On my previous blog posts, Where to study graphic design in South Africa and Study Graphic Design: Universities vs Independent Design Schools, I have had several queries regarding admission requirements for the Graphic Design Programme. If you want an accredited National Diploma in Graphic Design or a BA Design Degree you need to make sure that you have a National Senior Certificate (NSC) as certified by Umalusi (or equivalent). But what does this mean? Below are some guidelines for you to follow, but please note that different institutions may have specific levels of subject achievement, ie they may only require a 2 for Mathematics on the APS scale of achievement or a 4 for Mathematical Literacy. Some may even have Visual Arts as a compulsory subject. Note also that Life Orientation only has a credit value of 10 and may be divided by 2 in the calculation of the final APS rating.
For the National Diploma Programme
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with an endorsement of a bachelor’s degree or a diploma, or an equivalent qualification, with an achievement level of at least 4 for English (home language or first additional language). You will also need to submit a prescribed portfolio. The Life Orientation score is divided by 2 when calculating the total APS.
- English: (first or second language) 4
- Additional subjects: Any five other subjects with a combined score of 16
For the Bachelor’s Degree Programme
The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with an endorsement of a bachelor’s degree, as well as an APS of 30. The Life Orientation score is divided by 2 when calculating the total APS.
|APS scale of achievement||Rating||Marks %|
|APS = Admission point score|
- Applicants who wish to enroll for a degree programme need to ensure that four of their seven subjects are from the designated list.
- The list already includes three of the four compulsory subjects for obtaining the NSC, namely, Languages, Maths or Maths Literacy.
- A learner must then select one or more subjects from the list below, provided that they are not from the same group in order to apply for a degree programme.
|Agricultural Sciences||Life Sciences|
|Business Studies||Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy|
|Engineering Graphics and Design||Religion Studies|