University of Namibia (UNAM) Fashion Studies

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University of Namibia (UNAM) Department of Visual and Performing Arts – Fashion Studies

About the Department

The Department of visual and Performing Arts in the Faculty of Humanities and social Sciences builds knowledge and practical skills in Music, Drama and Visual Arts. Subjects taught in the department range from acquiring knowledge and strengthening skills in Music performance, Dance, Video production, music technology, acting, directing, stage crafts, stage directing, script development, painting, sculpting, fashion design, ceramics and photography. 

The Department offers courses that are part of the BA Honours degree in the Faculty of Humanities and social Sciences, as well as the Faculty of Education. Students registered in the department may major in any one of the three sections in the department, namely Music, drama or Visual Arts. Each section in the department also offers a Diploma as well as a Master’s degree and the possibility of doctoral studies. 

Introduction:

Visual Arts

The University of Namibia’s BA degree programme which allows students to take a Visual Arts major complementary to other humanities and social science subjects is unique in the region.

The appeal of this option and of the market related emphasis in the Visual Arts Curricula is demonstrated by the increasing number of students from throughout the SADC region choosing to register for Visual Arts courses in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

The curricula are structured in such a way that they provide students with the opportunity to grow creatively and academically towards obtaining a qualification for future employment.

Fashion Studies

Fashion Studies as an ‘applied art’ subject promotes an entrepreneurial focus, training fashion designers for the Namibian fashion industry.

By the end of their study in Fashion Studies students should be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills to the solution of design problems in their chosen field
  • Demonstrate understanding of local business requirements in their chosen field
  • Demonstrate the capacity to make professional judgements and take appropriate decisions

Modules:

Year 1, Semester 1
Principles of Design (if not choosen in another subject)
Visual Literacy and Drawing (if Principles of Design choosen in another subject)
Year 1, Semester 2
Principles of Design (if not choosen in another subject)
Visual Literacy and Drawing (if Principles of Design choosen in another subject)
Year 2, Semester 1
Fashion Studies
Textiles and Fashion Basics (if Textile Studies not choosen as subject)
Visual Articulation and Drawing (if Textile Studies choosen as subject, alternatively to Introdution to Photography)
Year 2, Semester 2
Fashion Studies
Textiles and Fashion Basics (if Textile Studies not choosen as subject)
Visual Articulation and Drawing (if Textile Studies choosen as subject, alternatively to Introdution to Photography)
Introdution to Photography (if Textile Studies choosen as subject, alternatively to Visual Articulation and Drawing)
Year 3, Semester 1
Fashion Studies
Research Methods for Visual Arts (as 1. Major Subject)
Business for Visual Arts (as 2. Major Subject)
Year 3, Semester 2
Fashion Studies
Research Methods for Visual Arts (as 1. Major Subject)

Year 4, as 1. major subject
Fashion Studies: Studio Research
Research Project: Fashion Studies
Fashion Studies: Exhibition and Presentation
Fashion Studies: Industry-related Commission

Year 4, as 2. major subject
Fashion Studies: Studio Research for Second Major
Fashion Studies: Exhibition and Presentation
Fashion Studies: Industry-related Commission

UNAM Fashion Studies Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Degree Programmes

Subject to Faculty Special Regulations, the normal basic requirement for entrance to undergraduate degree programmes shall be a Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC), provided that the candidate has passed five subjects normally in not more than three examination sittings with a minimum of 25 points on the UNAM Evaluation Scale, or passed the UNAM Foundation programme with at least a C-average. The following will be taken into consideration when computing the point scores:

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  1. The score will be calculated by adding together the points of the best five subjects only
  2. One of the five subjects must be English; English is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained at NSSC (English as a Second Language) grade C or better, or at NSSC (English as a First Language) grade D or better.
  3. Should a specific subject be a prerequisite for entry to a faculty, that subject must also be one of the five subjects counted.

Candidates with a 2 year diploma (equivalent to 240 NQA credits) from a recognized institution may be granted admission to an undergraduate degree programme, provided that the minimum entry requirement to the diploma was at least 22 points in five subjects on the UNAM Evaluation Scale with English as a Second Language grade D or better.

Diploma Programmes

Subject to Faculty Special Regulations, the normal basic requirement for entrance to undergraduate diploma programmes shall be a Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC), provided that the candidate has passed five subjects normally in not more than three examination sittings with a minimum of 22 points on the UNAM Evaluation Scale. The following will be taken into consideration when computing the point scores:

  1. The score will be calculated by adding together the points of the best five subjects only
  2. One of the five subjects must be English; English is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained at NSSC (English as a Second Language) grade D or better
  3. Should a specific subject be a prerequisite for entry to a faculty, that subject must also be one of the five subjects counted.

Certificate Programmes

Subject to Faculty Special Regulations, the normal basic requirement for entrance to undergraduate certificate programmes shall be a Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC), provided that the candidate has passed five subjects normally in not more than three examination sittings with a minimum of 17 points on the UNAM Evaluation Scale. The following will be taken into consideration when computing the point scores:

  1. The score will be calculated by adding together the points of the best five subjects only
  2. One of the five subjects must be English; English is a compulsory subject and should normally be obtained at NSSC (English as a Second Language) grade E or better.
  3. Should a specific subject be a prerequisite for entry to a faculty, that subject must also be one of the five subjects counted.

General Information

Other school-leaving qualifications may be accepted on their own merit as alternatives, and will be evaluated according to Regulation 7.3.1 (1)/(2) [GENERAL REGULATIONS PROSPECTUS 2014].

Places will be awarded on the basis of merit. Therefore the possession of a Certificate with the minimum score does not necessarily guarantee admission. Entrance is based upon places available within the faculties.

Faculty admission requirements are prescribed by each faculty. Prospective students must acquaint themselves with the faculty admission requirements as stipulated by the respective Faculty Special Regulations. Such requirements may include an admission test.

The University of Namibia reserves the right to interview candidates before admission.

Subject Convenor

Mr. Caley

+ 264 61 206 3747

mcaley@unam.na

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CONTACT INFORMATION

(+264) 61 206 3111(+264) 61 206 3199info@unam.na

University of Namibia
Private Bag 13301
Windhoek, Namibia

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