HOW TO APPLY

BTECH: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (APPLIED DESIGN) (part-time programme)

Applications for the part-time programme are made in the same way as for the full-time programme and the same selection criteria apply. Please refer to the CPUT website www.cput.ac.za  and download the CPUT undergraduate application form. More information here: http://www.cput.ac.za/study/apply

Applicants should follow the BTech full-time application procedures, clearly indicating the part time option. Once the application is captured on the CPUT university system, the student will be contacted and informed about further requirements and procedures, including an interview, presentation of a portfolio of work, CV, employer’s letter of recommendation and support, and the submission of a design test and theory assignment which will be emailed to you.

The portfolio should provide evidence of study and practice experience and should include examples of different scales and types of work, together with the tasks and responsibilities undertaken in relation to the projects in the portfolio.  The portfolio should ideally contain some previous academic work, an updated CV, drawings / graphics and documents produced in the office to provide evidence of design, technical and documentation skills, as well as, reference letters from past and current employer(s).

In addition to the standard BTech admission requirements of a three year National Diploma: Architectural Technology, or equivalent, from a University of Technology or a previous Technikon, the student needs a minimum of 12 months working experience after obtaining the ND, and must currently be employed by, a SACAP registered Professional Senior Architectural Technologist, or Professional Architect (or equivalent Council in your country).

The employer will be required to support the student through mentoring activities and granting the student occasional leave from work to attend an Orientation Block (February), Mid-year Review Block (June) and Year–end Review Block (November) for academic preparation work, tests and portfolio assessments.

The student needs to be computer literate, have access to online learning tools, a computer, internet connection and sufficient data, during and after office hours.

The part time BTech: Architectural Technology (Applied Design) is a two year programme and the degree conferred will be a CPUT BTech degree. The fees for the part-time BTech Architectural Technology (Applied Design) programme are reviewed annually please refer to the CPUT website for the latest fee estimates. In addition, there will be a separate levy charged for the online learning platform.
    
The deadline for 2018 applications is 30 September 2017. In addition to submitting the application form to the CPUT Admissions, a copy should be emailed to the OA Director at director@openarchitecture.co.za. You should also keep copies of your application forms, proof of payment of application fees and proof of postage for tracking purposes should your application for any reason be lost.

Refer to downloadable document: 2018 BTech Application Procedures


RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

If the applicant is not in possession of a National Diploma in Architectural Technology or equivalent and wishes to apply on the basis of substantial and relevant experience of at least 10 years, an application must be made through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process via CPUT. This is not the same as the SACAP RPL process as the CPUT RPL application will be for admission to a degree programme and not for professional registration.

The application process is as follows: 
  • the application process is open from April until 31 July 2017;
  • applicants must fill in the normal application form ticking the block that indicates that you are applying for RPL;
  • the application form must be submitted  to the CPUT admissions office;
  • the portfolio must be hand delivered, posted or couriered together with your CV to the Department of Architectural Technology & Interior Design;
  • the portfolio should include relevant project work and describe your role in those projects;
  • the CV must include your current qualifications, any short courses you have done and your work experience.

Once the RPL application is captured on the CPUT university system, the student will be contacted and informed about further requirements and procedures, including an interview, presentation of a portfolio of work, employer’s letter of recommendation and support, and the submission of a design test and theory assignment which will be emailed to you.

Recommendations from this process will be given to the RPL office and taken to the Senex committee where final decision will be made. This process takes about 3-5 months and the RPL office will then communicate the outcome to you.

The deadline for 2018 RPL applications is 31 July 2017.

Refer to downloadable document: 2018 BTech Application Procedures


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


BTECH: ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (APPLIED DESIGN)

Minimum Entry Requirements for part time BTech degree
 
1. A three year National Diploma in Architectural Technology, or equivalent, from a University of Technology or a previous Technikon (or approved and substantial equivalent experience of at least 10 years for RPL applications), under a SACAP registered Professional Architect or Professional Senior Architectural Technologist (provide evidence e.g. portfolio). 

2. A minimum of 12 months accredited architectural experience after obtaining the National Diploma in Architectural Technology (or equivalent) under a SACAP registered Professional Senior Architectural Technologist or Professional Architect.

3. Current and continuing employment during the BTech programme with a SACAP registered Professional Senior Architectural Technologist or Professional Architect.

4. SACAP registration as a Professional Architectural Technologist will be deemed an advantage.

5. Qualifying candidates will be invited to a regional interview to present a portfolio of work, CV, employer’s letter of recommendation and support, and may be required to undergo an en-loge design test and theory assignment.


FUTURE ARCHITECTURAL HONOURS/MASTERS/MTECH PART TIME PROGRAMMES

The postgraduate studies will be offered in collaboration with an existing accredited architectural institution. The programme will run over 4 years part time. Studies will be conducted online and in the workplace, with compulsory occasional block release studio and portfolio reviews. The fees will depend on the institution that OA partners with.
 
Minimum Entry Requirements to future part time Honours/Masters/MTech
 
1. An Architecture Bachelors level degree (BAS, BSc or BTech degree) or approved and substantial equivalent experience for RPL applications, under a SACAP registered Professional Architect (provide evidence e.g. portfolio). 

2. A minimum of 12 months accredited architectural experience after obtaining the Bachelor’s qualification under a SACAP registered Professional Architect.  

3. Current and continuing employment during the academic programme with a SACAP registered Professional Architect.

4. SACAP registration as a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist will be deemed an advantage.

5. Qualifying candidates will be invited to a regional interview to present a portfolio of work, CV, employer’s letter of recommendation and support, and may be required to undergo an en-loge design test and theory assignment.



 
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