UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The admission requirements are outlined in the Guide for Undergraduate Applicants booklet. The requirements for architecture are:

  • Minimum admission requirements at matric:
    Mathematics Pass HG or minimum 60% at SG (pre 2008) or minimum 50% for Mathematics post - 2008 (not Mathematical Literacy)
    English (1st and 2nd language) Pass HG (pre 2008) or minimum 50% post - 2008). In practice applicants with more than 60% for both of these are more likely to be successful.
  • Applicants not writing a South African matric have other admission requirements.
  • There is no automatic acceptance level for BAS. There are a limited number of places, and there is a selection procedure as outlined below. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements and who have points of 34 and above will be considered in terms of this selection procedure.
  • Applicants with matric points between 29 and 33 who meet the minimum requirements may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

  • The closing date for 2014 applications is 30 June 2013. No late applications will be considered.
  • After your application has been received you will be informed of the selection procedure outlined below and the relevant contact persons.
  • Applicants wanting to transfer from other universities or returning after interrupting their studies have to submit a letter of motivation, a portfolio of work and will have to attend interviews.
  • First time applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise for admission. This exercise must be returned to the University by the specified date (usually in August) or the application will receive no further attention.
  • Applicants whose graphic exercises meet the required standard will be required to attend an interview. Applicants will be informed and will be given a personal time-slot. Foreign applicants, or applicants unable to present themselves for an interview at the specified time, must apply to do a written interview. Students should bring a portfolio of creative work to the interview.
  • Applicants who have done well in both these processes may be offered a provisional place based on good Grade 11 academic results. It is therefore important to make sure that Grade 11 results are submitted to Wits when applying. A provisional offer will automatically be converted to a firm offer when the matric results are published if there is no drop in academic standard. If the academic standard had dropped, the application will still be considered, but automatic selection is not guaranteed.
  • The final selection of applicants can only occur after 90% of the matric results have been received. The final selection is based on a score compiled from matric (or equivalent) results; the written and graphic exercise; and the interview. We can only offer 75 new places to the applicants with the most competitive scores. The selected applicants will be informed as soon as possible in January. This can happen up to registration day or even thereafter, if some selected candidates fail to register.
  • Applicants will be kept informed of their status as fast as any new information can be processed. If an applicant has not received new information, there is none available. Application inquiries can only be answered by Charlotte Matswee at 011-717-7008 or charlotte.matswee@wits.ac.za

Bachelor of Architechtural Studies Honours (BAS Hons)

REQUIREMENTS

All applicants for the BAS (Honours) degree are required to have completed at least one year of practical experience after their undergraduate studies. Applicants will be required to submit evidence of this practical experience with their applications in the form of letters from employers, examples of work completed, a sketchbook and a comprehensive resume/cv.

 This does not necessarily have to be for a registered architect, but may include working in an architect’s office, or working on a building site for a community organisation or government department. It is up to the learner to structure their year out to add to their practical experience of and exposure to architecture, and may also include a period of travel, architectural tours, reading and sketching, computer design courses, etc. Learners are encouraged to do so in a way that involves a variety of architectural activities and experiences, and to produce a record of these experiences.

 Learners with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with a minimum of 65% average in the final year of study and 65% for design in the final year will be granted automatic admission into the BAS (Honours) after their year of practical experience but will be required to submit a portfolio of visual work. All the third year courses must have been completed in the same academic year for this to apply.

Applicants with a BAS degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, where less than the above standard has been obtained, will be required to complete a minimum of one year of practical work in the field of architecture after the BAS Degree has been completed. In addition, applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of visual work, a sketchbook from the practical year, and attend an interview with a selection panel from the School of Architecture & Planning in order for them to be considered for a place in the programme.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree (or equivalent) from other tertiary institutions will be required to submit a statement of purpose, a portfolio of visual work, a sketchbook from the practical year, and attend an interview with a selection panel from the School of Architecture & Planning in order for them to be considered for a place in the programme. Only learners with a minimum of 60% average and 60% for design in the final year of study are eligible to apply. International applicants will be required, in addition, to have their qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in order to to establish equivalence and eligibility for the degree.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Technology (Applied Design) degree (or equivalent with emphaisis on design) will be required to submit a statement of purpose, a portfolio of visual work, a sketchbook from the practical year, and attend an interview with a selection panel from the School of Architecture & Planning in order for them to be considered for a place in the programme. Only learners with a minimum of 60% average and 60% for design in the final year of study are eligible to apply. International applicants will be required, in addition, to have their qualifications evaluated by SAQA in order to to establish equivalence and eligibility for the degree.

Learners in the third year of a BAS degree (or equivalent) who are registered for that academic year for the completion of their BAS will be not eligible to apply for admission to the BAS (Honours) programme until they have completed a further year of practical experience.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

Applicants will be required to present their practical work and architectural experience in the form of a portfolio of visual work and a sketchbook from the practical year to the selection panel of the School of Architecture & Planning during an interview prior to the year in which they are seeking admission to the programme.

Applicants must prepare a portfolio submission representative of all three years of the BAS degree, with emphasis on the third year of design, and work done in professional architectural offices. The portfolio must express the ability of the student to think analytically about their work by means of sketches, analytical diagrams, associated research and descriptive texts.

The portfolio should be submitted both in hard copy and as an Adobe pdf on a properly labeled CD. The work contained in the portfolio should be in chronological order with headings, associated descriptive texts and a contents page up front. Reference needs to be made of how the work relates to the academic curriculum of the respective academic institution and, in the case of work undertaken in an architectural practice, students should indicate what their specific role was in the work included. The portfolio should not contain all work completed but rather a representative and carefully edited selection.

In addition, applicants are requested to include a statement of purpose, a resume/cv, and letters of recommendation, including undergraduate teaching staff and from an employer (that describes the role the applicant played during the period of employment and confirms that the work represented in the portfolio was undertaken by the applicant).

Only work under a registered architect is recognised by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) as contributing towards registration as an architect. Practical experience in an architect’s office after completion of undergraduate studies counts at a rate of 50% of time spent towards the two year period of practical training required for professional registration. Learners are required to fill in a SACAP log book should they wish to make use of this opportunity.

Should an applicant not be successful in their application for the BAS (Honours) programme they can request feedback and advice on how to do so should they wish to reapply the following year.

Master of Architecture (Professional) (M Arch Prof)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Learners with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Honours BAS (Honours)) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand with a minimum of 60% average for all courses and 60% for the ARPL4000 and the ARPL4001 design studio courses in the Honours programme will be granted admission into the M.Arch. (Prof) programme. All the Honours level courses must have been completed in the same academic year for this to apply.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Honours BAS (Honours) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, where less than the above standard has been obtained, will be required to attend an interview with a Selection Panel from the School of Architecture & Planning in order for them to be considered for a place in the M.Arch. (Prof) programme.

 

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