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Faculty Point Scores | Fine Art | Theatre and Performance | Dance | Music | NBTs

 

Calculating admission points:

All applicants writing the National Senior Certificate must obtain the NSC with endorsement for degree studies or endorsement for diploma studies where this is the programme of choice. For applicants writing the NSC, and for those who wrote the Senior Certificate in the past, a Faculty Point Scoring System is used which assigns points to subjects passed, as indicated in the FPS table (see links below). Admission points are allocate to English and the next five best subjects (excluding Life Orientation). Please take time to read carefully through the following admission guide documents:
 

  1. 2015 Faculty Points Scoring tables and
  2.  Humanities 2015 Admission tables - admission criteria for candidates with the NSC


 

Information for Performing and Creative Arts applicants:

Fine Art:
In addition to the general UCT application (which must be submitted to the central Admissions Office), applicants must submit a portfolio of their work to the Michaelis School of Fine Art. A portfolio should consist of at least 10 pieces of work (either originals or good colour photographs) that show evidence of observational skill and creative engagement. Additional information, and advice on preparing the portfolio, are available by contacting the School, or visiting their website: www.michaelis.uct.ac.za The selection panel grades and ranks the portfolios and makes a recommendation to the Faculty. The Faculty of Humanities Undergraduate Office matches the portfolio recommendation with the FPS and NBT scores – applicants must have an acceptable FPS score, NBT score and portfolio recommendation to be made an offer. As long as the FPS score is above the cut off, the portfolio recommendation is the leading indicator.

Theatre and Performance:
The Selection Panel auditions applicants and identifies the best audition performances. Auditions are conducted in two rounds. In the first round, individual auditions are held where the focus is on the applicant’s skills and abilities. In the second round, short-listed applicants are recalled for a group audition where the focus is on applicants’ ability to work in a group context with others, and consideration is given to the composition of the class as a whole. Under certain circumstances, an offer may be made after only one audition if in the opinion of the examiners, the audition merits immediate acceptance. The top candidates are recommended to the Faculty Office. Other acceptable auditionees are wait-listed in rank order to be considered later if offers are turned down. Applicants are also asked to submit an essay which is used as an additional indicator of an applicant’s writing ability alongside the NBT score. Depending on the FPS score and NBT, the Faculty Office makes an offer of a place in either the degree or diploma programme to these applicants. As long as the FPS score is above the cut off, the leading indicator is the audition performance.

Dance:
The selection panel auditions and selects applicants. Recommendations are made to the Faculty Office. Depending on the FPS score and NBT, the Faculty Office may make an offer of a place in either the degree or diploma programme. As long as the FPS score is above the cut off, the leading indicator is the audition performance.

Music:
The SACM selection panels audition applicants and thereafter the Head of Department (HoD) will make recommendations to the Faculty Office. Depending on the FPS score and performance in the NBT, the Faculty Office makes offers to those applicants recommended by the selection panels for either the degree or diploma programme, depending on the FPS scores and NBT scores. As long as the FPS score is above the cut off, the leading indicator is the audition performance.

All applicants must come prepared for their auditions. Make sure to liaise with the relevant department for assistance with the audition.

 

Department Audition / Portfolio requirements Telephone
Dance Contact Angie Pearson to arrange an audition. (021) 650 2399
Fine Art Contact Sharon Werthen for portfolio details. (021) 480 7111
Music Contact Sheila Taylor to arrange an audition. (021) 650 2631
Theatre & Performance Contact Shabnam Pansari to arrange an audition.

Visit the Drama website for more information.

(021) 480 7121

Please note: no applications will be considered without the required auditions (for Music, Dance and Drama applicants) or the submission of a portfolio (for Fine Art applicants).

National Benchmark Tests:

The National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) are tests designed to measure a writer's ability to respond to and cope with the entry-level academic literacy, quantitative literacy and mathematics demands they will face in their university studies. They are used by many universities in South Africa to determine the readiness of the writer for higher education.

View more information on the NBT's should you wish to apply for study in 2015.