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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
— South African Institute for Architectural Technologists
— Some 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 is required to apply for the programme. Mathematical Literacy is not accepted for this
programme. The Life Orientation score is divided by two when calculating the total APS.


Min APSLanguagesMathematicsOther requirements
 Entrance
assessment 
23
With
Mathematics
Language of teaching and learning*Other recognised language **
Maths Lit

Not accepted
4

(50 – 59%)
4

(50 – 59%)
4

(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 delivered or posted to the Department of Architecture within 6 weeks of the invitation letter, but no later than 30 October of that year.
  •  Applicants will be shortlisted and will be invited by email to attend a second round entrance assessment. Applicants will be notified of the dates and times accordingly.
       
    PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS  
  • A portfolio is a collection of the applicant's work, held in a 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 and why 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 exercise
  • 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 only. A map on its own will not suffice.

 

Project 3: Creative ability
  • 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.
  
PLEASE NOTE
  • 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 resourcefulness: Note that candidates with little experience in art or design are admitted where their work provides evidence of good observation, three-dimensional awareness and careful consideration of the presentation of the portfolio, with good, hand-drawn lettering, careful paper selection and careful organisation of the pages.
  • Motivation: 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 as well as your written motivation.
  • Initiative: 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.

Portfolio Submission
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:

University of Johannesburg
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)
Bunting Road Campus 
Auckland Park, 2006

*Portfolios can be posted or dropped off at the above address.
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.


Contact Details
Ms. Nombuso P. Luthuli
Departmental Secretary
Telephone:+27 11 559 1115
E-mail: lluthuli@uj.ac.za

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 will offer the following programmes in 2019:

— Bachelor of Architecture
— Diploma in Architecture
— Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology (specialising in either Applied Design or Architectural Management)
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
— South African Institute for Architectural Technologists
— Some 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. The Life Orientation score is divided by two when calculating the total APS.
Applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements (APS or M-score) for the Bachelors in Architecture will be invited to attend an entrance assessment and to submit a prescribed portfolio
 
Min APSLanguagesMathematicsOther requirements
 Entrance
assessment 
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 delivered or posted to the Department of Architecture within 6 weeks of the invitation letter, but no later than 30 October of that year.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

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 and why 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 exercise
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 only. A map on its own will not suffice.

Project 3: Creative ability
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.

PLEASE NOTE
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 resourcefulness: Note that candidates with little experience in art or design are admitted where their work provides evidence of good observation, three-dimensional awareness and careful consideration of the presentation of the portfolio, with good, hand-drawn lettering, careful paper selection and careful organisation of the pages.

Motivation: 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 as well as your written motivation.

Initiative: 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.
 ​
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:
University of Johannesburg
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)
Bunting Road Campus
Auckland Park, 2006
*Portfolios can be posted or dropped off at the above address.
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.

Contact Details

Ms. Nombuso P. Luthuli
Departmental Secretary
Telephone:+27 11 559 1115
E-mail: lluthuli@uj.ac.za

BTech (Architectural Technology: Applied Design)
This programme aims to produce candidates for registration as Senior Architectural Technologists, an upper mid-level registration category defined by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). The programme carries SACAP, RIBA and CAA Part 1 accreditation.

The programme focuses on architectural design, design theory and design development and is primarily intended for students who, during their diploma studies, have displayed a talent for design and who wish to further develop this ability, with a view to register as Professional Senior Architectural Technologists or continue with studies to qualify as Professional Architects or who wish to practice independently.

After two years as a Candidate Senior Technologist, as well as passing the SACAP qualifying examination, candidates are eligible to register as Professional Senior Architectural Technologists.

Admission Requirements
Curriculum: Page 99

Apply Now For more information email: kloots@uj.ac.za or call 011 559 1098

BTech (Architectural Technology: Management)
This programme aims to provide an opportunity for Architectural Technologists who wish to continue their studies, in order to advance their career opportunities in this capacity. The programme focuses on the administration and management of architectural practices, projects, housing, urban resources and development.

Admission Requirements
Curriculum: Page 100

Apply Now For more information email: kloots@uj.ac.za or call 011 559 1098

MTech (Architectural Technology)

Having obtained this qualification, students will be competent architectural practitioners who are able to conduct independent research and independently perform professional architectural services in technology, design and management in the public and/or private (formal or informal) sectors or specialised fields in the built environment.

Admission requirements (see Faculty Postgraduate Policy)

A Baccalaureus Technologiae: Architectural Technology with an average mark of at least 65% or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on academic merit and a preliminary research proposal, as approved by the Departmental Committee.

Curriculum

CODE MODULE: RES7391 Research and Dissertation: Architecture

Programme structure

  • The programme is offered both full-time and part-time as a research programme.
  • Mnimum number of months for registration: 12 months.
  • Maximum number of months for registration: 24 months full-time and 36 months part-time.
  • The research component comprises 100% of the programme.