University of Cape Town School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

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University of Cape Town School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

The School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics is uniquely situated in the context of Sub Saharan Africa Universities, as it is the only one offering such a wide variety of programmes. With over 500 students and 27 full time academic members of staff, the school itself potentially represents the global south metropolis in miniature. Within this richly diverse context, students learn to define themselves as they progress through the curriculum, working toward ever greater levels of independence in their research, writing, and design. Beyond the School, Cape Town provides the inspiration and the test ground for our work, allowing students to learn in the context of one of the continent’s more complex metropolises.

Architecture Programmes Offered at UCT

The School’s largest and oldest program is the three year Bachelor of Architecture Studies (BAS) undergraduate program, which provides both a deep and broad education in the field of architecture. The course emphasises the interconnected relationship between architectural design, building technology, history, and theory of architecture. The curriculum is carefully structured to establish an intellectual and disciplinary context for students to develop an understanding of architecture as a form of contemporary cultural production tied to larger social, economic and political issues. The range of studios, lectures, workshops and seminars provides an active learning environment in which individual creativity and criticality can be nurtured. Students graduating from the BAS often choose architectural design with the intention of going on to graduate school to earn a Master of Architecture. Others enter into related fields or the profession.

The BAS (Hons) and Master in Architecture (Professional), which are sequential degrees essential to final registration as an architect, build upon the foundation course and reflect the program’s commitment to the cultural, social, political, technological and ecological issues of the built environment. Committed to a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach throughout the program, students are challenged to be creative, innovative, and responsible leaders in the field. The architect graduates from UCT have long enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, a reputation in this country and abroad as being excellent contributors and leaders in the workplace. They are well placed to take on the challenges of growth and sustainable development that continues to see “architect” listed as a scarce skill in government gazettes. Moreover, the BAS Honours and MArch(Prof) continues to offer the University a significant connection between academia and the “real world” through the ongoing use of Cape Town as laboratory through which social-spatial inequities and challenges can be addressed. Through strong connections with the Western Cape Education Department and the City of Cape Town the research work of students and staff is beginning to gain traction and have a positive impact on the lives and spaces of the citizens of our region.Admission

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School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics Admissions

Post Graduate

Architecture: Entry to the BAS (Hons) programme is restricted to students with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (or equivalent) degree. The minimum duration of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours) is one year of full-time study. Except with the permission of Senate, students who register for the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours) degree must register for the full year’s study. The qualification introduces an honours degree within a succession of qualifications leading towards professional qualification in architecture. It is a prerequisite qualification for admission into the Master of Architecture (Professional). The application portfolio requirements can be found here.

There are 20 places available for this programme.

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MPHIL – Architecture: Candidates must hold a four year bachelor’s degree or an honours degree from a recognised university, or must have attained a level of competence which, in the opinion of Senate, is adequate for admission purposes.

MARCH: The Master of Architecture by research degree is open to graduates with a BAS(Hons) degree and to those with an Honours equivalent degree in a related or discipline acceptable to the higher degree committee.

CUT Architecture Entry Requirement

Entry into the BAS (Hons) programme is restricted to students with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (or equivalent) degree. Please note that the UCT BAS (Hons) degree consists of one full year of study and is a prerequisite qualification for admission into the Master of Architecture (Professional) (NQF 8)

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Entry to the programme is through the presentation of a dissertation proposal. This takes the form of a crafted proposition which is publicly defended before the graduate programme higher degrees committee which is ultimately responsible for admissions and the final award of degrees.

The degree may be undertaken in a minimum of 4 semesters, or in exceptional circumstances in 3. A minimum residency of one semester is expected, though 2 semesters (one year) is advisable.

How to Apply

University of Cape Town School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics Online Application

Contact Us for more details

Architecture & Planning Contact

Postal Address

School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch,
Cape Town
7701

Telephone: + 27 (0)21 650 3705
Fax: + 27 (0)21 650 2383

For admission to, or information concerning specific programmes, contact the following:

The BAS Programme

Ms Nanette Pickover
Senior Secretary: BAS Programme

Telephone: + 27 (0)21 650 3705
Fax: + 27 (0)21 650 2383
Email: Nanette Pickover

The BAS(Hons), MArch(Prof), BCP(Hons) and MCRP Programmes

Ms Naomi Gihwala
Admin Assistant: BAS Hons / M Arch / BCP Hons / MCRP Programmes

Telephone: + 27 21 650 2081
Fax: + 27 21 650 2383
Email: Naomi Gihwala

The MPhil Conservation, MLA or MUD Programmes

Mr Mcebisi Mdluli
Senior Secretary: MPhil Conservation / MLA / MUD Programmes

Telephone: + 27 (0)21 650 2374
Fax: + 27 (0)21 650 2383
Email: Mcebisi Mdluli

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