MA in Industrial Design (Research)

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Department: Department of Industrial Design
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: MA in Industrial Design (Research)
Programme Code: M8PD2Q

Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 9
NQF Credits: 180
SAQA: 109298

Application Start Date: 1 Apr 2022
Application End Date: 30 Nov 2022

Campus: Auckland Park Bunting Road

Contacts: 011 559-1115 or 011 559-1098

Duration of Study: 3 Years

Programme Fees


The purpose of the Master of Arts in Industrial Design is to develop researchers who can contribute to industrial design knowledge at an advanced level. This qualification by research will be earned by completing an advanced research project, which culminates in the production and acceptance of a dissertation. The research project may take the form of textual or artefactual research but, regardless of the preferred form of research, a written dissertation is delivered as the final output of the qualification which complies with the generally accepted norms for research at this level.



Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate with requirements as outlined below: or A grade 12 School Certificate on NQF level 4, with Bachelor degree endorsement (University Exemption) and at least a D symbol for English First Language, Higher Grade; or a C symbol for English Second Language, Higher Grade; or a B symbol for English, Standard Grade; or – An equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard as determined by a Status Committee.

Selection Process

In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students must submit a prescribed portfolio containing a number of set tasks. The tasks are constructed to determine the suitability of the candidate and are described clearly and contain explicit assessment criteria. Successful portfolios are selected as follows:
Portfolios are assessed by a panel of Departmental assessors according to the specified assessment criteria.
Candidates who are competent in all tasks and projects are accepted.
Candidates who are not competent in all tasks and projects are not accepted. Candidates who are competent in some but not all tasks and projects are re-assessed and accepted based on the highest number of competent tasks and projects in a descending order.
In the above mentioned group of portfolios, previously disadvantaged candidates and candidates with high M- and APS scores are given preference.
If all submitted portfolios are assessed as competent, portfolios that demonstrate best practice will be accepted in order of merit based on the number of seats available.
Candidates are informed telephonically and in writing of the portfolio assessment, after which the portfolios may be collected. Uncollected portfolios are discarded on the official closing date of the University.
Candidates that are not accepted may on request receive feedback as to why their submission was unsuccessful.
A portfolio of at least ten pieces of work is required.
The work should ideally include examples of drawings, paintings or design.
NB: Submission of a portfolio and participation in the online entrance assessment will only take place once you have officially applied to the university and have been invited by the faculty to participate in the selection process.

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