Bachelor of
We value education,    At UCT, the Bachelor of          The studio-based model of
learning and
knowledge;             Architectural Studies under-     the curriculum is underpinned
imagination &          graduate degree (BAS) is a       by the objective to produce
creativity; open-
                       foundation programme in          internationally competitive
and diversity;         the design of buildings and      graduates with a capacity
perceptiveness         the urban and landscape          for critical engagement with
& perseverance.
                       environments around them.        context and change. The
                                                        BAS programme welcomes
                       This professionally accredited   qualifying students from
                       degree provides the              different backgrounds and
                       necessary ability in design,     nationalities. This academically
                       theory, technology and           stimulating diversity remains
                       communication to proceed         on an upward trajectory as the
                       to a wide range of graduate      UCT BAS programme strives
                       professional programmes          to mantain its position as one
                       in Architecture, Landscape       of the leading design schools
                       Architecture, Urban Design,      in the continent.
                       and City and Regional

The degree has stature in its     (construction, environmental      should be prepared to have
own right for entry into the      control, structures, etc.),       to purchase approximately
job market in architectural and   representation (manual and        R3000 worth of drawing
other design and planning         digital), communication           equipment and materials
offices, interior design,         (written and verbal) and          in the first year. Students
landscape architecture,           history and theory of             in following years should
property development and          architecture and related          budget for approximately
in the building industry and      disciplines.                      R3500 per year for plan prints,
can lead to professional                                            photocopying, graphic and
registration as a senior          Studio programmes absorb          other materials.
architectural technician.         half of student time and
                                  energy, and many support          For enquiries on how to apply,
In the introductory year          courses or projects are closely   contact the School on
the programme involves            linked. All students are          021 650 3705 and check the
familiarisation with precedent,   given a work space in their       website:
elementary design exercises       Design studios, were they
and later the design of more      are required to work during       Your application package must
sophisticated places, sites,      classes, and may elect to work    include: your grades, UCT
buildings and complexes.          after-hours. All students must    National Benchmark test
Other major areas of study        provide their own books and       results, a written motivation
are building technology           drawing equipment. Students       and a portfolio of work.


- design buildings

- design spaces inside and outside
of buildings

- design parts of cities,
neighbourhoods, small towns,
human settlements, parks, public
places, etc.

- design interiors
practice graphic design

- design furniture/crockery/cutlery
                                        student work in the
- manage projects                       architecture programmes at
                                        the School
- are required to work in the
interests of the client and society
at large

- are able to envision a more
positive future


- are able to solve problems

- are able to bring together a range
of disparate factors to provide a
singular solution
Typical teaching and learning
scenarios: Lecturers discussing
students work with them.
Work in the studio spaces.

Field trips to small towns
around the Western Cape,
and Architectural tours of the
country and continent are
also part of the Architectural
student’s experience.

Many of the projects set for
students are on real sites
around the city. Organized site
visits are part of this process.

                                                           and learning

                                                                  Pin-up presentations, with
                                                                  immediate and individual
                                                                  feedback and discussions
                                                                  are an everyday part of the
                                                                  student experience

The BAS is a professional        Structures, Environment          Students are required to
degree leading to registration   & Services, Management           produce drawings and models
with the South African           Practice and Law                 throughout the course;
Council for the Architectural                                     Students learn how to present
Profession as a ‘Senior          The BAS is an intensive course   their ideas and proposals
Architectural Technologist’      requiring lots of dedication,    verbally AND visually;
                                 time and input;
The BAS is a foundation                                           Design projects include:
degree leading to Masters        it is a popular course - we
degrees in Architecture,         THEREFORE recommend you          Buildings
Landscape Architecture,          apply to lots of universities
Urban Design and Planning        and universities of technology   Urban Design
(applications to these is by     Most teaching occurs through
portfolio and good undergrad     discussion and one on one        Landscape designs /
academic results)                teaching.                        interventions

Design and Theory Studio                                          Conceptual projects
is the basis of the course
along with Technology which                                       Furniture
is the second core course.
Other support subjects such                                       Competitions
as History and Theory of
Architecture, Representation,
The BAS leads to
other degrees in the

Bachelor                 Honours                Masters                   PhD

 Bachelor of              BAS Honours            MArch Prof                PhD
 Architectural Studies    Bachelor of Arch       Master of Architecture    Doctor of Philosophy
                          Studies Hons           (Professional)

                          BCP Honours            MArch
                          Bachelor of City       Master of Architecture
                          Planning Hons          (Research)

                          BLA Honours            MCRP
                          Bachelor of            Master of City and
                          Landscape Arch Hons    Regional Planning

                                                 Master of Landscape

                                                 Master of Urban

                                                 Master of Philosophy
                                                 in Architecture

                                                 MPhil CBE
                                                 Conservation of the
                                                 Built Environment

Life in the
                              Group projects are one of
                              the ways student learn to put
                              ideas together. The crafting of
                              Architecture, and the making
                              of things is part of this process

Multi-modal learning:
Students build models,
make sculptures, build
furniture, make drawings
and work between modes of

Teaching with discussion is an
                                 integral part of the process in
                                 the Design Studio.

Most teaching and learning
happens in the STUDIOS
where each student has a

Students regularly work late
into the night in the Studios.

The studio pedagogy is
incremental to the way we
teach Architecture and allows
for a dynamic interactive
learning experience.

Life in

                                   Ths School is a venue for
                                   public events, that attract
                                   students and public from both
                                   within and outside campus

The “archi-building”, or as it
is officially known, Centlivres,
sits at the south end of
University Avenue on Upper

The “archi-building” is
                                privileged to have its own
                                library: the Built-Environment

                                Students make regular use of
                                the Workshop

Students are not just numbers
here. Each student has their
own mailbox and everyone
knows one another

                                                       How to apply
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS            As the portfolio counts          SUMMARY OF PORTFOLIO
will have been selected on       for 50% of the application       REQUIREMENTS:
THREE things:                    grade it is VERY important.
                                 Applicants who apply without     - A written motivation
1. The submitted portfolio       submitting a portfolio are not   - Two drawing exercises
which includes drawing work,     considered. BAS portfolio        - Four design exercises
creative exercises and a         requirements can be found at:    - Supplementary work
written motivation.                  (optional)
                                 downloads/       - Rough work /
2. NSC scores                    forms/ug_application_diary.       “brainstorming” / design
                                 pdf#page=7                         process drawings (well
3. NBT scores                                                       presented and organized)
                                 Many successful applicants       - Your latest school or tertiary
A BAS application grade of       have in the past never done        institution grades
100% is made up of               art formally.                    - BAS Application Form” as
NSC + NBT = 50%                                                     can be found here
Portfolio = 50%                                           
Applicants are ranked, the                                          forms/bas_form.pdf
highest ranking applicants are

Special consideration is made
for a number of students from
disadvantaged backgrounds
who show talent, but have not
had the privileges of other
students due to the legacy of


1. Choose a manufactured
object: e.g. an object of any
size and in any condition (new
or in a state of decay). Draw
the object as you see it. DO
Make an effort to show
the special quality of the
object, e.g. its roughness
or its smooth softness,
manufactured property, etc.
You can use any technique to
draw it. Use A4 paper (210
x 297mm – the size of this

                                 Examples of drawings of a
                                 manufactured objects drawn
                                 by a successful applicant to
                                 the BAS Programme.

                                 ALWAYS Include some of
                                 your preliminary work with
                                 each exercise, such as in the
                                 example above.

Examples of patterns
                                                                     generated from the drawings
                                                                     of the manufactured objects
                                                                     drawn by the applicant who
                                                                     drew the corkscrew as her
                                                                     object, and the applicant who
                                                                     drew the sharpener (shown
B. DESIGN                                                            earlier). Please note the
                                                                     abstraction of the objects into
2. Draw a portrait of an elderly                                     lines and shapes, and then the
person in his or her favourite                                       designed way in which they’re
place – this should be a real                                        put together to make a totally
person that you know, and a                                          new pattern.
real place. Use any drawing
technique and A4 size              3. Make a design for a
paper. Again, draw by direct       pattern, which could be
observation – NOT FROM A           used - for example – in the
PHOTOGRAPH. The portrait           printing of fabric. The pattern
may extend to the whole body       should be based on the
of the person you are drawing      repetition or manipulation of
(not just the face). DO NOT        the manufactured object you
NEGLECT THE CONTEXT –              selected for drawing exercise
you are being asked to draw a      A1. Use A4 paper and any
person, and a place.               technique.

Right and Below: Examples
of the “Portraits of an
Elderly person in their
favourite place” drawn by
successful applicants to the
BAS Programme (showing
preliminary work as well).


4. Design and make a
freestanding light/lamp. Think
about the effect of your lamp/
light in creating light and
shadow. Explain your thought
processes about light and
shadow and what inspired the
light. Include photographs
of you in the process of
designing and making the
lamp. Include photographs
of the finished product
illustrating the light/lamp
when it is lit up. Include all   Example of a Lamp showing
your rough work and design       the drawings and the final
drawings.                        made object.

                                                              Example of a light design,
                                                              including rough sketches,
                                                              pictures of the process of
                                                              making it, and the final

5. Design a poster advertising
a significant event, exhibition
or conference that reflects
what you consider socially
relevant. Carefully judge the
information that needs to be
communicated as well as the
desired visual impact that you
want to achieve. The poster
must be on A3 paper (twice
the size of this sheet - 420 x
297mm) and may be folded
in half when sent in the post.
Use any technique.

                                  Some examples of posters
                                  drawn by a successful
                                  applicant s to the programme.


6.Using drawings only (i.e.
no words) and any graphic
technique you like, draw for a
friend how to go on a journey
from your house to your
favourite local place. Use one
sheet of A4 paper for this.

We are not asking for a map,
or for directions. This exercise
is about 2 things: showing
us how keenly observant
you are of the world around
you; how imaginative you
are about representing
that environment. It is
about representing an
understanding of space.
Please avoid using symbols
(eg. MacDonalds or KFC),
please avoid arrows, and
please try to show more than
just roads. The cities and
towns we live in are made up
of many interesting things:
buildings, trees, mountains,
the sea, people, markets,
shops, houses, etc.

                                   Examples of drawings of a
                                   manufactured objects drawn
                                   by successful applicants to the
                                   BAS Programme.


7. Include a one page              PLEASE NOTE                         FOR MORE INFORMATION
written motivation in you                                              PLEASE CONSULT THE
portfolio giving your reasons      The size of portfolio should        FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
for wanting to study in this       NOT exceed A3 (420 x
programme.                         297mm).                             Applicants can apply online at
                                   The drawings should NOT   
SUPPLEMENTARY WORK                 be rolled up nor put into
                                   cylindrical containers.   
You may also submit copies         As all official documents,          welcome/english/
or photographs of any              e.g. academic results and
other creative work such           transcripts, are filed, please
as drawings, sketches,             ensure that they can be             study/architecture-planning-
paintings, or made objects         removed from your work.             and-geomatics
(e.g. ceramics, clothing,          Each loose section of your
carpentry, jewellery, wirework,    work must be clearly marked
beadwork, etc.). Please do not     with your name.
submit copies of more than         While the selection committee
six such items. Do not submit      takes every care not to             content/uploads/2014/04/
any physical objects or bulky      remove or damage any items,         Information-for-Prospective-
framed artwork.                    the University cannot be held       Students-Booklet.pdf
                                   responsible in any way for loss
                                   or damage to a whole or part
                                   of your work.


BAS Application Portfolio
The School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics
University Avenue, Upper Campus
Private bag X3
Cape Town
South Africa

For further queries please call the reception at the School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics,
021 650 3705


Selection process:                 What the selection panel           ability to observe accurately,
                                   looks for:                         an imaginative approach to
- a committee of 3 Lecturers                                          subject matter, the stamina
portfolios are graded out of       • Motivation:                      not to leave loose ends -
50 and added to NSC and            This can be seen in the way        these are all looked for in the
NBT results                        in which you present your          work.
                                   work as a whole, the degree
- early offers are made based      of effort shown in the projects    • Academic ability:
on preliminary matric results      requested by the School            Strong portfolios often show
provided that matric scores        - as well as in your written       work that is motivated by
are at the same level or higher    motivation.                        strong and original ideas. This
                                                                      is more relevant to some of
- early offers are made as soon    • Design ability:                  the portfolio tasks than others.
as possible                        Each piece of work is
                                   examined for its designed          • Initiative:
- where there is equivalency,      quality. Note that people          What often separates some
the committee will attempt         with little experience in art or   applicants from others is
to make selections based on        design are admitted where          an indication of people
establishing a diverse class       their work provides evidence       exploring or recording
which is essential to a rich       of good observation, three         something for themselves,
studio learning experience         dimensional awareness              working because they are
for all                            and careful consideration          interested - not because
                                   of the presentation of the         they have to. This means
- the committee takes into         portfolio, with good, hand-        that sketch explorations are
account all post-secondary         drawn lettering, careful           as useful as finished works.
school activities and              paper selection, and careful       Although supplementary work
education, as long as it is        organisation of the pages.         from school art or Technikon
clearly stated in the portfolio.                                      courses is often received,
                                   • Creative ability:                evidence of this independent
                                   This is an important factor.       initiative does not necessarily
                                   However, note that expertise       lie there.
                                   in technical drawing or
                                   “painterly” ability alone is not
                                   highly considered. A sense
                                   of design or composition, an

Director of the School     Prof. Tomà Berlanda

BAS Programme Convenor     Dr. Tom Sanya

Administrative Assistant   Nanette Pickover

Full Time Teaching Staff Leon Coetzee
			A/Prof. Nic Coetzer
			Albertrum Crowder
			Jonathan Green
			Simone Le Grange
			Michael Louw
			Stella Papanicolaou
			Jan Schabert
			Melinda Silverman
			Sonja Spamer
			A/Prof. Alta Steenkamp
			Sadiq Toffa
			Mike Wentworth

Part Time Teaching Staff Bruce Bermeister
			Sadie Beyl
			                      Em. Prof. Julian Cooke
			Jane Boardman-Smith
			Liani Douglas
			Michael du Toit
			Randy Hartzenberg
			Irina Kubica
			Ziyaat Majiet
			Andrew Nimmo
			Peter Neokoridis
			Brian Richardson
			Sedick Rylands
			Andrew Swain
			Ricardo Sa
			Albert van Jaarsveld
			Gaarith Williams
			John Wilson Harris

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