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Architectural Studies

Architecture is the art, science and business of building. The Bachelor of Architectural Studies focuses on aesthetic, theoretical and practical concerns in the built environment. It involves social, cultural, developmental, contextual, environmental, technical, and financial issues.

Duration: 3 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

Architecture is part of the social and cultural heritage we leave for future generations. An architect is responsible for the design of buildings and their environment. Through the design of spaces, structures, materials and their organisation, an architect makes places that enhance human lives and experiences, an architect makes places for human beings to use, enjoy and which extends their perception of the world.

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies, BAS, is a 3 year degree. The curriculum extends over three years. Acceptance into the course is subject to a competitive selection process for applicants who meet the required minimum standards, as a limited number of students can be accepted each year.

Architectural Design and Theory forms the main component of the degree together with Theory and Practice of Construction and Histories and Theories of Architecture. These courses are presented through lectures and seminars, but the core learning takes place in the studios, around which all activities revolve. Much time is spent here doing projects under guidance of staff members. In this degree, all subjects inform and are integrated into Architectural Design and Theory and many projects run across the courses.

Practicing architects and international guests visit the School and participate both in seminars and juries during which students’ work is critically examined.

After completing the BAS programme, a student is required to spend a year away from University working for 12 months in an architectural practice.

In terms of the new legislation, the award of a BAS qualifies the student for registration with the South African Council for the Architectural Professions as an Architectural Technologist.

Becoming an Architect

To become an architect students need to complete postgraduate level programmes. The BAS(Hons) qualification extends over one year of full-time study, followed by the the Master of Architecture (Professional), which extends over a year of full-time study. 

The Master of Architecture (Professional) qualifies the graduate for registration as a Candidate Professional Architect. After two years of work in the offices of a registered architect the Candidate Professional Architect may qualify for registration as an architect.


 

Our professionally qualifying architecture degrees are accredited by the South African Council of Architects and validated by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.

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Career Opportunities

  • Architect
  • Urban planner/studies
  • Researcher
  • Architectural technologist
  • Landscape designer
  • Lecturer
  • Interior designer
  • Draughtsperson
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Entry Requirements

Engineering and the Built Environment

Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS   Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc (Eng)  (4 years)    English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5 Mathematics - 5 Physical Science - 5 Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC results. Generally students who achieve at least 70% in Mathematics, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.  
  • Aeronautical
40+
  • Chemical
42+
  • Civil
36+
  • Electrical
36+
  • Industrial
40+
  • Mechanical
40+
  • Metallurgy
42+
  • Mining
40+
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts 
(3 years)
42+ English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants will be required to complete additional selection criteria, e.g. workshop, interview.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering 
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42+ English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
 
Bachelor of Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34+ English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies 
BSc (CS)
(3 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (PS) 
(4 years)
36+ English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc (URP)
(3 years)
36+ English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Mathematics and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
  
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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
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Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
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Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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