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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.



Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Technical Officer Sitaara Stodel holds successful solo exhibition at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Visitors to the Cape Town Art Fair this weekend (14-17th February 2019) were impressed by Sitaara Stodel’s solo exhibition representing SMITH gallery. This installation comprised a number of collages, video and photographs dealing with the artists ongoing investigation into home, land and identity. The Photo Section and the Michaelis School of Fine Art could not be prouder and celebrate Sitaara’s success.

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 - 10:00
Tierney Fellowship workshops at Michaelis

Michaelis School of Fine Art hosted the Tierney Fellowship workshops on 7 and 8 February 2019. The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by the Tierney Family Foundation to encourage promising artists in the arena of photography. The principal objective of the Fellowship is to find the future leaders in photography and to support them in conquering the challenges that an artist faces at the beginning of his or her career.

Publication Date:
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 - 22:15
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