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					                                                                                                       This research component forms a major part of the 1st level practical modules and requires time
                            UNISA                                                                      management and commitment.
     Department Of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology                                             With business, communication and programming subjects comprising a part of the degree, a
                                  P.O. Box 392, UNISA, 0003                                            UNISA multimedia graduate will have been exposed to a broad spectrum of complementary fields
                                                                                                       that make up a unique package. But most significantly, graduates will also have the critical skills to
                                                                                                       question and expand upon the visual culture of multimedia today.

         BACHELOR OF ARTS (CULTURE AND ARTS) WITH                                                      While creating the degree, we did not envisage our prospective degree candidates to be working
               SPECIALISATION IN MULTIMEDIA                                                            as multimedia technicians. Instead, our aim is to educate students to become independent
                                                                                                       thinkers, inventive creators and directors. Many students incorrectly assume that the degree is
                                    Degree Code 02305                                                  mostly concerned with acquiring computer skills and fail to realise that the formal aspects of art
                                                                                                       making are an equally significant part of creating original forms of visual communication. We
                                                                                                       promote a cross-over between the traditional and the digital where students are, for example,
                                                                                                       encouraged to animate drawings and sculptures that were created as part of the hands-on part of
                                                                                                       the course. All the first-level modules follow this pattern. The handmade or traditional component of
                                                                                                       each module is transferred to a digital platform, opening up unlikely creative options that would
                                                                                                       otherwise not have occurred.

                                                                                                       At first, many students have problems with understanding the tutorial letters and with "what is
                                                                                                       expected”. You will learn that there are no correct solutions - even if you are unsure, make a
                                                                                                       decision and experiment with your ideas. It is much more important to explore different ideas and
                                                                                                       media. When seeing the work of other students during the workshops, you will realise that there
                                                                                                       are many ideas and approaches and a whole range of media and techniques that you can explore.
                                                                                                       Workshops are an essential teaching component of the courses and they bridge the gap between
                                                                                                       distance-teaching and residential situations. Two workshops are presented (March/April and
                                                                                                       July/August) when assessment and practical sessions are conducted. It is important to take full
                                                                                                       advantage of these and students should plan their year so as to attend as many days as possible.
                                                                                                       It is very difficult to cope with this degree without the assistance offered at workshops. You will also
                                                                                                       learn much from your fellow students. The practical sessions will give you the technical guidance
                                                                                                       and the assessments will help you with ideas and the formal principles and knowledge that you
                                                                                                       require.

                                                                                                       Art is not a discipline that one can “cram” at the last minute. It requires commitment and a schedule
                                                                                                       that provides time for regular practical working sessions. You will need to invest at least 15 hours
                                                                                                       per week if you wish to progress and develop your creative potential. It is advised that students
                                                                                                       register for no more than two practical modules per year.


                                                                                                       The below document contains:
                                                                                                          • Admission and registration requirements / procedures
                                                                                                          • Departmental entrance requirements
                                                                                                          • The curriculum outline
                                                                                                          • Hardware and Software requirements
                                                                                                          • The portfolio requirements and short questionnaire
Dear Student,                                                                                             • Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in studying Multimedia through our department.                             Please read thoroughly through the information and feel free to contact the department should you
The visual component of the multimedia degree course – unlike other advertising-focused                have any further queries about your studies. We look forward to having you as a student in this
equivalents – has a distinctive contemporary art focus. We encourage a more individualized and         department.
philosophical outlook instead of limiting students to approaching multimedia from the marketing
aspects of visual communication only.                                                                  Kind Regards,

“Art” is not just about making an artwork! As a university student you will be expected to deal with
not only a wide range of media and technical processes of art-making but also to explore the           The Staff
development of ideas into visual metaphors. This involves a variety of research methodologies          Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
including required experimentation, mind maps, workbooks and field trips/on-site investigations.
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UNIVERSITY ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                 To Submit your Portfolio via Email:
Listed below are our requirements into degree studies in the Department of Art History,
                                                                                                 • Once you have completed your four drawing and four paintings, scan the work or take
Visual Arts and Musicology.
                                                                                                    digital photographs.
                                                                                                 • Complete the questionnaire below in full. This questionnaire can also be downloaded
    •   Matric exemption will allow you to study for degree studies.
                                                                                                    from the department website.
    •   Please take note of the new application and registration procedures.
                                                                                                 • Email the questionnaire, images of your artworks and passport photos to Katya Venter
        (Unisa website www.unisa.ac.za or http://applications.unisa.ac.za) For
                                                                                                    on venteea@unisa.ac.za
        application dates see the prospective students’ online form.
                                                                                                 • Please put the following in the subject line: Portfolio Application (Student Number)
    •   The first step is to apply for a student number. Applications to study at Unisa in
        January 2011 closed on 30 September 2010. Second semester applications are               • Please make sure the email not bigger than 2mb.
        open from 14 March to 29 April 2011.
    •   The second step is to apply for entrance into the degree and obtain a "permission
                                                                                                 To Submit your Portfolio via post or courier:
        slip" by submitting a portfolio of artworks and completed questionnaire to the
        department.                                                                              • Once you have completed your four drawing and four paintings, make colour copies or
                                                                                                    photographs of the work.
    •   The third step is to register at Unisa for a specific degree (at this stage you submit
        your "permission slip" obtained).                                                        • Complete the questionnaire below in full. This questionnaire can also be downloaded
                                                                                                    from the department website.
    •   Students can register from 29 November 2010 to 21 January 2011 for all Visual
        Arts and Multimedia modules. NO LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE PERMITTED.                     • Courier the questionnaire, images of your artworks and passport photos to
                                                                                                       Fihliwe Ndala
    •   Prospective students must keep in mind that they have to attend TWO workshops
                                                                                                       Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
        for every practical module they enrol for. This is a requirement of the university and
                                                                                                       Room 1-08
        the department. Workshops and exam assessments are done in Pretoria, Cape
                                                                                                       Building 12C
        Town and Durban only.
                                                                                                       Unisa Sunnyside Campus
    •   Students can view the registration information on the UNISA website
                                                                                                       Cnr Mears and Walker Street
        http://www.unisa.ac.za/contents/myRegistration/docs/My_Reg_Human_S.pdf
                                                                                                       Sunnyside
    •   The academic year begins on 15 January; you are advised to register ASAP.                      0001
                                                                                                 • Post the questionnaire, images of your artworks and passport photos to:
    NB. It is compulsory to apply for entrance into this degree and obtain a
                                                                                                       Fihliwe Ndala
    "permission letter" from the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and
                                                                                                       Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
    Musicology.
                                                                                                       Box 392
                                                                                                       UNISA
DEPARTMENTAL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS                                                                     0003
Portfolio submissions and workshop attendance.                                                   •     Please note that using regular post will take longer.

•   In order to obtain permission to register for the Bachelor of Arts with specialisation in    Additional Compulsory Degree Requirements
    Multimedia Degree, potential students must submit a portfolio of 8 works for
    assessment.                                                                                  •   Students must be able to attend at least one workshop per practical module. It is
•   Prospective students have to submit a portfolio of 4 drawings AND 4 paintings or digital         strongly advised that you attend both workshops for each module. Workshops are
    colour art works, together with a completed questionnaire, including personal details            conducted at UNISA’s Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban centres.
    AND submit 2 passport photos. (See questionnaire below).                                     •   All students are required to attend at least 2 days of the first workshop for each of the
•   The drawings and paintings must have been done in the past TWO years and can be                  modules for which they are registered. However, students are strongly advised to
    of everyday objects.                                                                             attend all workshops presented for their particular modules as these are
•    Alternatively, do the following drawings and paintings: 4 black and white drawings              important modes of tuition.
     (pencils, pastels, charcoal) of everyday objects, city, figure, plants, etc AND 4 small     •   Students are required to submit the first project/assignment for each of the modules for
     paintings – oil or acrylics: everyday objects, plants, figure, etc.                             which they are registered. Please consult your tutorial matter with regard to the
•    You may additionally submit examples of your digital work; however you still need to            submission of these compulsory assignments. Please note that if you do not submit the
     have the full portfolio of 8 works.                                                             compulsory assignment for each module, you will NOT be given exam admission.
•   Our selection is based on the drawings, paintings and completed questionnaire, which
    you are strongly advised to submit digitally. (See last page of this document for            Please direct all queries about study fees and all other administrative details to:
    questionnaire).                                                                              Fihliwe Ndala (012 429 6798), e-mail: ndalafs@unisa.ac.za
•   Permission is granted solely by the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and
    Musicology.
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CURRICULUM SUMMARY: Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts) with                        MCT328J       Music technology – digital audio (Music in World Cultures Today 328)
the specialisation in Multimedia Studies
Please see my Modules @ Unisa brochure and my Registration @ Unisa - College of               plus 1 of the following:
Human Sciences for further detailed information                                               MNE202V        Introduction to entrepreneurship and small business management (Business
                                                                                                             Management 202)
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE MULTIMEDIA DEGREES ARE ART-BASED AND YOU                             INS2055        Exploring information user studies (Information Science 2055)
                                                                                              INS2066        Investigating information ethics in the information era (Information Science
 WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO PRACTICAL PAINTING, DRAWING AND SCULPTURE
                                                                                                             2066)
                                                                                              WLL2602        Film Literature and Society (World Languages and Literatures 2602)

Four areas or streams of specialisation for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture           * Only students who have completed INF1511 can register for INF2611 Students who did not
and Arts) with the specialisation in Multimedia Studies:                                      should select a second module from the four above instead.

    1. Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts) with specialisation in Visual            THIRD LEVEL
       Multimedia      (Degree Code 02305 – MMV) (emphasis on visual arts and                 This level comprises the following 8 modules:
       programming)
    2. Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts) with specialisation in Audio-visual      VAR3701       Visual arts 3 (Visual Arts 3701)
       Multimedia (Degree Code 02305 – MMA) (emphasis on audio, music and                     PAT3701       Professional Art Practice (Professional Art Practice 3701)
       programming)                                                                           ARH213M       Art theory and criticism 1 (Art History 213)
    3. Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts) with Computer-generated Multimedia       ARH314R       Popular visual culture (Art History 314)
       (Degree Code 02305-MMC) (emphasis on programming plus visual arts)                     COM303A       Media studies: content, audiences and production (Communication Science
    4. Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Arts) with Multimedia in Digital Visual Arts                 303)
       (Degree Code 02305 – MMD) (emphasis on Visual Arts and Communication: for              COM304B        New media technology (Communication Science 304)
       students who either have prior computer programming experience or are not              TEX8216       Writing skills for the communications industry (Afrikaans 8216)
       interested in programming).
                                                                                              plus 1 of the following modules:
                                                                                              ARH411R        Contemporary international art (Art History 411)
                                                                                              INS3025        Information technology: Information Systems and information transfer
VISUAL MULTIMEDIA (02305 – MMV)
                                                                                                             (Information Science 3025)
                                                                                              INS3702        Political economy of information (Information Science 3702)
FIRST LEVEL
                                                                                              INS3059        Information and knowledge management (Information Science 3059)
This level comprises the following 8 modules:

TDM1501       Two-dimensional imaging (Two-dimensional Imaging 1501)
FRM1501       Form and motion (Form and Motion 1501)                                          AUDIOVISUAL MULTIMEDIA (02305 – MMA)
ARH1501       Visual literacy (Art History 1501)
COM1501       Fundamentals of communication (Communication Science 1501)                      FIRST LEVEL
MNB1501       Business management 1A (Business Management 1501)                               This level comprises the following 9 modules:
EUP1501       End-user Computing (Practical) (Information Systems 1501)
COS1521       Computer systems: fundamental concepts (Computer Science 1521)                  TDM1501       Two-dimensional imaging (Two-dimensional imaging 1501)
                                                                                              FRM1501       Form and motion (Form and Motion 1015)
plus 1 of the following modules:                                                              MHS2602       Music in society (Music in World Culture Today 2602)
ENN101D        English Studies: Approaching literature and writing (English 101)              COM1501       Fundamentals of communication (Communication Science 1501)
ENN102E        English Studies: Explorations in reading and meaning (English 102)             ARH1501       Visual literacy (Art History 1501)
INF1511*       Visual Programming 1                                                           ARH1502       Art today (Art History 1502)
                                                                                              EUP1501       End-user Computing (Practical) (Information Systems 1501)
SECOND LEVEL                                                                                  COS1521       Computer systems: fundamental concepts (Computer Science 1521)
This level comprises the following 8 modules:
                                                                                              plus 1 of the following modules:
VAR2601       Visual arts 1 (Visual Arts 2601)                                                ENN101D        English Studies: Approaching literature and writing (English 101)
VAR2602       Visual arts 2 (Visual Arts 2602)                                                ENN102E        English Studies: Explorations in reading and meaning (English 102)
ARH1501       Art today (Art History 1501)                                                    INF1511*       Visual Programming 1
ARH211K       Art and ideology 1 (Art History 211)
COM2036       Integrated organisational communication (Communication Science 2036)            SECOND LEVEL
INF2611*      Visual programming 2 (Information Systems 2611)                                 This level comprises the following 7 modules:

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VAR2601       Visual arts 1 (Visual Arts 2601)                                                Note that ICT2621 replaced INF206D and ICT2622 replaced INF207E. Students who have
VAR2602       Visual arts 2 (Visual Arts 2602)                                                passed INF206D or INF207E may not register for the new modules.
MHS3705       The sociology of music (Music in World Cultures Today 3705)
MCT328J       Music technology – digital audio (Music in World Cultures Today 328)            This level comprises the following 9 modules:
COM2036       Integrated organisational communication (Communication Science 2036)
INF2611*      Visual programming 2 (Information Systems 2611)                                 ICT2621       Structured systems analysis and design (Information Systems 2621)
TEX8216       Writing skills for the communications industry (Afrikaans 8216)                 ICT2622       Object-oriented analysis (Information Systems 2622)
                                                                                              COS2144       Programming: contemporary concepts (Computer Science 2144)
Students who have passed HIM307E may complete the second level without MCT3705.               COM2036       Integrated organisational communication (Communication Science 2036
* Only students who have completed INF1511 can register for INF2611. Students who did not,    VAR2601       Visual arts 1 (Visual Arts 211)
should register for INS2055, or INS2066 instead.                                              MCT328J       Music technology – digital audio (Music in World Cultures Today 328)
                                                                                              CST2601       Music technology – MIDI (Music in World Cultures Today 329)
THIRD LEVEL                                                                                   TEX8216       Writing skills for the communications industry (Afrikaans 8216)
This level comprises the following 7 modules:                                                 MNB1501       Business management 1A (Business Management 1501)

VAR3701       Visual arts 3 (Visual Arts 3701)                                                THIRD LEVEL
PAT3701       Professional Art Practice (Professional Art Practice 3701)                      This level comprises the following 8 modules:
MHS3704       Music in South Africa (Music in World Cultures Today 3704)
MHS2601       Musical entrepreneurship (Music in World Cultures Today 2601)                   INF3703       Principles of databases (Information Systems 3703)
CST2601       Music technology – MIDI (Music in World Cultures Today 2601)                    COS3705        Advanced systems development (Computer Science 3705)
COM304B       New media technology (Communication Science 304)                                INF3720       Human-computer interaction II (Information Systems 3720)
                                                                                              ARH314R       Popular visual culture (Art History 314)
plus 1 of the following modules:                                                              COM303A       Media studies: content, audiences and production (Communication Science
COM303A        Media studies: content, audiences and production (Communication Science                      303)
               303)                                                                           COM304B       New media technology (Communication Science 304)
INS2055        Exploring information user studies (Information Science 2055)                  VAR3701       Visual arts 3 (Visual Arts 3701)
INS2066        Investigating information ethics in the information era (Information Science   PAT3701       Professional Art Practice (Professional Art Practice 3701) practical
               2066)
INS3025        Information technology: Information Systems and information transfer
               (Information Science 3025)                                                     MULTIMEDIA IN DIGITAL VISUAL ARTS (02305 – MMD)
INS3702        Political economy of information (Information Science 3702)
                                                                                              FIRST LEVEL
                                                                                              This level comprises the following 8 modules:
COMPUTER-GENERATED MULTIMEDIA (02305 – MMC)
                                                                                              ARH1501       Visual literacy (Art History 1501)
FIRST LEVEL                                                                                   ARH1502       Art today (Art History 1502)
This level comprises the following 9 modules:                                                 EUP1501       End-user Computing (Practical) (Information Systems 1501)
                                                                                              COM1501       Fundamentals of communication (Communication Science 1501)
EUP1501       End-user Computing (Practical) (Information Systems 1501)                       FRM1501       Form and motion (Form and Motion 1501)
COS1511       Introduction to programming 1 (Computer Science 1511)                           MNB1501       Business management 1A (Business Management 1501)
INF1511       Visual programming 1 (Information Systems 1511)                                 MNB1601       Business management 1B (Business Management 1601)
INF1520       Human-computer interaction I (Information Systems 1520)                         TDM1501       Two-dimensional imaging (Two-dimensional Imaging 1501)
COS1521       Computer systems: fundamental concepts (Computer Science 1521)
COM1501       Fundamentals of communication (Communication Science 1501)                      SECOND LEVEL
TDM1501       Two-dimensional imaging (Two-dimensional imaging 1501)                          This level comprises the following 7 modules:
FRM1501       Form and motion (Form and Motion 1501)
                                                                                              ARH211K       Art and ideology 1 (Art History 211)
plus 1 of the following modules:                                                              ARH213M       Art theory and criticism 1 (Art History 213)
ARH1501        Visual literacy (Art History 1501)                                             COM2036       Integrated organisational communication (Communication Science 2036)
MHS2602        Music in society (Music in World Cultures Today 2602)                          GAR2601       Graphic processes (Graphic processes 2601)
COS1512        Introduction to programming 2 (Computer Science 1512)                          MNE202V       Introduction to entrepreneurship and small business management (Business
ENN101D        English Studies: Approaching literature and writing (English 101)                            Management 202)
ENN102E        English Studies: Explorations in reading and meaning (English 102)             VAR2601       Visual arts 1 (Visual Arts 2601)
                                                                                              VAR2602       Visual arts 2 (Visual Arts 2602)
SECOND LEVEL
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THIRD LEVEL                                                                                        HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS:
This level comprises the following 8 modules:
                                                                                                   Minimum hardware requirements:
ARH313Q        Art theory and criticism 2 (Art History 313)                                           • Pentium D (Dual core) or equivalent processor
ARH314R        Popular visual culture (Art History 314)
                                                                                                      • 2 GB RAM
ARH411R        Contemporary international art (Art History 411)
COM303A        Media studies: content, audiences and production (Communication Science                • 256MB graphics card memory
               303)                                                                                   • 200GB hard disk space
COM304B        New media technology (Communication Science 304)                                       • Scanner and/or digital still camera
MCT328J        Music technology – digital audio (Music in World Cultures Today 328)                   • DVD writer
PAT3701        Professional Art Practice (Professional Art Practice 3701)                             • 17” monitor with resolution of 1280x1024px or higher
VAR3701        Visual Arts 3 (Visual Arts 3701)                                                       • PAL or HD Digital video camera that captures to DV tapes (NOT directly to DVD)
                                                                                                      • Firewire cable and port
It is advised that students do not register for more than two practical modules at a time.            • Operating system – Windows XP or later or equivalent recent operating system
Recommended registrations for practical modules
                                                                                                   SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS:
First level:         TDM101-L and FRM101-5 plus own choice of theory modules prescribed
                     for the first year level. Students are strongly advised to attend both full   Students have the option to use the department’s computer equipment and software. This
                     workshops (2 X 4 days) per practical module at first level.                   option will require a pre-arranged booking with the Lab Assistant, Fabian Wargau, of the
                                                                                                   “Spacing”, our Sunnyside Campus Computer Lab.
Second level:        VAR211-D and VAR212-E plus own choice of theory modules (students
                     must realistically discern how many modules they will be able to handle).     First year level:
                     Students registered for the Multimedia in Digital Visual Arts (Degree
                     Code 02305 – MMD) must also register for GAR211A. Students                    Function                              Software Options
                     registered for the Computer Generated Stream (Degree Code 02305-              Vector illustration and layout        CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator and Indesign or
                     MC1) must only register for VAR211-D.                                                                               Adobe Freehand
                                                                                                   Raster image editing and digital      Adobe Photoshop is required. Optional extra –
Third level:         PMP311-Y and VAR311-G plus own choice of any number of theory                 painting                              Corel Painter.
                     modules
                                                                                                   Video editing and compositing         Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas Pro or Final Cut
UNISA multimedia students will have access to online technical tuition on the Internet (via                                              or Avid express. Optional, but highly
broadband [ISDN/ADSL/3G/HSDPA]) or on CD-Rom. The online and CD-Rom software tuition
                                                                                                                                         recommended for DVD authoring – Adobe
covers a wide range of graphic design, animation and video manipulation applications.
                                                                                                                                         Encore or Sony DVD architect or similar
                                                                                                   3D modelling and animation            3DS Max or Maya or Softimage XSI or Lightwave
                                                                                                                                         or Houdini or Cinema 4D. Optional modelling
                                                                                                                                         tools – Rhino, Luxology Modo, Pixologic Zbrush
                                                                                                   Audio manipulation                    Sony SoundForge, Steinberg Wavelab or Magix
                                                                                                                                         Samplitude (the Samplitude version SE is
                                                                                                                                         extremely good value and is available as a
                                                                                                                                         download – it includes very good compositional
                                                                                                                                         abilities and some MIDI). Optional composition
                                                                                                                                         software: FL Studio, Steinberg Cubase,
                                                                                                                                         Cakewalk Sonar, Steinberg Nuendo, Protools
                                                                                                   Media players                         You must be familiar with all major media player
                                                                                                                                         software; the following are must have’s:
                                                                                                                                         Quicktime, Windows Media Player, DivX. A very
                                                                                                                                         good free player that can play most formats and
                                                                                                                                         DVD’s is VLC media player
                                                                                                                                         (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)




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Second year level

Function                              Software Options                                                                                                            ATTACH 2
2D animation                          Adobe Flash (for vector based) or Adobe Director        DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY, VISUAL ARTS                              PASSPORT
                                      (can include some 3D elements) or Adobe                           AND MUSICOLOGY                                             PHOTOS
                                      Photoshop in conjunction with a video editor for
                                      painted/drawn frame-by-frame work. A useful free
                                      tool: Winmorph.                                                             SELECTION QUESTIONNAIRE
3D animation                          as listed under first year
                                      Macromedia Director (preferably the last           DATE OF APLICATION:
                                      versions), Macromedia Flash, Autodesk 3DS Max
                                                                                         UNISA STUDENT NO:

                                                                                         DEGREE YOU ARE APPLYING FOR:
Third year level
                                                                                         FULL NAMES AND SURNAME:
Function                              Software Options
Interactive animation                 Adobe Flash or Director
Advanced interactivity (for           VVVV (a free download from vvvv.org), Max/MSP      ID NUMBER
installations, etc.)                  jitter
Web design                            Adobe Dreamweaver                                  ARE YOU A SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN:
                                      Macromedia Flash and/or Director (preferably the
                                                                                         AGE:                                         F:        M:
                                      latest versions)
                                                                                         PHYSICAL ADDRESS
Please note that educational licences for almost every software package are available,
and this represents HUGE savings for all registered students. Contact Fabian Wargau,
wargafo@unisa.ac.za, for more information regarding the requirements and specific
educational software suppliers.

Students should get technical advice about hardware specifications from their local
authorised computer dealer.                                                              POSTAL ADDRESS




                                                                                         TEL (H):                                     TEL (W):

                                                                                         FAX:                                         CELL:

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                                                                                                    BY DOING THIS DEGREE YOU DO NOT QUALIFY TO APPLY FOR A STUDY PERMIT.

                                                                                          AGE GROUP         UNDER 20        20 – 30         30 – 40     40 – 50       OVER 50
                                                                                                             YEARS          YEARS           YEARS       YEARS          YEARS

                                                                                         HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY PREVIOUS       YES          NO         WHERE?
                                                                                         ART TRAINING?




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WHERE WILL YOU BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS THAT ARE HELD TWICE A SEMESTER?                             FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
                                                                                                           HOW IS VISUAL ARTS TAUGHT THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION?
         PRETORIA                     CAPE TOWN                                DURBAN
                                                                                                                1        Tutorial Letters
                                                                                                                Students will receive Tutorial Letters in which the course structure and objectives will be set
KEEPING IN MIND ALL YOUR PRESENT COMMITMENTS, HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU                                             out. In the first and second level modules projects are set on topics such as art and
REALISTICALLY THINK YOU COULD SPEND ON YOUR ART STUDIES PER WEEK?                                               material culture, art and the land, and art and the body. Please refer to your tutorial
                                                                                                                letters for further information regarding submission dates for projects/assignments. Projects
                                                                                                                are formulated to develop visual research skills and allow freedom of exploration. These
  LESS THAN 10          10 – 20 HOURS       20 – 30 HOURS         30 – 40 HOURS        MORE THAN 40             projects must be completed at home in the student’s own time and surroundings. In the
     HOURS                                                                               HOURS                  senior study years, i.e. the third and fourth study years, the emphasis is on professional
                                                                                                                practice and conceptualisation. Students may specialise in traditional modes of art-making
                                                                                                                like painting, sculpture and printmaking. In addition students may investigate video,
PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS IN FULL SENTENCES. THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS PART OF THE
SELECTION PROCESS.
                                                                                                                photography, ceramics, mixed media, computer graphics and areas of contemporary art-
                                                                                                                making such as installations, performance art, environmental and ecological art
Previous art experience, if any:                                                                                interventions as well as art in a public or social context.
                                                                                                                2        workshops
                                                                                                                Workshops for each module are compulsory. Tuition takes place via study material as well
                                                                                                                as workshops held in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. These workshops include
                                                                                                                demonstrations, slide lectures and assessment, as well as lectures and field trips, visits to
                                                                                                                galleries, and other institutions and are aimed at conceptual and practical problem solving.
                                                                                                                Two contact sessions per module are scheduled per year.

                                                                                                           HOW ARE PRACTICAL SUBJECTS EXAMINED THROUGH ODL?
                                                                                                                Each module ends with an exam presentation in the form of a portfolio of work. Students
Why do you want to do the degree, what do you expect from the course and how will you use your training?        submit the stipulated work (individually stipulated by each module) for the
                                                                                                                October/November exam assessment in the form of an exhibition, which might include a
                                                                                                                multimedia on-screen work. Exam papers and affidavits are sent to students and practical
                                                                                                                exams take place at home in the student’s own studio in the form of an extended portfolio.
                                                                                                                Affidavits must be completed in duplicate and signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. The one
                                                                                                                affidavit must be sent to Me Zelda de Villiers of the Exam Department at Unisa and the
                                                                                                                other affidavit must be presented with the exam work.

                                                                                                           DOES IT MATTER THAT I HAVE NEVER STUDIED ART BEFORE?
                                                                                                                 It does not matter if you have never studied art previously. Entrance to the degree is
What do you understand about art today, contemporary art or new developments in art? Even if you do not          granted on your matric exemption and the submission of a portfolio of works that you have
know much about art today, please explain what you think art is, what media artists use, where you can           created and the completion of a short questionnaire. Portfolios are assessed on an
see/find art, etc.                                                                                               individual basis and should your application be successful, you will be issued with a letter of
                                                                                                                 permission from the Department. Please note that we have many successful student who
                                                                                                                 have no previous art training. Prospective students must keep in mind that they will have to
                                                                                                                 attend at least 2 days of both workshops for each of the modules for which they are
                                                                                                                 registered. However, students are strongly advised to attend all workshops in full presented
                                                                                                                 for their particular modules as these are important modes of tuition. Additionally students
                                                                                                                 are required to submit ALL projects/assignments for each of the modules for which they are
                                                                                                                 registered.

PLEASE RETURN THIS COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE, WITH YOUR PORTFOLIO AND PASSPORT                               WHERE WILL I DO MY PRACTICAL WORK?
PHOTOGRAPHS TO:                                                                                                All Practical work will be completed in the students own space at home. It is up to students
                                                                                                               to find a quiet place where they can work on their projects
        Fihliwe Ndala                                        Katya Venter
        Department of Art History, Visual Arts and           Department of Art History, Visual Arts and    WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER WITH MY.UNISA?
        Musicology                                           Musicology                                         myUNISA was developed to improve communication between lecturers and learners. You
        Sunnyside campus, 12C room 1-08                      Sunnyside campus, 12C room 1-32
                                                                                                                can access administrative information such as biographical details, academic and
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        012 429 6798                                         012 429 6807
                                                                                                                assignment records, examination results and dates, and financial records. Academic
        E-mail: ndalafs@unisa.ac.za                          E-mail: venteea@unisa.ac.za                        information comprises courseware, subject-related academic guidance, discussion groups,
                                                                                                                recommended books and more.

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HOW WILL I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH OTHER STUDENTS / LECTURERS?                                                        •   The lecturer is not limited to viewing the final artwork only; he/she is involved with the
     The my.unisa website will function as the initial point of contact between you and your                         development of the whole project. Recurring mistakes can be obviated.
     lecturers and fellow students. Additionally when you attend the workshop sessions you will                  •   Lectures will be directed towards the development and the structuring of creative
     personally meet many other students that you can then arrange to be in contact with.                            processes.
     Lecturers will be available telephonically and via email during office hours, and should the                •   By working together, a stimulating spirit and a sense of identification with other
     need arise you may make an appointment to meet directly with your course lecturer.                              students, lecturers and courses, will evolve. Students will learn from mutual contact and
     For details on how to sign up with my.unisa, please go to:                                                      discover that they have common problems. The feeling of working in isolation will be
     https://my.unisa.ac.za/cmsys/myUnisa/myLifeJoinActivate.html                                                    minimised.
                                                                                                                 •   Opportunities will be provided for individual discussion of your work and projects. This
HOW MANY MODULES CAN I DO EACH YEAR?                                                                                 critique and assessment of your work from lecturers and fellow students will be
     The number of module that you do each year depends on how many hours you will be able                           invaluable in determining your progress.
     to dedicate to you studies on a weekly basis. Keep in mind that you will need to spend 10 –                 •   Technical problems can be more easily discussed and resolved in a workshop situation.
     15 hours per week, minimum, on each practical module that you register for. We do not                       •   Regular attendance at workshops can provide a necessary adjunct to a practical and
     recommend doing more than two practical modules in your first year of study.                                    creative learning structure, achieving a balance between independent development and
                                                                                                                     direct tuition.
HOW MUCH DOES STUDYING THROUGH UNISA COST?
     Study fees at Unisa are calculated by the number and type of modules that you register for           HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH SUBJECTS I SHOULD REGISTER FOR?
     and not a set annual fee. An estimate of your study fees can be obtained from the following:              When the department issues you with a permission letter, we will recommend which
     https://registration.unisa.ac.za/info/                                                                    practical modules you register for. This is based on several factors such as level of
                                                                                                               competency and time available for study. This is only a recommendation so should you feel
WHAT MATERIALS WILL I NEED?                                                                                    like you would like to do fewer modules it is your choice. Remember however that you have
     You will receive a list of the art-making materials that you will need for each module in the             a time limit of ten (10) years in which to complete the degree. You need to decide how
     101 tutorial letters. Please note that this list is not prescriptive and you are allowed to               many theory module you will be able to do in conjunction with the practical modules.
     experiment with other materials as and when directed. Additionally, it is always worth                    However, please feel free to discuss this with one of our staff. Keep in mind that you will
     ‘shopping around’ for materials as you often find items cheaper at a hardware store than                  gain so much more from this programme if you don’t rush through it.
     you will at an art or stationery shop.
                                                                                                          I’M TRANSFERRING FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY/TECHNICON, WHAT PROCEEDURES
CAN I STUDY FROM OVERSEAS?                                                                                MUST I FOLLOW?
      It is possible to study this degree from overseas; however there will be more obstacles that              Students transferring from other universities will still be required to submit a portfolio of
      you will have to deal with. Since you won’t be attending all the workshops there is teaching              work for assessment. Please contact the department to make an appointment with one of
      that you will miss. Also it will be your responsibility to ensure that you practical work arrives         the discipline heads.
      via post / courier at the department at least a week prior to the commencement of the
      workshop session. Your work will then be assessed and you will receive written feedback.            IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET CREDITS TOWARDS THIS DEGREE FROM MODULES THAT I HAVE
      Please Make sure you always contact your course co-ordinator to make prior arrangements             ALREADY COMPLETED?
      for sending your portfolios.                                                                               Please contact the academic registrar to find out which modules you may obtain credits for
                                                                                                                 and how to go about applying for the transfer of credits.
WHAT MUST I INCLUDE IN MY PORTFOLIO?
     You need to have at least 4 drawings (pen, pencil, charcoal etc) and 4 paintings. These can          WILL I NEED MY OWN CAMERA’S AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT?
     be new works that you create now, or they can be selected from work you have already                 Yes, you will need your own equipment.
     done, provided it was completed within the last two years.
                                                                                                          WHAT CARREERS WILL BE OPEN TO ME ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED THIS DEGREE?
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY PORTFOLIO?                                                                                  You will be equipped with skills in order to practice in the under-mentioned specific
To submit your Portfolio via Email:                                                                            professions, amongst others:
      Once you have completed your four drawing and four paintings, scan the work or take                                 • professional artist                           • community art specialist
      digital photographs. Compete the questionnaire in full. This questionnaire can also be
                                                                                                                          • curator / art critic                          • art journalist/ art archivist
      downloaded from the department website. Email the questionnaire, images of your artworks
                                                                                                                          • art administrator                             • museum guide / art
      and passport photos to Katya Venter on Ventea@unisa.ac.za Please put the following in
      the subject line: Portfolio Application (Student Number) Please make sure the email not                             • gallery manager/assistant                        educator
      bigger than 2mb.                                                                                                    • corporate art advisor                         • subject librarian
To submit your Portfolio via post or courier:                                                                             • art tour guide                                • art data base specialist
      Once you have completed your four drawing and four paintings, Make colour copies of                                 • multimedia artist                             • sound artist
      photographs of the work. Compete the questionnaire in full. This questionnaire can also be                          • video artist                                  • animator
      downloaded from the department website. Courier the questionnaire, images of your
      artworks and passport photos to Fihliwe Ndala (see address above)

WHY DO I HAVE TO ATTEND WORKSHOPS?
     Workshop sessions will provide solutions to several problems, for example:

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