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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, 22 January 2018
Bisi Silva in conversation with Sean O’Toole

Press release – Bisi Silva in conversation with Sean O’Toole, on the occasion of the opening of El Anatsui’s Meyina at Iziko South African National Gallery on Saturday 17th February 2018

Publication Date:
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 20:45
Michaelis Prizes and Awards for 2017

These are the prizewinners for the academic year of 2017. These students have excelled throughout the year and have achieved outstanding results within their artistic output. We would like to congratulate them all on their achievements. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 15:00
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