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.
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.
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.
The biannual Tierney Fellowship workshops took place at Michaelis School of Fine Art on 6 and 7 February. The fellows, Thero Makepe (UCT), Manyatsa Monyamane (WITS) and Kebelo Mokoena from Market Photo Workshop (MPW) were joined by their mentors Svea Josephy and Dominique Edwards, UCT, Neo Ntsoma (WITS) and Andrew Tshabangu (MPW).
2019 Michaelis Tierney fellow, Thero Makepe, and his mentors Dominique Edwards and Svea Josephy, joined colleagues at Market Photo Workshops and WITS in Johannesburg for the biannual Tierney Fellowship Workshops in October.
The third year Fine Art students studying Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing recently visited Black Ginger. They were accompanied by Johann van der Schijff and Melvin Pather who are currently running a Photogrammetry project with the students.