University of Cape Town Humanities Admission Requirements – Undergraduate
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:
- 2017 Faculty Points Scoring and
- Humanities 2017 Admission tables – admission criteria for candidates with the NSC
Information for Performing and Creative Arts applicants:
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 the Michealis School of Fine Art website.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.\
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.
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.
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 liase 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).
The 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 2017.
University of Cape Town Humanities Admission Requirements Official Website: