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13th February 2020, 07:58 PM
Re: School Of Architecture And Planning UCT

Can you tell me about the Portfolio requirements for Bachelor of Architectural Studies programme offered by The School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics of University of Cape Town?
13th February 2020, 07:59 PM
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Re: School Of Architecture And Planning UCT

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies programme offered by The School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics of University of Cape Town is an undergraduate degree programme which focuses on the design of the built environment and architectural design.

Contextually and socially located architecture is used as the medium to develop foundational design ability which is easily transferable to the range of graduate professional degree streams in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Urban Design.

BAS (Bachelor of Architectural Studies) Portfolio Requirements


1. One need to 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 one sees it.
Do not draw the object from a photograph.
Make an effort to show special quality of the object, e.g. its roughness or its smooth softness, manufactured property, etc.
One can use any technique to draw it. Use A4 paper (210 x 297mm – the size of this sheet). Include all rough work.

2. One needs to draw a portrait of an elderly person in one’s favourite place - this should be a real person whom one knows, and a real place.
Use any drawing technique and A4 size paper. Again, draw by direct observation – not from a photograph. Include all rough work.


3. One needs to make a design for a pattern, which could be used – for example – in the printing of fabric.
The pattern should be based on the abstraction, repetition and /or manipulation of the manufactured object you selected for drawing exercise A1.
Use A4 paper and any technique. Include all rough work.

4. One needs to design and make a freestanding light/lamp. Think about the effect of lamp/light in creating light and shadow.
Explain thought processes about light and shadow and what inspired the light.
Include photographs of one’s 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 rough work and design drawings.
There is no need to send any original models or built lamps.
One may use any materials.

5. One needs to design a poster advertising significant event, exhibition or conference that reflects what one consider socially relevant.
Carefully judge the information that needs to be communicated as well as 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.
Include rough work.

6. One needs to using drawings only (i.e. no words) and any graphic technique one’s like, draw for a friend how to go on a journey from one’s house to favourite local place.
Use one sheet of A4 paper for this.
Include some of rough sketches/ work with each exercise.


Include a one-page written motivation in portfolio giving reasons for wanting to study in this programme.


One may also submit copies or photographs of any other creative work such as drawings, sketches, paintings, or made objects (e.g. ceramics, clothing, carpentry, jewellery, wirework, beadwork, etc.).
There is no need to submit copies of more than six such items.
There is no need to submit any physical objects or bulky framed artwork.


One needs to include together with one’s portfolio and written motivation, certified copies of all one’s most recent school results and all tertiary institution results if one has studied anything after high school.
One needs to submit a copy of Official Transcript and results to the Admissions department as well.

Contact Detail:
The School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics
Centlivres Building,
Upper Campus
University of Cape Town Rondebosch, Cape Town 7701
+ 27 21 650 37 05
+ 27 21 650 23 83

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