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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 is required to apply for the programme. Mathematical Literacy is not accepted for this
programme.
Min APS Languages Mathematics

Other requirements

 

23
With
Mathematics
Language of teaching and learning* Other recognised language **
Maths Lit

Not accepted
4

(50 – 59%)
4

(50 – 59%)
4

(50 – 59%)
Specified Portfolio

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
 

*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.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Portfolio Requirements Architecture Degree and Diploma

The following documentation must accompany your portfolio:

  •  A handwritten or preferably typed A4 page declaring that the work you have submitted is wholly and truly yours.

Project 01: Sketch

Objective:

Make an A5 size sketchbook containing a maximum of 10 pages It can have lines, but preferably no lines. Fill the book as quickly as possible over a few days with drawings of any spaces and objects around you. They must not be perfect, but they must capture the feeling of what you are drawing. Each page must be filled from edge to edge.

Medium: A5 Sketchbook. Pencil, pen, charcoal. The book can be handmade, i.e. the pages can be stapled, glued, strung or clipped.

Helpful Hint: You can draw your bedroom in different perspectives or views, your house, your street, neighbourhood. You can draw the whole object, or space or parts of it only. The trick is to draw what you see and capture the light, shadow and the texture of everything. The drawing must have emotion. Do not use a light, medium, use heavy or dark mediums.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how well you translate real life into quick sketches.

 

Project 02: Make

Create a lampshade not more than shade 30cm in big in any direction. Do not include the legs of the lamp, light bulbs or electrical – only the lampshade. It must be foldable and flattened into your portfolio. The shape of the lampshade and the cut-outs into material of the lampshade must resemble a dream that you had. So, if your dream was hazy, floaty, light, dark, crazy, then those emotions must be represented and captured in the shape of the lamp and the cutouts of the shade. Include an A4 drawing of the lamp and the lampshade. Draw the different sides of the lamp and state what the emotion of the dream was on this drawing.

Medium: It must be recycled material. Choose a minimum of two different used, food packaging materials from your household kitchen eg. egg carton, milk box, potato bag, sweet wrapper, etc.

Helpful Hint: Pay attention to how much light shines through the material, how the materials are joined and connected. Be innovative. You may use colour and patterning.  

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how complex your geometric understanding of three-dimensional form is, how well you translate concepts of emotion into a shape and pattern as well as your creative use of materials

 

Project 03: Visit

Online, visit a public building of your choice (not a shopping centre, malls or casino – these are private buildings) it can be a church, mosque, synagogue, community centre, municipal or council building. Over a series of pages draw different part of the building and with notes describe the materials, the steps, the overhang, the roof, the windows, the doors, etc. Try to demonstrate how much you know about building materials and technology.

Medium: Hand-drawn only (no computer-aided drawings). You may use any medium of your choice eg. pen, watercolour, pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel etc. or a combination.  

Helpful Hint: It can be perspective drawings. It can include plans, sections, elevations and details. You may include your own drawn You are encouraged to use multiple/ mixed mediums as well as incorporate photography and collage into the finished product.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see if you understand elements and materials of buildings.

 

Project 04: Research + Writing

Research any African, South American or Indian Architect or Architectural Practice who inspires you and practices public architecture (not private houses, shopping centres, malls or casinos – these are private buildings) it can be a public housing, transport buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centres, educational buildings like schools, municipal or council buildings. Choose one of their buildings. Then write In a two-page essay and elaborate on why your choice of project motivates you to study architecture. At the bottom of the page state which book or website you got your information from. This must be written in your own words.

Medium: Two pages of A4 paper handwritten, preferably typed with photos of the project.

Helpful Hint: Some of the guiding questions that can guide your answers are, what sets this architect or their architecture apart from other architects? How did the architect arrange the building? Ie. Is it a long, tall, scattered, unified, multiple cubes, one large shape? and why do you think it is that shape? what materials or technology does the architect us and why do you think they used it? How do you approach the entrance? How does the building sit on the ground? Ie. On the ground, snug, floating, inside the earth? Do not copy and paste the words from the internet- this is called plagiarism which will result in disqualification of your project. The selected building can also be in your own city or town. You may use the internet.

Assessment: Here we are testing your research skills. How well can you research, what lengths would you go to find out information. Then we also want to see what kind of architecture you enjoy.

 

Bonus Project***

Project 05: Video

(This project is optional and if you have the resources to do it. If you cannot submit this video, it will not disqualify you, you will still be included in the selection process, it just helps us to know who you are.) 

Create 20 to 30-second video of yourself. State your name, surname and where you are from. Then show us all of the projects you did for this portfolio submission on the video. 

Medium: Video. The video can either be sent to us in a direct message on Facebook @DOArchi or tag us on Instagram on @doa_uj 

Helpful Hint: Keep it simple and clear.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how well you present your ideas clearly and simply.


Submit your portfolio online here

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.


Contact Details

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

Min APS Languages Mathematics Other requirements
 
 
Submission of a specified portfolio
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

 

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’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.

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 APS Languages Mathematics
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.
  • Thereafter applicants will be shortlisted and either be accepted or invited for an  interview

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Portfolio Requirements Architecture Degree and Diploma

The following documentation must accompany your portfolio:

  •  A handwritten or preferably typed A4 page declaring that the work you have submitted is wholly and truly yours.

Project 01: Sketch

Objective:

Make an A5 size sketchbook containing a maximum of 10 pages It can have lines, but preferably no lines. Fill the book as quickly as possible over a few days with drawings of any spaces and objects around you. They must not be perfect, but they must capture the feeling of what you are drawing. Each page must be filled from edge to edge.

Medium: A5 Sketchbook. Pencil, pen, charcoal. The book can be handmade, i.e. the pages can be stapled, glued, strung or clipped.

Helpful Hint: You can draw your bedroom in different perspectives or views, your house, your street, neighbourhood. You can draw the whole object, or space or parts of it only. The trick is to draw what you see and capture the light, shadow and the texture of everything. The drawing must have emotion. Do not use a light, medium, use heavy or dark mediums.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how well you translate real life into quick sketches.

 

Project 02: Make

Create a lampshade not more than shade 30cm in big in any direction. Do not include the legs of the lamp, light bulbs or electrical – only the lampshade. It must be foldable and flattened into your portfolio. The shape of the lampshade and the cut-outs into material of the lampshade must resemble a dream that you had. So, if your dream was hazy, floaty, light, dark, crazy, then those emotions must be represented and captured in the shape of the lamp and the cutouts of the shade. Include an A4 drawing of the lamp and the lampshade. Draw the different sides of the lamp and state what the emotion of the dream was on this drawing.

Medium: It must be recycled material. Choose a minimum of two different used, food packaging materials from your household kitchen eg. egg carton, milk box, potato bag, sweet wrapper, etc.

Helpful Hint: Pay attention to how much light shines through the material, how the materials are joined and connected. Be innovative. You may use colour and patterning.  

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how complex your geometric understanding of three-dimensional form is, how well you translate concepts of emotion into a shape and pattern as well as your creative use of materials

 

Project 03: Visit

Online, visit a public building of your choice (not a shopping centre, malls or casino – these are private buildings) it can be a church, mosque, synagogue, community centre, municipal or council building. Over a series of pages draw different part of the building and with notes describe the materials, the steps, the overhang, the roof, the windows, the doors, etc. Try to demonstrate how much you know about building materials and technology.

Medium: Hand-drawn only (no computer-aided drawings). You may use any medium of your choice eg. pen, watercolour, pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel etc. or a combination.  

Helpful Hint: It can be perspective drawings. It can include plans, sections, elevations and details. You may include your own drawn You are encouraged to use multiple/ mixed mediums as well as incorporate photography and collage into the finished product.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see if you understand elements and materials of buildings.

 

Project 04: Research + Writing

Research any African, South American or Indian Architect or Architectural Practice who inspires you and practices public architecture (not private houses, shopping centres, malls or casinos – these are private buildings) it can be a public housing, transport buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centres, educational buildings like schools, municipal or council buildings. Choose one of their buildings. Then write In a two-page essay and elaborate on why your choice of project motivates you to study architecture. At the bottom of the page state which book or website you got your information from. This must be written in your own words.

Medium: Two pages of A4 paper handwritten, preferably typed with photos of the project.

Helpful Hint: Some of the guiding questions that can guide your answers are, what sets this architect or their architecture apart from other architects? How did the architect arrange the building? Ie. Is it a long, tall, scattered, unified, multiple cubes, one large shape? and why do you think it is that shape? what materials or technology does the architect us and why do you think they used it? How do you approach the entrance? How does the building sit on the ground? Ie. On the ground, snug, floating, inside the earth? Do not copy and paste the words from the internet- this is called plagiarism which will result in disqualification of your project. The selected building can also be in your own city or town. You may use the internet.

Assessment: Here we are testing your research skills. How well can you research, what lengths would you go to find out information. Then we also want to see what kind of architecture you enjoy.

 

Bonus Project***

Project 05: Video

(This project is optional and if you have the resources to do it. If you cannot submit this video, it will not disqualify you, you will still be included in the selection process, it just helps us to know who you are.) 

Create 20 to 30-second video of yourself. State your name, surname and where you are from. Then show us all of the projects you did for this portfolio submission on the video. 

Medium: Video. The video can either be sent to us in a direct message on Facebook @DOArchi or tag us on Instagram on @doa_uj 

Helpful Hint: Keep it simple and clear.

Assessment: Here we are testing to see how well you present your ideas clearly and simply.

 

Submit your portfolio online here

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.


Contact Details

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


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 CODE MODULE NAME MODULE TYPE
ADP8XY4 Architectural Design Project Compulsory
AHT8XY4
Architectural History and Theory Compulsory
APP8XY4 Architectural Professional Practice Compulsory

 

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 ​MODULE CODE ​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