 011 559 1126
Email: fadapg@uj.ac.za

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Art and Design P8AD1Q

Admission requirements 
An appropriate Master’s Degree or equivalent with a minimum final mark of 65%

Selection criteria
An appropriate Master’s Degree or equivalent with a minimum final mark of 65%

Purpose of the programme
The purpose of the programme is to enable candidates to undertake research at the most advanced academic level culminating in the submission, assessment and acceptance of a thesis. The candidate is required to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of art and/or design. In certain instances, creative work such as designed artefacts, public performances, public exhibitions or other practice based outputs may constitute the partial fulfilment of the research requirements.

Duration of programme
Minimum duration: Two years full-time or part-time.
Maximum duration: Four years full-time or five years part-time

Curriculum

​CODE​MODULE
​PAD10XA​Thesis Art and Design
​PAD10XB​Thesis Art and Design

 

Contact details

Name: Mrs Adele Maritz
Tel: 011 559 1126
Email: fadapg@uj.ac.za