Courses and Requirements – Human Sciences

Fine Art

Faculty of Human Sciences

Department: Visual Arts and Design

Diploma: Fine Art

B Tech: Fine Art

Advance Diploma: Fine Art


  1. Admission Requirements NSCA


Compulsory subjects Additional Admission Requirement: Graphic Design qualification candidates will have to complete assessment test:

-Personal interview

-Submission of portfolio

-Drawing ability and design skills and general ability to communicate on visual lev

el-M Score of 23 points or higher, life orientation excluded

English 4
Mathematical Literacy 4 or
Mathematics 3
Any other 4 subjects totaling (min. of 3 each subject) 17
Recommended subjects: (Art, Design, History, and Computer Application Technology).
Matric certificate must indicate admission to Diploma/B-degree



  • Requirements: SC

A minimum rating of E (40-49%) for HG and D (50-59%) for SG subjects. English and Mathematics are compulsory. A total of 24 on the Swedish scale is required



  • Requirements: N3-N6

A complete N6 related /appropriate qualification in the field of study. Exemption may be awarded for equivalent subjects scored (50-59%) with a 60% similarity in content

1.3 Requirements: NASCA/NCV (4)

To register and complete the Foundation programme in the specific discipline with VUT, subject to the admission requirements for the Foundation programme for this specific discipline.

  • Requirements: International qualification

All international qualifications will be evaluated by the International Office based on the Swedish scale and SAQA

  • Requirements: Transfers

Applications from students to transfer from other institutions will be dealt with in terms of the Recognition of Prior Learning and Continuation of Studies policies of VUT.


Admission requirements for BTech: 60% average for the complete ND in the related field of study

Admission requirements for Advanced Diploma: 60% average for major subjects excluding WIL (level 1-3) subjects of a completed ND/Diploma


  1. Curriculum

First year: Art Theory 1, Drawing 1, Two-dimensional Studies, Three-dimensional Studies, Communication Professional Practice I: EDL, Communication: Digital Imaging 1.

Second year: Art Theory 2, Drawing 2, any two of the following electives: Painting 2,

Printmaking 2, Sculpture 2, Ceramics 2, Communication Professional Practice 2, Communication: Digital Imaging 2.

Third year: Art Theory 3, Drawing 3, any two of the following electives: Painting 3, Printmaking 3, Sculpture 3, Ceramics 3, Communication Professional Practice 3, Communication: Digital Imaging 3.

BTech: Art Theory, Research Methodology, specialisation in one of the following electives:

Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Multimedia or Ceramics.

  1. What does a fine artist do?

This course will equip the graduate to operate as a practising professional artist and craftsperson in the national and international arenas. Given the diversity of academic and technical skills the graduate will have, he/she would be able to make an academic and economic contribution to the arts. The graduate will be equipped to operate as an entrepeneur and set up their own workshop or studio, and negotiate the art world effectively. The graduate would be able to find employment in the art industries, such as educational institutions, museums, art galleries, publishing houses, ceramic industries, advertising agencies, film companies and TV production houses, working with architects in decoration of buildings (mosaics, murals) or doing commissioned works such as portrait paintings, drawings or monuments.

of materials to deserving Visual Arts & Design students. This excludes BTech, MTech and DTech students who are entitled to apply directly to the NAC.

4. Enquiries

Enquiries may be addressed to:

The Head of Department: Visual Arts & Design

Vaal University of Technology, Private Bag X021 VANDERBIJLPARK 1900

Tel:(016)950-9174 Fax:(016)950-9465  e-mail:



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