Michaelis is staffed by some of South Africa’s leading fine artists, curators and art academics. Internationally, the school is recognised as one of South Africa’s foremost institutions for the study of fine art and new media at an advanced level.
Visual and Art History is a six-course major available to students in the Humanities Faculty studying towards a BA degree. The courses provide an opportunity to study both the history of the fine arts and the history of other key visual traditions and cultures, including architecture, interior and industrial design and dress.
The Honours programme in curatorship is offered in close collaboration with Iziko Museums.
The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds.
Painter and photographer Janet Solomon has long been engaged with environmental concerns in her artistic practice. Best known for her Green Screen exhibition which travelled South Africa (2014 -2016) she is interested in the politics of nature representation and the limits of visualising the nonhuman. Seeking greater visibility for her concerns Solomon has recently turned her eye to cinematic film and made her first documentary Becoming Visible.
Emeritus Professor Bruce Murray Arnott passed away in Cape Town on Friday 20 July, just short of his 80th birthday. He was a formidable sculptor and academic, who taught at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT between 1978 and his retirement in 2003, and continued his association as a postgraduate supervisor and examiner.