The Introductory Studies course forms the compulsory first year credit for all students seeking to major in the following disciplines:

  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Stained Glass

All students wanting to major in one of these directions are required to apply for INTRODUCTORY STUDIES – ART AND DESIGN on their NMMU application forms.

A student must be in possession of a Senior Certificate with a minimum of a D-symbol for First Language Higher Grade or a C-symbol for First Language Standard Grade.

NOTE: Art as a school subject is not a pre-requisite for admission


All applicants must comply with the minimum NMMU admission requirements. Applications are internally evaluated (Senior Certificate or final Grade12 trial examination results, or final grade 11 results) by using the following evaluation system. Points are allocated to each subject as follows:

HG 8 7 6 5 4 2
SG 6 5 4 3 2 1

Applicants scoring 25 points or higher will be invited in writing to prepare a prescribed portfolio and make an appointment to attend an interview, present their portfolio and complete a series of placement tests. These tests include a language placement assessment and may include a department-based aptitude assessment.

Applicants scoring below 25 points may apply for entrance, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is strongly advised that documentation from an appropriate source e.g. a guidance counsellor, teacher etc. in support of the application is submitted.

The Faculty may refer such applicants to the Department of Student Counselling for further assessment.

Final acceptance will be based on final grade 12 or equivalent final matriculation results as well as the results of the interview and assessment process mentioned above.

Applications based on recognition of prior work experience, age and maturity will also be considered.


After successfully completing the Introductory Studies course, students are considered for placement in one of the second year disciplines. The final procedure for entrance to any of the 2nd year directions takes place at the end of the academic year. Prior to placement the student is required to indicate a first and a second choice of preferred study direction at the second year level. The student attends a placement interview with the relevant subject lecturers, at which a portfolio of first year work is submitted.

During the interview process, students are counselled as to the discipline most suited to their abilities, and are subsequently offered a place in an appropriate course.

Departments reserve the right to accept only those students who display the appropriate aptitude for the intended field of study. Entrance remains conditional until the date that the Examination Department publishes the official first year results.