Bachelor of Architecture

Description: 

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Architecture will enable registration as Candidate Architectural Technologists with the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors (NCAQS) in terms of Act 13 of 1979, and Act 11 of 1992.

Admission Requirements: 

The admission of students to the programme is via three routes: General Admission by means of a 3-stage selection process; admission via the Mature Age Entry Scheme; and admission with Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning, as set out below.

General Admissions

First Stage:

Candidates are to be assessed on academic merit only. Candidates apply for this stage with their latest Grade 12 / NSSC Ordinary Level (NSSCO) and / or NSSC Higher Level (NSSCH) results and/or relevant INSTEM results obtained from NUST. Candidates are required to meet the following minimum academic criteria to be considered:

  • At least 12 points on the NUST evaluation scale for English and Mathematics using a combination of NSSCH and / or NSSCO, provided that no symbol lower than a C on NSSCO will be accepted.
  • A minimum of 18 points on the NUST evaluation scale for any three other subjects out of the following (or their equivalent): Technical Drawing, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Fine Art, Arts and Crafts, Literature, and Economics, using a combination of NSSCH and NSSCO, provided that no symbol lower than a C on NSSCO will be accepted.
  • INSTEM results will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis according to NUST regulations.

Second Stage – Selection Test

Candidates who meet the minimum academic requirements for admission will be invited for a selection test set by the Department. The selection test will assess candidates in terms of their general knowledge, knowledge of technical and scientific principles, free hand and technical drawing skills as well as English language skills. Based on the outcome of the selection test, the Department will compile a selection shortlist.

Prior learning in technical / geometrical drawing provides an extremely advantageous foundation for students entering all programmes leading to an architectural qualification. International applicants will be accommodated by distance.

Final Stage – Selection Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for selection interviews with the Selection Committee, after which a final selection list and ranked waiting list will be compiled. The results of the Selection Process are final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entertained. If the final Grade 12 and /or INSTEM results of candidates, who were selected provisionally, do not meet the minimum requirements, then final admission to the programme will be withheld.

International applicants will be accommodated by distance.

The decision of the Selection Committee is final, and no discussion of the results with the candidates will be entertained.

Mature Age Entry Scheme

Admission into the programme may be considered according to the NUST regulations on the Mature Age Entry Scheme as per Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook, General Information and Regulations.

Candidates must adhere to regular NUST application deadlines. In addition to meeting the requirements set out in the NUST regulations, candidates will have to submit a portfolio of relevant work experience with their application, which will be evaluated as per requirements set out by the Department. Candidates whose portfolio meets the expected requirements, will be invited to the selection test as set out in 10.1.2 above and will follow the general admissions process from there onwards. International applicants will be accommodated by distance.

The decision of the Selection Committee is final, and no discussion of the results with the candidates will be entertained.

Admission with Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning

For candidates who have partially completed an equivalent qualification at another institution, admission into the programme may be considered according to the NUST regulations on Admission with Advanced Standing (evaluation of credits by volume) or Recognition of Prior Learning (evaluation of credits on a course-by- course basis) as per Part 1 of the NUST Yearbook, General Information and Regulations. Candidates must adhere to regular NUST application deadlines. In addition to meeting the requirements set out in the NUST regulations, candidates will have to submit a portfolio of works of their previous studies with their application, which will be evaluated as per requirements set out by the Department. Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the Selection Committee, including a portfolio review. International applicants will be accommodated by distance.

The decision of the Selection Committee is final, and no discussion of the results with the candidates will be entertained.

Career Opportunities: 

B.Arch Graduates can take up careers in a wide range of areas in the built environment industry. They have opportunities in professional architectural firms as candidate Architectural Technologists. Graduates who wish to pursue professional careers as Architects may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Architecture Honours at the Department, or any other school of architecture within the region or further field. They also have the opportunity to pursue further studies in different in different built environment fields in educational institutions offering instruction in them.

Modes of Study: 
Full-time
Duration: 
3 Years
Level of Programme: 
Undergraduate
Course Code: 
07BARC
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