University of the Free State (UFS)
Head Department Of Architecture:
Through the integration of design, construction, theory, and history, we aim to sensitively, critically, and sustainably learn to provide meaningful places in the South African and international context.
After completion of their studies students will be equipped to register through SACAP as Architectural Draughtspeople, Architectural Technologists, Senior Architectural Technologists, or Professional Architects.
The Department of Architecture focuses on the caring design of the built environment in the following ways:
RESEARCH – Dedicated undergraduate bachelor and postgraduate honours, master’s, and doctoral programmes and focused research by staff members in architectural history, theory, ethics, and design
TEACHING – Formal lectures, inter-personal studio facilitation, vertical studio sessions, construction site visits, annual design excursions, and visits to architectural practices
COMMUNITY SERVICE – The UNESCO-accredited Earth Unit and community service learning
PRACTICE – Unconditional validation as a South African Architectural Learning Site, locally by South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and internationally by the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA). Associated with the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)
Bachelor of Architecture (BArch): 3 year full-time course
Honours in Architecture (BArchHons): 1 year full-time course
Master of Architecture (MArch): 1 year full-time course
PhD : It is foreseeable that candidates who enter with either the old five-year BArch or an MArch might exit with a PhD within three years of full-time study.
students with the opportunity to develop a broad scientific foundation and students are normally required to complete eight modules (at least 120 credits per year, four
modules per semester). These modules serve as the foundation for specialisation in the subsequent years. In the second year of study, majors are selected (at NQF
Level 6), supplemented with modules from supportive disciplines. Learning programmes provide students with the opportunity to select modules from related supportive
disciplines to ensure purposeful qualifications. In the third year of study, students must specialise in two major fields of study, for example Physics and Chemistry, or
Microbiology and Biochemistry, or Genetics and Botany (at NQF Exit Level 7), with a total of at least 60 credits completed for each major. Furthermore, students may also
be required to complete other modules to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and literacy required to function in a demanding academic environment.
Students can apply online at: https://apply.ufs.ac.za/
Please note, as a new member, there will be a once-off administrative fee of R150-00.
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