The Bachelor of Art in Music Foundation programme is offered at the Howard College Campus. It caters to students from disadvantaged educational backgrounds, redressing past inequalities, and for those with no formal musical training. The programme offers students with low matric points and from schools (categorised by the Department of Basic Education as quintile 1, 2 or 3 schools) located in under-resourced and disadvantaged communities to study at UKZN. The foundation programme is also for those who have not studied music at school but show promise as performers. They may have enough matric points to go directly into the degree but do not have sufficient formal training to cope at the university level straight away.
The Bachelor of Art in Music Foundation programme extends over a minimum of eight semesters (4 years) of full-time registration, at the end of which students who have completed all the required modules graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. The programme includes four core introductory courses in the first year: Foundational Practical Studies; Foundational Performance Skills; Introduction to Music Fundamentals; and Introduction to Academic English Reading and Writing. Students must pass all of the foundation courses before continuing to follow the standard Bachelor of Art in Music.
Selection criteria: The Bachelor of Art in Music Foundation programme is intended for students from disadvantaged schools (categorised by the Department of Education as quintile 1, 2, or 3 schools) and those with no prior formal musical training. A minimum of 24 matric points is required to be eligible to apply. A student must indicate this degree