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Application information by degree:

Prospective students may drop off portfolios at the UCT admissions office on middle campus in Rondebosch.
Undergraduate Portfolios are due before the 31 August 2020 for study in the year 2021.

When submitting your portfolio, please ensure that you also submit your UCT general application form to the Admissions Office.
Students must have applied to central admissions at UCT before the 31 July 2020.

Potential students submitting portfolios should NOT include original work that they need for assessments and examinations in October / November / December, as the portfolios will only be returned in late January. We cannot return work until the portfolio process is completely resolved.

First year applications (2021)


Applicants must submit the following:

  • A portfolio of recent work combined in a single PDF file, not exceeding 20MB file size, on a CD; flash disk or via email to admissions.fineart@uct.ac.za
  • 4 original drawings
  • A statement of motivation (250-500 words)


The portfolio must include no more than 10 individual works in a range of media including colour (10 works and optional 3 detail images). Each artwork must be labeled in the following format: Number Image; Surname; Title; Date of production; Size (cm); media

The following criteria will be taken into account when assessing the portfolio:

  • Creative thinking
  • Observational skills
  • Experimentation

This work including your name, title of each work and medium used must be submitted in a single PDF file, not exceeding 20MB file size, on a CD or Flashdisk; Please check that your CD or Flashdisk is working and is formatted to be read on all computers (MAC and PC) BEFORE submitting it with the rest of the portfolio. Do not adhere stickers to the CD. If you are unable to submit a digital portfolio, please ensure that your work is on paper and no larger than A3 (30 x 42 cm)


You are required to submit 4 original A3 size (420mm x 297mm) drawings on paper in at least two different media such as pencil, charcoal, pen or brush. These drawing must be from life and NOT from photographs or traced and must include the following:

  • Self portrait
  • Still life
  • Figure or animal study
  • Architectural or landscape study

All work must be clearly labeled (printed) on the reverse side of the drawing and packed flat between two sheets of card in standard C3 size envelope (458mm x 324mm) available from any stationers or Postnet.


The statement (250-500 words) must motivate why you want to study Fine Art, and indicate your future goals.
The committee reserves the right to call the candidate for an interview should the need arise.

No correspondence shall be entered into regarding your application. Incomplete portfolios will be a disadvantage to your application. Portfolios MUST include the Portfolio Submission Form, (if you did not receive one, you can download it here).

All portfolios must be sent to

The Secretary
The Michaelis School of Fine Art
Hiddingh Campus
31-37 Orange Street

Collection of Portfolios

Please note that we do not return any portfolios by post or courier. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to keep their portfolios must arrange to collect them from the Secretary’s office, Room 1, Michaelis building, Hiddingh Campus by 28 February. We reserve the right to dispose of portfolios that are not collected. Successful applicants can collect their portfolios in the first week of term or during orientation week.