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Art and Design: Introductory Studies

If you want to major in Photography, Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Multimedia and Textile Design or Technology (Craft) you should apply for INTRODUCTORY STUDIES – ART AND DESIGN on the NMMU application forms.

When considering whether to do the Introductory Course it is important to remember that it is not necessary to have had art as a school subject.

A student must be in possession of a Senior Certificate with a minimum of a D-symbol for First Language Higher Grade or a C-symbol for First Language Standard Grade.


All applicants must comply with the minimum NMMU admission requirements which are:

Admission Point score of 28

Minimum statutory NSC requirements for diploma entry must be met.

English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa (home language or first additional language) on at least level 3            (40 - 49%).

NSC achievement rating of at least a 2 ( 30 - 39%) for Mathematics or a 3 (40 - 49%) Mathematical Literacy.

Qualifying  applicants will be required to prepare a prescribed portfolio, attend an interview and complete a placement assessment which will include a language placement assessment and may include a department-based aptitude assessment.

Recommended NSC subjects are Visual Arts and/or Design

Applicants scoring below 28 may apply for entrance, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is strongly advised that documentation from an appropriate source e.g. a guidance counsellor, teacher etc. in support of the application is submitted.

The Faculty may refer such applicants to the Department of Student Counselling for further assessment.

Final acceptance will be based on final Grade 12 or equivalent final matriculation results as well as the results of the interview and assessment process mentioned above.

Applications based on recognition of prior work experience, age and maturity will also be considered.

Once your application has been received and processed, you will be sent a letter inviting you to an interview and a placement assessment. For the interview you need to complete a set portfolio of work, the details for the portfolio are listed in the letter.

To make an appointment for the interview, contact Mrs. Stenekamp on 041 5043251. You will be given a time and date on which to arrive at the Department with your portfolio, a certified copy of your matric results and your ID book, as well as a letter of motivation and any relevant, personal creative work you do in your own time.

At the time of the interview you will do a placement assessment test. Then, if the interviewers decide that your portfolio and placement assessment show that you possess the required technical and conceptual proficiency, you will be offered a place in the Introductory Studies Course.

However, if these skills are not sufficiently evident, you may be offered a place in the Extended Academic Curriculum. Basically this course will give you the opportunity to do the Introductory course over two years with additional time and extra projects from lecturers.

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