The BAS(Hons) is a degree in architecture that pursues advanced vocational and discipline-specific knowledge, skills and competencies related to the history, theory, technology and practice of architecture. The course of study extends the base of knowledge through graduate study with particular emphasis on architectural design. It is focused on developing creative and critical inquiry, reflective understanding and cultural, social and technical knowledge in preparation for self-motivated independent learning. The BAS(Hons) fits within a succession of qualifications leading towards professional qualification in architecture. It is a prerequisite qualification for admission into the Master of Architecture (Professional).
The Master of Architecture (Professional) is a qualifying degree in architecture that provides students with the knowledge, values and skills to enter the profession of architecture and/or pursue further qualifications in architecture or fields associated with the architectural profession and built environment. It is focused on developing independent critical inquiry in preparation for practice in a diverse and changing world. Students are given considerable freedom and support to develop a reflective, critical and speculative relationship to their work. The qualification introduces a masters degree within a succession of qualifications leading towards professional qualification in architecture. It is a prerequisite qualification for statutory registration as a Candidate Architect with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP), in terms of the Architectural Professions Act 2000 (Act No 44 of 2000). To attain registration as Professional Architect, the candidate must complete a two-year period of practical experience in an architectural office and pass a registration exam set by SACAP.
This is a 1 year honours aimed at applicants intending to work in disciplines associated with the natural, geographical and computer sciences. The degree is intended to equip graduates with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge they need to incorporate GIS techniques in their every day work routine. Successful completion of the degree will qualify students for entry into the Master in GIS degree.
The MCRP is a two-year programme and is designed to produce legally registered professionals in the field of spatial planning. City and Regional Planners are essentially involved in the organisation or ordering of human activity in space, on a variety of scales: regional, large city, town, and neighbourhood. They are also involved in policy formation relating to factors or issues relating to the spatial environment (for example policy concerning housing, transportation, and the environment).
The MCPUD is a two-year programme and is open to students with BAS or BArch degrees or equivalent. Planning and Urban Design graduates work in a variety of fields such as private consulting companies, NGOs or in the public sector in a variety of capacities and regional levels - national, provincial or local.
The MLA is a two-year programme aimed at producing skilled professionals who can balance the environmental and spatial factors influencing Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architecture is essentially an environmental planning and design profession, using applied ecology for conservation and development planning. The programme parallels, and is integrated with the programmes in Architecture, Urban Design, and City and Regional Planning.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The Master of Philosophy is a non-professional degree which is particularly suited to: those who wish to undertake mid-career educational advancement in a specialised field; those who are interested in undertaking a masters in the field of the built environment, for non-professional purposes; and those who wish to use the M.Phil as a stepping-stone to a Doctorate (PhD).
The MPhil in Architecture was introduced as a response to the historic absence of a vigorous research culture in the discipline, as well as with the intention of producing a cadre of post graduates that could become future academics.
The primary aim of the M Phil in Conservation of the Built Environment is to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, values and skills to engage effectively with the challenges arising in the very diverse multi-disciplinary intellectual, cultural and physical environments where heritage and heritage resources are present. The emphasis of the programme is on developing competence in the professional and practical fields of conservation of and in the built environment and of heritage resource management.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics is committed to fostering post-graduate research and to expanding its cohort of doctoral students. Doctoral degrees may be supervised by qualified and approved staff in any of the postgraduate programmes offered by the School, and prospective candidates should refer to those sections of the website which deal with staff research interests.
The African Centre for Cities (ACC) was established in 2007 to serve as a platform for interdisciplinary research on urban issues both theoretical and applied across the University of Cape Town. The primary focus is on applied research to address complex, intractable urban problems and challenges. This is undertaken in a manner that advances novel ways of thinking about and understanding urbanism across the global South, yet is rooted in the realities of African urban spaces.
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