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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.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

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.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

The Honours Programme in Curatorship is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art and hosted by the Centre for Curating the Archive in close collaboration with Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

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.



Monday, 21 January 2019
Photography technician Sitaara Stodel and other alumni Jake Singer and Kyu Sang Lee to feature at Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Stodel, Lee and Singer’s work will appear on a section of the Cape Town Art Fair called Analogue/Digital. According to the organisers the works will be exploring the effects of the digital world on our lived realities and on artistic practice.

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 - 10:30
Michaelis Graduate Show 2018

View the Michaelis Gradshow 2018 Virtual Tour here

Publication Date:
Tue, 27 Nov 2018 - 10:45
Sethembile Msezane is part of the annual LagosPhoto Festival

Michaelis alumna, Sethimbile Msezane is taking part in the prestigious LagosPhoto. Msezane majored in Photography at Michaelis before going on to complete a MFA at the school in 2017. For more see http://www.lagosphotofestival.com/news/article/lagosphoto-2018---time-has-gone and http://www.lagosphotofestival.com/festival-information/photographers

Publication Date:
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 - 19:15
Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize

Michaelis alumna, Alice Mann recently won the prestigious Taylor Wessing photographic competition. Alice, who specialised in photography while at Michaelis, will be exhibiting her photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 - 10:15