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One of the hardest choices in your life may be choosing a career. We focus on a few interesting career opportunities:

Studying BSc (Mathamatical Statistics)

Statistics is a science of collecting, analysing and summarising data. It involves computer programming skills, mathematical thinking and the ability to make sense from information. Statisticians are needed across many professions, such as actuaries, economists, biologists, engineers and marketing executives. It is said that statistics makes information matter. We believe: “Statistics is the app for everything.” Students are expected to have a knack for problem solving, with special emphasis on numerical interests and software programming abilities. Verbal and written communication skills are preeminent within the field. Statistics is a scarce skill profession. Joining the profession offers endless job opportunities and career satisfaction by solving real life problems.


Description of the programme

The BSc (Mathematical Statistics) programme is offered over a period of three years on a full-time basis. Students who have successfully completed their undergraduate programme have the option to register for an honours degree in Mathematical Statistics. Subsequently, master’s and doctoral degrees can be obtained.


Career opportunities

  • Large companies require statisticians and data scientists to make sense of large sets of consumer information, to increase their yearly revenues and to make informed decisions about their consumers.
  • Google analytics use statistics to track internet users to generate leads for their recommended engines.
  • Movement information captured by cell phones is used by statistical predictive models to predict traffic congestion and suggest fastest routes.
  • Statisticians make use of statistical methodologies to detect fraud, assist with credit-related portfolios and also forecast financial economic trends.
  • Health insurance companies employ statisticians to study lifestyle behaviour to improve health-care plans in South Africa.
  • Retail companies study their customer satisfaction and customer experience using statistical models.
  • Spatial statistics can provide useful information about climate changes, crime hot spots and rhino poaching geographical maps.
  • Statisticians advise animal scientists on the factors affecting animal nutrition and genetic breeding models.
  • Government employs statisticians to understand how population demographics, health risks and other factors influence sustainable development programmes.



What is the difference between BA (Fine Arts), BA (Information Design) and BA (Visual Studies)?

If you think you'd like to make a living through art and design, keep reading for a look at three degree programmes offered by the University of Pretoria that could bring you closer to your dream job.

Note: The closing date for application for admission to BA (Fine Arts) and BA (Information Design) is 30 June 2017.

BA (Fine Arts)

What does the programme entail?
BA (Fine Arts) covers a broad spectrum of professional art practices. The two majors of the degree are the studio-based component of art practice, Fine Arts (BKK), and Professional Art Practice (VIT) and a theoretical subject, Visual Culture Studies (VKK). BA (Fine Arts) is a four-year programme that incorporates training in the disciplines of art practice such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, new media and photography. Once fundamental aspects of these disciplines are mastered, increasingly more challenging goals are set that often require inter- and multidisciplinary skills and knowledge, such as installation art, public art and performance art. The role played by multimedia in the form of projections, video and digital art has also become a major form of expression in the fine arts programme. The first two years of BKK entail compulsory projects in various media; the third year focuses on personal development of medium, context and content; and in the fourth year, students work towards their first professional exhibition with all the theoretical, professional and practical skills that are associated with an exhibition of good academic quality. The subject Professional Art Practice (VIT) is a three-year subject that is offered within the BA (Fine Arts) programme. This subject focuses on the interdependence and interrelationship of the visual arts and industry. Students are given projects that draw their attention to the spaces and situations of their environment including community-based projects, such as public art projects. During the final year (fourth year) a theory module is presented (VKK) highlighting current theoretical research discourses. For this a research paper is prepared and presented.

Core modules
Two studio practice subjects: Fine Arts and Professional Art Practice, as well as a theory subject, Visual Culture Studies

Elective modules
A language, Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy or Religion Studies

Postgraduate studies
The following postgraduate options are available:

  • MA Fine Arts (options in Advanced research in Fine Arts: Dissertation, Creative production or Curatorial practice)
  • MA in Visual Studies
  • DPhil Fine Arts (options in Advanced research in Fine Arts: Thesis, Creative production or Curatorial practice)
  • PhD in Visual Studies

The minimum admission requirements for BA (Fine Arts):


BA (Information Design)

What does the programme entail?
Information design is a career with unusual and challenging opportunities. The successful information designer (visual communication designer) is a professional, highly qualified person who plays a vital role in creating the contemporary visual, spatial and digital environment. A skilled designer can convey meaningful and powerful messages in a variety of media to a range of people.

The functions of information design can be broadly defined in terms of the following four intentions:

  • Establish visual identities for people, organisations or products.
  • Visually inform, direct, explain, describe and educate.
  • Persuade people to change their behaviours.
  • Create an entertaining, aesthetic or intriguing experience.  Information designers execute projects in three types of media: print, ambient and screen-based media.
  • Typical design applications include:
  • Corporate identity and branding
  • Editorial design and copywriting
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Design for social development
  • Imaging and visualisation
  • Broadcast, film and animation
  • Information visualisation
  • Photography
  • Web design

Graduates will leave the programme with confidence and a versatility that will enable them to establish themselves in any of the above areas of professional practice. They can expect to be knowledgeable about current developments in professional practice and to be sensitive to how design can impact society and bring about social change.

Core modules
The core modules consist of two studio practice subjects: Information Design, and Imaging and Visualisation, as well as a theory subject, Visual Culture Studies.

  • Postgraduate studies
    MA Information Design or Visual Studies
  • PhD Information Design or Visual Studies
  • DPhil in History of Art


The minimum admission requirements for BA (Information Design):


BA (Visual Studies)

What does the programme entail?
We are confronted with the visual everywhere: on billboards, TV screens, in cinemas, magazines, newspapers, on the internet, fashion, architecture and in malls. We do not necessarily see more than previous generations (although there is probably more to see), but it is rather a case that we ask different questions about what we see and experience than before. Visual Studies as programme, and Visual Culture Studies as the main subject, enable students to explore the various exciting forms of visual images that surround them on a daily basis. The aim is to promote critical skills by offering direction in the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of various aspects of visual culture, both in a historical and contemporary context. The programme deals with theoretical issues, and students do not need artistic talent to study the course.

Core modules
The core module of this programme consists of Visual Culture Studies.

Elective modules
The elective modules offer a choice between subjects such as anthropology, history, political science, religion studies, drama and film studies, language, heritage and cultural tourism, philosophy, marketing and information science.

Postgraduate studies

  • BAHons in Visual Studies
  • MA in Visual Studies
  • PhD in Visual Studies
  • DPhil in History of Art 

Minimum admission requirements for BA (Visual Studies):




Considering a career in education?

A career in education is not only challenging and rewarding, but also crucial for the growth and development of the nation. In order to prepare teachers, educational psychologists, managers and policy-makers for this huge challenge, the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria offers qualifications that are both innovative and relevant. Students are equipped to face new challenges when practising the profession. Few careers are as rewarding as education, and there is no better place to embark on your future career than at the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. Exciting undergraduate programmes for teacher training are offered.  

Undergraduate programmes offered at the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria

BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching) – Pre-primary to Grade 3
BEd (Intermediate Phase Teaching) – Grades 4 to 6
BEd (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching) – Grades 7 to 12

Click here for information about careers and admission requirements for the above undergraduate programmes 



Enquiries may be forwarded to: 

Ms Melinda Joubert
Academic Administration
Telephone: + 27 12 420 5590
Fax: + 27 12 420 5933
Email: [email protected]


At a crossroads in your life and in need of career advice?

Click here for information about careers and admission requirements to study BSc (Quantity Surveying) at the University of Pretoria.

►Click here for information about a mobile platform that according to Investec, one of our JT sponsors, enables real time chats between facilitators and learners about subject selection, career guidance and opportunities post matric.

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Are you intrigued by Physiology, Genetics and Psychology?
►Click here to read more about the BSc (Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology) programme

What on earth is Informatics? 

►Click here to read more about Informatics, a relatively unknown field and a ‘scarce skills degree’. 

Maxillofacial prosthodontics is a speciality of dentistry that deals with the rehabilitation of patients’ defects of the head and neck region. Please click on the link below to read more on this project:

► Maxillofacial prosthodontic project


Are you interested in Psychology? Please click on the link below to read more:

► Psychology offers many fascinating study opportunities

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► BSc (Real Estate)


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