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> 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.
Portfolios must be submitted within two weeks of the applicant’s attending the selection testing but no later than 6 November 2014.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the assessment in an official letter. Portfolios must be collected by 31 January 2015.
The portfolio must be sent via courier or delivered to the Departmental Secretary, Department of Architecture, FADA Building,
Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg, Cottesloe, Johannesburg. Contact telephone number 011 559 1115.
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.
> 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.
Details of portfolio evaluation are available on
All images in this brochure are of student work from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
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Department of Architecture
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)
University of Johannesburg
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Diploma in Architecture
Architectural professionals are involved in shaping the built environment. Their
efforts are evident everywhere, from the simple construction of a low-cost
housing project to the sophisticated erection of skyscrapers. Architectural
professionals are employed in the design, technological resolution and
management of construction projects.
The Department of Architecture will in 2015 offer the following programmes:
Bachelor of Architecture, Diploma in Architecture, the third year of the old National
Diploma in Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Technology Degree in Architectural
Technology (specialising in either Applied Design or Architectural Management)
and the Master of Technology Degree in Architectural Technology (Prof). The
Department’s offerings have unconditional validation from 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 bodiesinstitutes:
> South African Council for the Architectural Profession
> South African Institute for Architectural Technologists
> Some provincial institutes of the SA Institute of Architects.
Admission Requirements for the Diploma in Architecture
> Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score as set out below
> Attendance of an entrance assessment and submission of a prescribed portfolio once the
application form has been processed
> Completion of both National Benchmarking Tests (NBT): Academic and Quantitative
Literacy (AQL) and Mathematics.
Recommended school subjects include Art, Technical Drawing and/or Physical Science.
Average Point Score (APS)
A minimum APS of 25 is required to apply for the programme. Mathematical Literacy is not
accepted for this programme. The Life Orientation score is divided by 2 when calculating
the total APS.
Language of
teaching and
(50 - 59%)
(50 - 59%)
Life Orientation
Subjects 1, 2 & 3
(50 - 59%)
(50 - 59%)
4 (50 - 59%)
4 (50 - 59%)
3 (40 - 49%)
This scoring system is used if the applicant completed school prior to 2008 or A/O levels.
A minimum M-score of 12, with a minimum of three subjects on higher grade and an
E-symbol or higher grade in Mathematics or a C-symbol or higher in standard grade
Mathematics, is required to apply for the programme.
POINTS: Higher Grade
POINTS: Standard Grade
Applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements (APS or M-score)
for the NDip: Architectural Technology will be invited to attend an entrance assessment
and to submit a prescribed portfolio.
Selection Criteria
Selection is based on an entrance assessment and the submission of a prescribed portfolio, as described overleaf.
The entrance assessment will be conducted by the University of Johannesburg Centre for Psychological Services
and Career Development (PsyCaD). Invited applicants must make a booking to attend one of the following selection
assessments (4.5 hours) starting at 09:00:
> Saturday 13 September
> Saturday 27 September
> Monday 29 September
> Monday 6 October
> Monday 13 October
> Monday 27 October
> Saturday 1 November
Cost: R230
Venue: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (Cnr Kingsway and University Road)
Bookings: Tahir/Phumzile +27 (0)11 559 3106 or email [email protected]
Applicants must submit a prescribed portfolio, as described on the other side of this brochure,
no later than 6 November 2014.