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.
Kirsten Eksteen, a Michaelis graduate recently won a Merit Award at the Absa L'Atelier Art awards for her body of work titled "Patterns and Pattern Body". She was also selected as one of the Top 10 Finalists for 2018 for the Absa L'Atelier main award.
Embracing the Siyakhula (‘together we grow’) ethos embodied in the title of the upcoming Siyakhula Michaelis Auction in Cape Town, Marlene Dumas has donated 100 000 Euros (R1,8-m) towards the initiative to raise funds for promising artists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who might otherwise not be able to attend University.