WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,031 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Architecture (BA)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Campus:Bunting Road Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

The programme is an entry-level qualification that addresses all knowledge fields in Architecture. The programme focuses specifically on the theoretical and social aspects of Architecture. It enables you to tailor your studies to your own interest and career plans.

This type of qualification can be followed by additional postgraduate studies to prepare you for a career in a specific field. Architectural professionals are involved in shaping the built environment. From low-rise public projects to multilevel private buildings.

Architectural professionals are employed in the design, technological resolution and onsite supervising of the construction of projects.


A portfolio is a collection of the applicant’s work, held in a 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.

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. This is optional and will strengthen your application.

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 the 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, watercolours, 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 the 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.


First Year

Architectural Design 1A (1st sem)

Architectural Design 1B (2nd sem)

Communication in Architecture 1A (1st sem)

Design Studies in Architecture 1B (2nd sem)

History and Theory of Architecture 1A (1st sem)

Interdisciplinary Design and Presentation 1

Sustainable Design 1B (2nd sem)

Architectural Technology and Detailing 1

Second Year

Architectural Design 2

Computers in Architecture 2A (1st sem)

Design Studies in Architecture 2B (2nd sem)

History and Theory of Architecture 2A (1st sem)

Interdisciplinary Design 2

Sustainable Design 2B (2nd sem)

Architectural Technology and Detailing 2

Third Year

Architectural Design 3

Architectural Practice 3B (2nd sem)

Computers in Architecture 3A (1st sem)

Design Studies in Architecture 3B (2nd sem)

History and Theory of Architecture 3A (1st sem)

Interdisciplinary Design 3

Architectural Technology and Detailing 3

Admission Requirements

— Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score and degree admission.

— 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.

— Required school subjects: English and Mathematics (Mathematical Literacy is not accepted).

Recommended school subjects include Art and/or Physical Science.

Selection Criteria

Applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements (APS or M Score) for the Bachelor of Architecture will be invited to attend an entrance assessment and to submit a prescribed portfolio. The Entrance Assessment is a design, drawing and perception workshop. You will be notified of the dates via email.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $12
Application Fees for SADC and African Students: $12


Please note the following:

— No application fee will be charged for online applications.

— If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database. This will ensure you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.

An applicant must go to and select online web application.


Paper application forms are available on request at a fee of R200. Please note, there is no payment required for online applications.

NB: If you receive a conditional acceptance letter, your matric results will determine final admission into the programme you have applied for. Only then will you be allowed to register.


— Once the online application has been received students will receive electronic feedback regarding the status of the application.

— Applicants that meet the minimum entry requirements will be requested to submit a portfolio. Information about the portfolio will be communicated electronically.

Remember: The sooner you submit your portfolio the sooner you will know if your space is secured. Applicants are admitted on a first come first serve basis.

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 bodies or institutes:

— South African Council for the Architectural Profession

— South African Institute for Architectural Technologists

— Some provincial Institutes of the SA Institute of Architects.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,031
Tuition Fees for SADC and African Students: $3,214

35% of the tuition fees need to be paid by April, and 100% by July

All students must pay at least R3870 before they begin their studies. Students residing on campus pay at least R6470

In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and other African Countries pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R2000.

In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the rest of the world pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R17000

International Levy
SADC & Africa – R2000
Rest of the World – R17000

ICT Levy – R430
Registration Fee – R610

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Relevant Contact

Dr Denver Hendricks
Head of Department
Miss Nombuso P. Luthuli
Departmental Secretary