WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,590 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) programme is a three-year, full-time course of study offering a gateway to a potentially diverse field of professional career paths, both within the architectural discipline or peripheral to it.

Architecture is the generation of social and cultural heritage in the form of built spaces. It is a profession with long-lasting influences and consequences for both current and future generations.

Although architects are primarily responsible for the design of buildings and their surrounding environments, the profession is evolving to include other important forms of design, including space planning, building materials, and the integration of the built and ecological environments, amongst other possibilities.

The BAS programme is structured to produce graduates who can participate across a broad field of professions in both the larger design and construction industries. Due to the integration of courses and emphasis on coordinated application of skills, part-time studies are not available, although in exceptional circumstances it may be possible to spread some years of study over more than one year, with appropriate planning and approval by the degree convenor.

A coordinated suite of Architectural Design and Theory and Theory and Practice of Construction courses form the core of the degree programme. Additional courses in Histories and Theories of Architecture, visual representation techniques, structural considerations in building, and entrepreneurial and management skills make up a supporting courses which are expected to be applied in the design work.

While all courses include lectures and seminars, the bulk of the learning takes place in a design studio environment, in which students undertake design projects and around which the entire pedagogy revolves.

In the studios, the BAS programme offers the unique opportunity of one-on-one consultation with lecturers twice per week as the primary teaching and learning methods. The coursework is supported in the School by exhibits of professional and artistic work, as well as lectures by practicing architects both nationally and internationally.

The BAS degree, followed by a minimum of 12 months experience in practice, may open eligibility for the one-year Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Honours (BAS [Hons]) degree, which itself may open eligibility for the 1-year Master of Architecture professional (MArch [Prof]) degree.

The complete suite of professional degrees in architecture (BAS, BAS [Hons], MArch [Prof]) are validated nationally by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), and internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects.


First Year of Study

Applied Mathematics (7 credits; semester 1)
Architectural Design and Theory I (60 credits; full year)
Theory and Practice of Construction I (30 credits; full year)
Histories and Theories of Architecture I (20 credits; full year)
Design Representation I (10 credits; semester 1)
Digital Applications in Architecture I (10 credits; semester 2)
Building Ecology (7 credits; semester 2)

Second Year of Study

Architectural Design and Theory II (60 credits; full year)
Theory and Practice of Construction II (30 credits; full year)
Histories and Theories of Architecture (20 credits; full year)
Design Representation II (10 credits; semester 1)
Digital Applications in Architecture II (10 credits; semester 2)
Civil Engineering Theory I (7 credits; semester 2)
Introduction to Structures (7 credits; semester 1)

Third Year of Study

Small Office Practice (7 credits; semester 1)
Architectural Design and Theory III (70 credits; full year)
Theory and Practice of Construction III (33 credits; full year)
Histories and Theories of Architecture III (20 credits; full year)
Civil Engineering Theory II (7 credits; semester 1)
Civil Engineering Theory III (7 credits; semester 2)
Admission Requirements

Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise (available here) and may be invited to an interview. The exercise, interview, and Wits APS score are equally factored in the evaluation of applications.
No specific subject combinations are required, but the following minimum entry criteria apply:

A Wits APS of 34 or higher. In some cases, applicants with exceptional scores on the admission exercise and interview may be considered with an APS between 29 and 33.  Under no circumstances will an applicant with an APS score below 29 be considered for admission.
A minimum of 50% in Mathematics on the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam. Mathematical Literacy is not accepted.
A minimum of 50% in English(home language or first additional language) on the NSC exam.

Applicants from international education systems who do not complete NSC exams must meet Faculty exemption requirements, after which an equivalent APS score and subject scores will be modelled to ensure equal comparison with South African applicants.

Exemption Requirements
Ordinary Levels – A-C (Maths, English, Physics)
Advanced Levels – A-C (Maths, English, Physics)
International Baccalaureate – HS, SL 4-7

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $42

How to Apply
-To apply online, go to:
– You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter).
– If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science).
– Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering.
NOTE: Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
– A non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens, and R700 for foreign citizens, is required.

Closing dates
– 30 June – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV
– 30 September – All other University programmes; Residence applications.

Additional Forms
– Does your degree programme have additional selection procedures? Some degrees have additional selection requirements such as portfolio and essay submissions, auditions or National Benchmark Tests. Please click on Additional Forms below to see if this applies to you.

Pay Application Fee
– Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
– Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
– Payments to be made before closing dates.
– Use your T Number or Person Number as reference

How to pay
– Deposit the exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:
– Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University – Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
– Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as a reference.

EFT – Use your T Number or person/student number as the reference.

Career Opportunities

Becoming a Professional Architect is the traditional goal in the discipline, but the BAS degree may open up numerous other career opportunities, sometimes in combination with further studies. Such possibilities include:
– Architectural draughts person
– Interior designer
– Furniture designer / fabricator
– Urban designer
– Landscape designer / landscape architect
– Urban planner
– Architectural historian or researcher
– Lecturer or Professor in architecture

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,590
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,180

*South African students pay R59530 per year as tuition fees.

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.

*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay double the fees paid by South African Students (R119060)

*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Dr Ariane Janse van Rensburg
Director of the Undergraduate Architecture Programme
Prenisha Thulukanam
General Enquiries