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What Subjects are Needed to Study Fine Arts in South African Universities?

On this page, we explore what High School subjects are needed or required to study Fine Arts in South African Universities and Colleges? We also look at what APS Score is required for Fine Arts Degree and Diploma courses. You should know that every learning institution, internationally or locally, will have its own set of requirements for Fine Arts studies.

What Fine Arts Career is all about

Fine art is something created for aesthetic or intellectual purposes. It differs from decorative arts or crafts, that while beautiful serve a practical purpose. Fine art might be beautiful or convey ideas and emotions, but it has no other purpose than to be art.

List of subject required to study Fine Arts courses

Well, let us explore what subjects are required in order to study Fine Arts in South African Universities and Colleges.

There are no specific High School subjects that are required to study in this field. You just need to meet the minimum APS score in the University you are going to study at. However, the following subjects needed and essential for the curriculum: English Home Language, or English First or Second Additional Language, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.

What is the APS Score for Fine Arts

In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Fine Arts, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 23- 26. APS score is determined by the Grade 12 marks or results. It is also good to know that Universities and Colleges may use your Grade 11 marks if you applied before your matric results came out.

The minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate?

The minimum requirements are:

  • Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three subjects.
  • Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

Correct Subject Choice is Important

When it comes to subject choices, every learner should ensure that their subject choice (from Grade 10 already) will lead them in pursuing the careers they want.

The subject choice at the end of Grade 9, or Grade 10 according to The Department of Education, could determine the field of study learners can follow once they complete school. In other words, if learners do not select the correct combination of subjects, they could find themselves unable to enter into certain higher or further education programmes. So when making this important subject choice, learners should consider their options for when they complete school and select accordingly.

How much does it cost to study Fine Arts?

Although every learning institution will have its own fees structure and costing, studying Fine Arts courses can range from R15 000 to R60 000 per annum. It is always advisable for learners to contact the institution they want to learn at in order to confirm the study fees amounts for the year.

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