BA Information Design application and selection procedure

Minimum requirements for admission

  • National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification
  • An Admission Point Score (APS) of at least 30
  • Art as a school subject is NOT a requirement.
  • At least 60% for English language (home or first additional).

Kindly click here to access the undergraduate faculty brochure for detailed information.


Step 1: Application at UP

UP applications for the year 2022 open on 1 May 2021. You must apply online. The closing date for UP applications for BA Information Design is 31 July 2021.

Step 2: Application at Information Design

The BA Information Design degree entails a selection process. 

Questionnaire and portfolio submission:

  • You will be required to complete an online ID selection form, which consists of question sections and an online portfolio selection.
  • The online ID selection form requires you to answer questions about yourself, including education, personal interests and achievements, motivation for study, etc.
  • The online ID selection form will facilitate the uploading of 8 mandatory portfolio pieces, which comprises 1 x original drawing from observation, 1 x original photograph, and 6 x additional work. The online ID selection form provides detailed information about the format and content of the portfolio requirements.
  • The deadline for submission is 31 July 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

Please refer to the Selection Procedure document, as well as the Selection Criteria document, in the downloads section below for more information.

Step 3: Interview video and selection test

You will be notified in August via email whether you meet the requirements of the merit selection process for BA Information Design. If so, you qualify to continue to the third and final step of the selection process. You will receive an email with details to record a short interview video and complete a test that examines your ability to think laterally, visualise ideas, interpret visual images and communicate ideas in written form. 

If you do not hear from us via email by 17 August 2021, you can assume that you do not qualify for the final round of the selection process; this means that you will not be eligible to submit an interview video and selection test.

General Information
General information for prospective students is available on the UP website or contact the Student Service Centre at (012) 420-3111.

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