School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Bachelor of Architectural

About this Course

Overview

Bachelor of Architectural Studies The Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree is a three-year program that provides a strong academic and practical foundation for students in both their yearlong internship in an architectural firm and their Masters in Architecture degree that will follow thereafter. The first year introduces students to the principles of architecture from an anthropometric perspective, the second year introduces further social and environmental influences on architecture, and the final year prepares students for their internship.

Entry Requirements

Please note that the following are the minimum academic points that are needed in order to be eligible to apply for a place in the Architecture programme:

  1. A total of 30 points – excluding Life Orientation
  2. Level 5 Mathematics – not Maths literacy (no upgrades from Maths literacy)
  3. June results and Trial results in grade 12, as well as final Grade 11 results can be submitted. Please note that if your application is conditionally approved, it will only be confirmed upon receipt of final grade 12 results which need to meet our minimum criteria.
  4. PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS: The portfolio requirements include a drawing and a written component. Drawings to be done ONLY on A4 paper in pen or pencil – neatly held together in a folder or stapled together and placed in an envelope. The submission needs to include only original pieces of work unique for this application. No photocopies of work or traced images will be accepted.

Portfolio requirements UPDATED FOR 2025 APPLICATIONS

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Please download the attachment below for more information on the written component and comprehensive information on the portfolio requirement.

The closing date for this submission is 31 October 2024. YOUR PORTFOLIO MUST BE POSTED OR COURIERED TO:

Mailbox Address

Ms. Lunga Goba
College of Humanities – Undergraduate Office
Memorial Tower Building – Ground floor Room G056
Howard College Campus,
269 Mazisi Kunene Rd
Glenwood, Durban,
4041

Modules

First Year

Module Description Code Semester
Architectural Design & Technology 1A  ARCH101 Semester 1
Architectural Design & Technology 1B ARCH102 Semester 2
Building Science (Solar Geometry) ARCH107 Semester 1
Building Science 1 (Solar Movement)(8) ARCH108 Semester 2
History of Architecture 1A ARCH105 Semester 1
History of Architecture 1B ARCH106 Semester 2
Theory of Architecture 1A  ARCH103 Semester 1
Theory of Architecture 1B ARCH104 Semester 2
Theory of Structures 1A  ARCH109 Semester 1
Theory of Structures 1B ARCH110 Semester 2
Basic IsiZulu Language Studies A ZULN101 Semester 1

Basic IsiZulu Language Studies A (ZULN101)

Prerequisite Requirement: Open only to Students who have NOT written grade 12 isiZulu/isiXhosa/Zim isiNdebele/isiSwati or are proficient in these languages.

Aim: To achieve elementary fluency in both the oral and the written language.

Content: This module introduces basic grammar, history and culture of the amaZulu. Lectures combine an academic study of IsiZulu with the use of a communicative method of language learning.

Assessment: Class work: 40%   Examination: 60%

DP Requirement: Students must submit all written work on time and must comply with the attendance requirements for the isiZulu Discipline. 

Core module for the major in isiZulu Studies

Second Year

Module Description Code Semester
Architectural Design & Technology 1A  ARCH201 Semester 1
Architectural Design & Technology 1B ARCH202 Semester 2
Building Science (Electricity & Illumin) ARCH207 Semester 1
Building Science (Heat in Buildings)(8) ARCH208 Semester 2
History of Architecture 1A ARCH205 Semester 1
History of Architecture 1B ARCH206 Semester 2
Theory of Architecture 1A  ARCH203 Semester 1
Theory of Architecture 1B ARCH204 Semester 2
Theory of Structures 1A  ARCH209 Semester 1
Theory of Structures 1B ARCH210 Semester 2

Third Year

Module Description Code Semester
Architectural Design & Technology 3A  ARCH301 Semester 1
Architectural Design & Technology ARCH302 Semester 2
Building Science (Acoustics) ARCH307 Semester 1
Building Science (Passive Solar Design) ARCH308 Semester 2
History of Architecture 3A ARCH305 Semester 1
History of Architecture 3B ARCH306 Semester 2
Theory of Architecture 3A  ARCH303 Semester 1
Theory of Architecture 3B ARCH304 Semester 2
Theory of Structures 3A  ARCH309 Semester 1
Theory of Structures 3B ARCH310 Semester 2

NB: Registration for a module will be conditional on meeting all prerequisite requirements for that module.