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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 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.




Monday, 11 December 2017
Michaelis 2017 Graduate Exhibition

The Director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, alongside its staff and graduating students, invites you to attend the 2017 Graduate Exhibition: A celebratory event that seeks to showcase the art, research and work of these aspiring creatives, artists and cultural workers. The exhibition, curated from the final body of works made this year, is an opportunity for the university’s space to be opened up and for students to share this part of their artistic careers with the public.

Publication Date:
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:45
Tierney Joint Critique Sessions


On 19 and 20 October 2017/18 Tierney Fellow from Michaelis and alumnus, CJ Chandler attended the Tierney Fellowship workshops in Johannesburg at the Market Photo Workshops (MPW) with his mentor, where CJ (UCT) Akona Kenqu (Wits) and Tshepiso Mazibuko (MPW) presented their work. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:15
Kyu Sang Lee wins a Celeste Prize

Michaelis alumnus, Kyu Sang Lee has won the Celeste Prize for Photography & Digital Graphics for his work 'The Festival of Insignificance’. This is a great achievement as Kyu's work was selected from more than eighteen hundred applications across the globe. With an a committee of jurors composed of curators and writers working actively and independently across Europe and South America, Kyu was selected initially for the shortlist in the category of Photography and Digital Media, the category he eventually won.  

Publication Date:
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:00
Third Year Photography Field Trip

The 3rd year photography class went on their annual field trip recently. We went a bit closer to home this year and caught the train to Simonstown, where students were collected by staff and taken to our accommodation above Boulders. 

Publication Date:
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 13:45