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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.



Monday, 20 May 2019
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
Sitaara Stodel and Rosie Mudge on Borderlines exhibition in Mauritius

During the short vacation Photography Technician, Sitaara Stodel was an invited artist at an exhibition organised by The Third Dot in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Publication Date:
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 - 12:30
Sony World Photography Awards in London

On the 17 April 2019 Carla-Meyer Kleinhans, a 4th year student at Michaelis, attended the Sony Award ceremony in London, with Associate Professor Jean Brundrit. Carla was placed in the top 10 of the international student competition.

Publication Date:
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 12:00