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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, 22 April 2019
‘Imposter’ graduates with full suite of distinctions

Despite 50 surgical procedures, burn wounds to 95% of her body and being given only a 20% chance of survival after a gas explosion 15 years ago, Aniek Nieuwenhuis has defied the odds and will join hundreds of University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates as they are capped this month.

Publication Date:
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 - 10:15
Photo Students visit Pieter Hugo’s studio

On April 3 students specialising in Photography, including 3rd, 4th and MA students, were invited to Pieter Hugo’s studio in Cape Town.

Publication Date:
Wed, 03 Apr 2019 - 15:15

An exhibition of sound-based work featuring Jenna Burchell, Mira Calix, FAKA, Mitchell Gilbert, Quaid Heneke, Dani Kyengo, Jabu Nadia Newman, Sean O’Toole, Mia Thom, Kemang Wa Lehulere with Mandla Mlangeni, and James Webb.

Publication Date:
Thu, 28 Mar 2019 - 10:15
Michaelis student a finalist in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Carla Meyer-Kleynhans ​is a final year student at Michaelis is one of ten finalists in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. She was shortlisted for her series, ​Private Moments.

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 - 11:45