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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.



Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Michaelis galleries closed until further notice

Due to construction on campus The Michaelis Galleries are closed until further notice. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 20 Jun 2019 - 01:45
The Botswana Pavilion - No Return is an exhibition featuring Michaelis students.

The Botswana Pavillion - No Return is an exhibition featuring a selection of works from four Botswana artists; Thero Makepe, Kim Karabo Makin, LegakwanaLeo Makgekgenene and Thebe Phetogo.

Publication Date:
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 10:30
Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz became the first scholar to hold the Tanner-Opperman Chair of African Art
Art historian Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz studies the rich visual culture of the ancient Kongo kingdom, uncovering beauty, resiliency, and identity.
Publication Date:
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 14:30
Third Year Photographic Field Trip 2019

In the first week of May The 3rd year photography majors went on the annual Photographic Field trip with their lecturers Jean Brundrit and Svea Josephy.

Publication Date:
Mon, 06 May 2019 - 11:30