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Art and Design

The Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year is a compulsory  first year programme for students wishing to major in any Design or Fine Art disciplines. This exciting year introduces students to aspects of all the discipline majors listed below. This gives you a holistic overview of creative processes and develops skills that can be applied to multi-disciplinary creative projects in the future.

On successfully completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year you have the opportunity to select a specialist discipline from the Design stream or from the Fine Art stream.

SPECIALIST DISCIPLINES (Majors)
DESIGN STREAM FINE ART STREAM
Fashion and Textiles
Graphic Design
Photography
Ceramics
Glass
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture


NB! Your admission to the Bachelor of Visual Arts second-year streams is not automatic and is subject to the internal selection rules and procedures outlined below.

 

How do I apply?​

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Progression and selection into the Bachelor of Visual Arts second-year streams

As noted, opportunity for selection into the specialisation streams of Fashion and Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography or Fine Art happens at the end of the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year. As the School has limited capacity to accommodate the various disciplines, this implies that, should the number of applicants exceed capacity, a selection procedure based on creative merit must be applied. Students are considered for placement into these streams only after successfully completing all compulsory modules in the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year. The final placement procedure into the streams is based on the following criteria:

  • The student will be requested to indicate two choices of preferred specialisation (for example, Photography or Ceramics) at second-year level.
  • The student must attend an interview with a panel of subject specialist lecturers, together with the relevant Head of Department.
  • The student must submit for consideration at the said interview(s) a portfolio of relevant first-year work appropriate to his/her proposed study field.
  • The student may be required to complete a challenge test. This may be a written challenge, on a given topic, conducted under controlled conditions; or the production of a creative visual output, according to a prescribed brief, that shows process evidence of the student’s creative ability.
  • During the interview process, students are counselled as to the specialisation most suited to their abilities, students who are not accepted into their preferred specialisation will subsequently be offered a place in a suitable alternative field of study according to available capacity.


Departments reserve the right to accept only those students who display the appropriate skill and capacity for the intended field of study. Students have the right to appeal through appropriate channels the placement offered. All placements made as a result of the above mentioned interview process must be deemed to be provisional. Applicants will be informed of the result/s of their interviews once all the sets of interviews have been completed and the panels have completed their deliberations. Admission remains conditional until confirmed after the publication of the official first-year results.

First Year Students

Contact information
Mrs Andrieta Wentzel
Head of Department: Introductory Studies
Tel: +27 41 504 3539
andrieta.wentzel@mandela.ac.za

Ms Nomsa Xubane
Admin Assistant
Tel: 041 504 3247
nomsa.xubane@mandela.ac.za