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Admission requirement(s) and selection criteria:

A National Diploma: Three-Dimensional Design, Diploma in Industrial Design, Bachelor Degree Industrial Design or an NQF Level 6 qualification in Industrial Design obtained from an accredited South African university with an average of 60% or more. Students not meeting this requirement will be evaluated by the department and may be requested to provide an additional portfolio of relevant work experience in order to be considered for selection.
National Diploma: Three-Dimensional Design and Diploma Industrial Design students at TUT who are busy with their final year may be considered based on the average of their final-year mid-year portfolio assessment, but admission will be subject to the successful completion of the National Diploma: Three-Dimensional Design or Diploma in Industrial Design and the Faculty’s Student Enrollment Plan (SEP).
Holders of any other equivalent South African or foreign qualifications may also be considered, but they will have to apply in advance (± six months) for recognition of this qualification. Foreign students will be required to submit an evaluation from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) of their qualification. The Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics and Industrial design and the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment reserves the right to assess these qualifications and the applicant’s suitability for admission to the programme. Depending on the nature of such an equivalent qualification, the completion of certain additional subjects may be required.

Selection criteria:

Due to capacity constraints, candidates will be selected based on the quality of the portfolio submission, academic performance and/or work experience. Selection will be done after the closing date for applications. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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How do I apply?

In order to be considered to study you must complete all three of these steps by the set deadlines:

Step 1 Admission form.

Application form

Complete a TUT application form for admission. Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017.
The Tshwane University of Technology application form for admission is available at or Building 21, Pretoria Campus.

Step 2 Prepare and submit a portfolio

Prepare and submit a portfolio

Please take note that all the work in the portfolio must be your own. No copying of information or work will be allowed. Evidence of copying will lead to disqualification of your portfolio and application.
Portfolio contents (Use landscape format; the page size is your choice)

Page 1

Cover page with your surname and first names, cell phone numbers, age.

Page 2

Certified copy of your academic record from tertiary institution, including the NQF 6 qualification giving access to this advanced diploma course. You can include other studies, work experience. Declaration that the portfolio is your own work.

Page 3 onwards

Page 3 onwards should contain a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your skill as an Industrial Designer. The work presented may include projects completed at tertiary institutions and design work you have completed in commercial practice. The work should cover your skill set, which includes freehand conceptual drawing and rendering, computer aided design two and three-dimensional and the use of digital images. The portfolio should include evidence of your design process, block modelling, prototypes, material and manufacture process selection and the commercial justification for design projects.

Submission of portfolio

Submission of portfolio: The deadline for portfolio submission is the last working day of September 2017. You can submit your portfolio in person or by secure postal mail.

Online portfolio submission:

We have opened online portfolio submissions, but please be advised that this is a trial and physical submissions are preferred.

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In person:

Submit the portfolio at the Pretoria Campus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Room 340, Building 2. Attention: Mr C Duff.

By post:

(Make sure that your posted mail has ample time to reach us before the deadline of 29 September 2017 as no late portfolios will be considered).

Postal address:

Attention: Mr C Duff
Tshwane University of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics & Industrial Design, Building 2, Room 340
Private Bag X680

Step 3 Wait for outcome of assessment

Outcome of application

All portfolios submitted on time will receive a response by the last working day of October via the programme webpage. Possible responses will be: Accepted; Waiting list; Not accepted. Please note that the decision of the portfolio assessment is final and no correspondence regarding the outcome will be allowed.