TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Do I Qualify?


SELECTION TESTS:

Minimum requirements for admissions


The selection tests is a two tiered process. The first is to ascertain that you comply with the minimum requirements prescribed to study towards a degree in Architecture. This is done provisionally on the grade 11/ record exam / final matric result that is submitted with your application form. It also verifies that the minimum APS score and minimum requirements for English are met. This process is done by the Admissions Office at TUT. If you comply with all minimum requirements above you will be notified by the Admissions Office that you should sit for the Departmental selection test, and the dates that this will take place. For more information on the Departmental test, see ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE (section D) below. Please keep in mind that if your final Grade 12 results does not comply with the above (i.e. it is not endorsed for studies towards a Bachelor's Degree) you will not be allowed to register for the B.Arch Degree Programme, although you may have been selected on the results of your first submission. Profile aspect % Creativity and potential 30 General Education i.e. literacy and numeracy and general knowledge 30 2D and 3D aptitude. i.e. visual literacy. 30 Technical inclination 10 The test is a written two hour paper which comprise of the following aspects. Creativity and potential. Maximum marks 100 Basic drawing and graphic ability should be demonstrated. Perceptive skills are also evaluated in this section. General Education. Maximum marks 268 Age, gender, previous experience and learning are all converted to values. Ability to read, comprehend and write in English is determined. A basic language proficiency test is done. Basic grade 9 mathematical knowledge and ability is required and tested. General knowledge, interest and social awareness are evaluated. 2D and 3D aptitude. Maximum marks 99 Problems are posed to test the candidates' ability to comprehend and visualize three dimensional shapes as well as problems pertaining to spatial and two dimensional aspects. Technical inclination. Maximum marks 50 Problems of a technical nature are posed for the candidates to solve. The ability to think logically, rationally as well as laterally are evaluated. Some of the questions are multi facetted and cover more than a single field.

IMPORTANT:


The selection is done by means of a (written/telematic) selection test. The test will take place at the Pretoria Campus on 5, 6, 7 October. There will be two sessions daily (08:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00). Students need to attend both these sessions and confirm the appointment with the Department. The name list of students who have to come and write the selection test will be published on the Departmental website www.architec.co.za on 1 September 2014


a. Minimum requirements for admissions


A National Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification with an endorsement of a bachelor’s degree, with at least an adequate achievement (4) for English (home language or first additional language) (5) and four other subjects excluding Life Orientation. A minimum APS score of 25.

EXAMPLE

English Five other subjects excluding Life Orientation APS Total
4 (50 – 59%) 21 25

 

A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4, with an endorsement of a bachelor degree, issued by the Council for General and Further Education and training (Umaluzi), with at least (5) for English, (5) Mathematics/Mathematic Literacy; and at least 4 other vocational subjects.

EXAMPLE

English Mathematics/ Mathematic Literacy Four other subjects excluding Life Orientation APS Total
5 (60 – 69%) 5 (60 – 69%) 18 28

 

Alternative and international qualifications will be assessed on the equivalent issued by the South African Qualifications Authority. Candidates may also apply for recognition of prior learning at the RPL Office (Recognition of Prior Learning Office), Room LG 46, Building 21 (tel. 012 382 4672). The relevant documentation will be requested from these applicants, and these cases will be handled on an ad hoc basis.

APS calculation

The calculation of an admission point score (APS) is based on a candidate’s achievement in any six recognized 20-credit subjects by using the National Senior Certificate seven-point rating scale of achievement. Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.

Assessment procedure

Purpose and intention of assessment

 

All candidates, after passing the initial administrative screening, will sit for additional assessment, arranged by the Department of Architecture. The purpose of the assessment is to select only students who are likely to be successful in their studies in architecture. This is a written test and is the only assessment used for admission to the program.

Stating the precise procedure and criteria

Applications will be assessed against the minimum admission requirements. • Candidates who meet the minimum admission requirements will receive a letter to invite them to do the assessment. Three dates will be given as options and the names of the candidates will be published on the departmental website. Candidates will be requested to call and make a booking for the test. • A list of candidates accepted to write the admission test will be published on the Department’s website (www.architec.co.za) on a pre-determined date as announced on the Department’s website, usually a month in advance of the test date. • Candidates will do the test on the date, at the time and in the venue as confirmed during the booking procedure and published as stated above. • The test is based on the profile of the skills, aptitude, knowledge and potential that a student requires for study in architecture. It consists of an electronic part as well as a handwritten and drawing part. The test focuses on: • Creativity and drawing skills. • 2D- and 3D-perception ability. • Technical skills and inclination. • Basic mathematical and science knowledge required in the architectural program. • The ability to think logically, rationally and laterally. • Some of the questions are multi-facetted and cover more than a single field.

Communication of results

The final admission outcomes will be published on the departmental website and communicated in an official letter from the Office of the Registrar.

Recommended subjects: None.

c. Application:

Applications for admission close on 31 July 2014. Prospective students must apply for admission before writing the selection test.

d. Selection:

Selection is done by means of a (written/telematic) selection test. The test will take place at the Pretoria Campus on 6, 7 and 8 October 2014. There will be two sessions daily (08:00–12:00 and 13:00–16:00). Students need to attend both these sessions and confirm the appointment with the Department. The namelist of students who have to come and write the selection test will be published on the Departmental website www.architec.co.za on 1 September 2014

e. Presentation:

This program is presented on a day-class basis only.

f. Intake for the program:

January only.

g. Duration:

Four years, presented as follows: First year: Formal academic training at TUT. Second year: The subject Architectural Technology Practice II takes place in an architectural office in two six-month modules. The student has a choice between the first or the second six months of the year. The six prescribed subjects are then offered full-time at TUT in the other six months. Third year: Formal academic training at TUT. Fourth year: Formal academic training at TUT.

h. General fees per year:

(see General Rules and Regulations: Part 1) Electronic Resource Centre fee R150 Extracurricular activities fee R350 Registration fee R210

 

FIRST YEAR/ATTENDANCE

CODE SUBJECTS
ABC100B Applied Building Science I
ACH100T Architectural Design I
CAI110T Computer-Aided Draughting I
CDO100T Contract Documentation I
COA110B Computer Applications I
COM150C Communication I
CSM110T Construction Materials I
HAC100T History of Architecture I
KME110T Construction Methods I
PTT100T Presentation Techniques I
THD100T Theory of Design I

 

 

SECOND YEAR/ATTENDANCE

   
Experiential learning plus the following subjects:    
CODE SUBJECTS PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ACH200T  Architectural Design II Architectural Design I
ARC200T Architectural Technology Practice II Architectural Design I
    Computer-Aided Draughting I
    Contract Documentation I
    Construction Materials I
    Construction Methods I
    Presentation Techniques I
CDO200T Contract Documentation II Contract Documentation I
CMI200T Computer-Aided Design II Computer-Aided Draughting I
    Computer Applications I
CSM200T Construction Materials II Construction Materials I
KME210T Construction Methods II Construction Methods I
THD200T Theory of Design II Theory of Design I

 

THIRD YEAR/ATTENDANCE

   
CODE SUBJECTS PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ACH300T Architectural Design III Architectural Design II
AHC300T Architectural Practice III  
BSV300T Building Sciences III  
CAI310T Computer-Aided Draughting III Computer-Aided Design II
CDO300T Contract Documentation III Contract Documentation II
CSM300T Construction Materials III Construction Materials II
KME310T Construction Methods III Construction Methods II
LDE310T Landscape Design III Architectural Design II
SFA300T Surveying for Architecture III  
SPQ300T Specification and Quantities III  
THD300T Theory of Design III Theory of Design II

 

In order to continue with the fourth year, students will be required to have a minimum mark of 70% or a successful portfolio interview for the subject Architectural Design III. Students who do not meet the requirements will be re-registered for the B Tech: Architectural Technology (field of specialisation: Technology), which is not accredited by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).

FOURTH YEAR/ATTENDANCE

   
CODE  SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ACH400T Architectural Design IV  Architectural Design III
CSM400T Construction Materials IV  Construction Materials III
KME400T Construction Methods IV Construction Methods III
LWC400T Law and Contract Management IV Architectural Practice III
PJG410T Project Management IV  Architectural Practice III
PUD400T Principles of Urban Design IV Landscape Design III
STR400T Structures IV  Applied Building Science I
THD400T Theory of Design IV Theory of Design III

 

 

MASTER’S DEGREE IN TECHNOLOGY: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (FIELD OF SPECIALISATION: PROFESSIONAL) Course code: MTPSS0

Remarks

a. Admission requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Architectural Technology: Applied Design or an equivalent qualification.

b. Duration: A minimum of two years and a maximum of three years.

c. Presentation: This program is offered on a day-class and on a block-course basis.

 

FIRST YEAR/ATTENDANCE

   
CODE SUBJECT PREREQUISITE SUBJECT
ACH500T Architectural Design V Architectural Design IV
AHC500T Architectural Practice V Architectural Practice IV
BMN500T Business Management V Architectural Practice IV
ARA500T Advanced Computer Applications V Computer-Aided Draughting III  
CHH500T Computer Hardware V Computer-Aided Draughting III
CSM500T Construction Materials V Construction Materials IV
KME500T Construction Methods V Construction Methods IV
NSY500T Network Systems V Computer-Aided Draughting III
THD500T Theory of Design V  Theory of design IV

 

SECOND YEAR/ATTENDANCE

   
CODE SUBJECTS PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ATG510T Research Report: Architecture: Architectural Design IV and V
  Professional V  
ATG510R Research Report: Architecture: Architectural Design IV and V
  Professional V (re-registration)  
CDO500T Contract Documentation V Studio Work: Contract 
    Documentation
CDO500R Contract Documentation V     
(re-registration)    
RMD500D Research Methodology V Architectural Design IV
SFN500T Specification V Construction Materials IV

 

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN TECHNOLOGY: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY (FIELD OF SPECIALISATION 2: TECHNOLOGY)

 

Course code: BTAQ95    
     
Remarks    
CODE SUBJECTS PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ARA400T Advanced Comp. Applications IV  Computer-Aided Draughting III
CDG40PT Computer-Aided Draughting: Computer-Aided Draughting III
Computer Hardware IV     
CDG40QT Computer-Aided Draughting: Computer-Aided Draughting III
Network Systems IV     
CDL40PT Construction and Detailing: Construction Methods III
Construction Methods IV    
CDL40QT Construction and Detailing: Construction Materials III

 

 

MASTER’S DEGREE IN TECHNOLOGY: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (FIELD OF SPECIALISATION: TECHNOLOGY). Course code: MTAD96

a. Admission requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Architectural Technology or an equivalent qualification.

b. Duration: A minimum of one year and a maximum of three years.

c. Presentation: This program is offered on a day-class and on a block-course basis.

 

CODE SUBJECTS PREREQUISITE SUBJECTS
ARM50PT Architectural Management: Construction and Detailing:
  Construction Methods V Construction Methods IV
ARM50QT Architectural Management: Construction and Detailing:
  Construction Materials V Construction Materials IV
ATG50PT Research Report: Architectural  
  Technology: Technology  None
  Research Methodology V  
ATG50PR Research Report: Architectural  
  Technology: Technology None
  Research Methodology V  
  (re-registration)  

 

 

CAREER DESCRIPTION
As a discipline, architecture falls in the creative realm and has its roots both in art and in science.  It demands a love of precision, geometry and order as well as a passion for mystery, wonder and the unknown. The study of architecture involves an exploration of diverse disciplines that influence the built environment. Architectural education is, by necessity, the most comprehensive course of tertiary studies. It not only prepares students for a future in the profession of architecture, but also provides an extraordinary foundation for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related fields. If you aspire to be a professional with a social mission, if you appreciate the value of science and technology and are simultaneously intrigued by the revelations offered by works of art, then architecture may well be your field. Architecture is also one of the most diversified and stimulating of careers. Students not only learn to handle the conflicting demands of function, aesthetics, technology and economy – all inherent aspects of design, but are also trained in a variety of means of expression including writing, model-making, drawing, photography, video, digital media and  verbal presentations. An architectural office is an informal and colorful environment.  Projects done there are usually a team effort, involving everybody in the office as well as many others like clients, consultants and contractors.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Your study of architecture could lead to a career as a professional architect, an architectural technologist, a building inspector/evaluator, a building product consultant or simply someone who specializes in draughting. The study of architecture is a lifetime occupation. You may choose to complete professional registration requirements and enter practice immediately, or you may pursue further studies in a specialized area of architecture, planning, management, or multimedia communications. The interests you develop at TUT may lead you into other fields of design or qualify you as an architectural critic, journalist, educator, historian, conservationist, environmentalist, community attorney or public policy advisor. 
You might extend your knowledge of urban, socio-economic and environmental issues and choose a career in such areas. The knowledge and skills you acquire while studying architecture could serve the community and yourself in a wide variety of rich and rewarding ways.

POSSIBLE EMPLOYERS
Self-employed consultant, private architects, government departments, such as Public Works, Defence Force and Corrective Services, and organizations like Eskom, mining companies and municipalities.

COST OF FIRST YEAR OF STUDY
Approximately R37 000.

ENQUIRIES
Tel: 012 382 5252
Fax: 012 382 5036
Email:  architecture@tut.ac.za
Visit us at www.architec.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/TUTEngineeringFaculty
https://twitter.com.TUTEngineering

Please note at time of publication this information was correct but Tshwane University of Technology reserves the right to amend all or any information without prior notification.

 

IMPORTANT:

Profile aspect %
Creativity and potential 30
General Education i.e. literacy and numeracy and general knowledge 30
2D and 3D aptitude. i.e. visual literacy. 30
Technical inclination 10

 

The test is a written two hour paper which comprise of the following aspects.

Creativity and potential.
Maximum marks 100

Basic drawing and graphic ability should be demonstrated. Perceptive skills are also evaluated in this section.

General Education.
Maximum marks 268

Age, gender, previous experience and learning are all converted to values.
Ability to read, comprehend and write in English is determined. A basic language proficiency test is done. Basic grade 9 mathematical knowledge and ability is required and tested. General knowledge, interest and social awareness are evaluated.

2D and 3D aptitude.
Maximum marks 99

Problems are posed to test the candidates' ability to comprehend and visualize three dimensional shapes as well as problems pertaining to spatial and two dimensional aspects.

Technical inclination.
Maximum marks 50

Problems of a technical nature are posed for the candidates to solve. The ability to think logically, rationally as well as laterally are evaluated.

Some of the questions are multi facetted and cover more than a single field.