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.
Visiting lecturer form Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshops, Mack Magagane and Michaelis staff Sitaara Stodel and Svea Josephy, took the second year photography students on a walking photography tour of the city this week, looking for inspiration for Mack’s “Invisible Cities” project.
The annual Tierney Fellowship workshops were held at Michaelis in February. Our colleagues from Market Photo Workshops and WITS came to Cape Town and our invited guests were artists Pieter Hugo and Jo Ratcliffe and academics Dr Nomusa Makubu (from UCT Art History and Discourse of Art) and Prof Adam Haupt (UCT, Film and Media Studies).