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First year courses

  • FIN1009S Images In Conflict: Politics, Power and Propaganda

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 18 at level 5.
    First year, second semester course

    Course code

    FIN1009S


    Course outline

    This course considers the social and political power of the visual, the capacity of art and visual culture to engage historical events and influence behaviour. The course focuses on art and visual cultures produced in response to specific moments of crisis in the period 1848-2010 through case studies of contested visual imagery and artefacts. The course examines the vital role played by the visual in producing, expressing and representing social and cultural processes, including inciting resistance and revolution, maintaining public order, and inspiring fear, awe or adoration.

    Entrance requirements

    None

    Lecture times

    Three lectures, 1 tutorial, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 5th period.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutors and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester.

    Assessment

    Coursework (50%), 2 hour examination (50%)

  • FIN1008W Foundation of Visual Literacy

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 5.
    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN1008W


    Course convenor(s)

    Fabian Saptouw


    Course outline

    The course introduces creative thinking and critical and visual literacy, paying attention to academic reading and writing and communication skills. Case studies will be used to introduce students to core concepts, issues, theories and approaches to knowledge-construction. The common theme will be “representation and display” and the ways in which this reflects power, politics, gender and identity. Students will be introduced to both African and other comparative examples. The course will have a contemporary focus and where appropriate will explore historical origins.  This course aims to enable students  to articulate and contextualise their own creative production and visualisation and visual retention will be stressed.

    Entrance requirements

    Faculty admission.
    Students registered for the BA(FA) Extended Degree are required to take this as a core course in their first year of study. The course aims to build skills of critical visual and textual analysis, and does so within the ordinary undertakings of FIN1005W, with supplementary lectures and tutorials.

    Lecture times

    Tuesday and Thursday, 12h00 to 13h30.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials, 80% of weekly assignments and satisfactory completion of 1 essay assignment per semester.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 70%, 2-hour examination in November 30%. This course is examined simultaneously with FIN1005W.

  • FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 72 at level 5.
    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN1001W


    Course convenor(s)

    Fabian Saptouw


    Course outline

    Drawing, two and three-dimensional problem-solving. Projects incorporating: object-drawing, use of different drawing materials, working procedures and processes, colour theory and its application in painting, three-dimensional sculptural work in an introduction to modelling and construction in various media such as clay, carboard and wax; introduction to New Media using Adobe Illustrator and creating stencil art, set design and stop-motion animation, Printmaking and Photography.

    Entrance requirements

    This course is open only to students registered for BA(FA).

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN1006F The Emergence of Modernity

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 18 at level 5.
    First-year, first-semester course, three lectures per week.

    Course code

    FIN1006F


    Course convenor(s)

    Andrew Lamprecht, Rael Salley


    Course outline

    This course focuses on the emergence of modernity in art and visual culture from ca  1850-2000, and includes African perspectives.  Taught in a combination of a thematic and chronological survey, the course covers the major art movements and ideas key to understanding this period.  Students will develop basic skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery as well as approaches to visual and textual research.  Students will also engage contemporary debates in and about visual modernity.

    Entrance requirements

    None

    Lecture times

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 2nd period – Hiddingh Campus; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5th period – Upper Campus.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 50%, 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN1005W Fine Art Foundation

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 5.

    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN1005W


    Course convenor(s)

    Fabian Saptouw


    Course outline

    The course introduces creative thinking and critical and visual literacy, paying attention to academic reading and writing and communication skills. Case studies will be used to introduce core concepts, issues, theories and approaches to knowledge-construction. The common theme will be “representation and display” and the ways in which this reflects power, politics, gender and identity. Students will be introduced to both African and other comparative examples. This course aims to enable students to articulate and contextualise their own creative production. Visualisation and visual retention will be stressed. Fieldwork in the form of gallery visits introduces art criticism and reporting.

    Entrance requirements

    This course is open only to students registered for BA(FA).

    Lecture times

    Tuesday and Thursday, 12h00 to 13h30.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials, 80% of weekly assignments and satisfactory completion of 1 essay assignment per semester.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 70%, 2-hour examination in November 30%.

 

Second year courses

  • FIN2026W Core Practice 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2026W


    Course convenor(s)

    Fritha Langerman


    Course outline

    Traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing as well as the development of visual research methods.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 40%, year-end coursework examination 40%. 20% yearmark derived from the visual research book.

  • FIN2025W New Media 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2025W


    Course convenor(s)

    Carinne Zaayman and Kurt Campbell


    Course outline

    Introduction to the theory and practice of new media including digital image manipulation, vector based graphics and animation

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN2024W Printmedia 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2024W


    Course convenor(s)

    Stephen Inggs and Fritha Langerman


    Course outline

    Introduction to the theory and practice of printmaking including intaglio, relief and lithographic techniques and bookarts. Conceptual engagement with both historical and contemporary aspects of printmaking.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN2028S Discursive Strategies: Innovation and Adaption

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 6.
    Second-year, second-semester course.

    Course code

    FIN2028S


    Course convenor(s)

    Andrew Lamprecht, Rael Salley

    Course outline

    This course explores the urban environment in contemporary art practice and theory.  We consider in particular the artist and artistic collectives focusing on the city, urban life, space, the body and technologies in Africa and across the globe.  In part of the course students will engage the city in their own creative practice. Students will build skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery as well as approaches to visual and textual research.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1006F and FIN1009S

    Lecture times

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4th period

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester. Late essays penalised by 5% per day (including weekends).

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 50%, 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN2029F: Envisioning the body

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 6.
    Second-year, first-semester course.

    Course code

    FIN2029F


    Course convenor(s)

    Anna Tietze


    Course outline

    The human body has been central to art throughout its history. This course examines some of the many ways in which the body has been visualized and some of the manifold expressive purposes it has fulfilled. Themes vary from year to year but may include: nakedness versus nudity, the tradition of figure drawing, the ideal and the abject body, the body in space, gesture and meaning, and the significance of dress.       

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1006F and FIN1009S

    Lecture times

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4th period

    Dp requirements

    At least 70% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester. Late essays penalised by 5% per day (including weekends).

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 50%, 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN2011W Painting 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2011W


    Course convenor(s)

    Associate Professor Virginia MacKenny


    Course outline

    This course provides a broad exposure to a range of painting techniques including acrylic and oil. Projects emphasise mimetic skills, the development of colour and composition, and painting in the expanded field. The course demands a conceptual engagement with contemporary painting and the genres of landscape, narrative and still life are critically addressed.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%

  • FIN2012W Sculpture 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2012W


    Course convenor(s)

    Jane Alexander, Johann van der Schijff


    Course outline

    Intermediate problem-solving. Projects incorporating: metalwork: joining, brazing, welding; modelling and casting: plaster moulding, casting in wax, plaster, ciment fondu; ceramics: hand-building, slabwork, press-moulding, slip-casting; projects that incorporate woodcarving, construction and assemblage.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%

  • FIN2013W Photography 2

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 36 at level 6.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN2013W


    Course convenor(s)

    Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit


    Course outline

    This course introduces the theory and practice of photography. Technical, conceptual and critical skills are taught through specific problem solving projects. Students are encouraged to refer to relevant contemporary and historical practice and theory to inform their work. This course may include an introduction to portraiture, documentary and narrative photography, street photography, and related topics such as ethics and voyeurism. A number of technical skills are taught including colour and black and white photography; digital and camera skills; artificial and low-light photography; and basic digital image manipulation for print.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1001W Studiowork 1

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

 

Third year courses

  • FIN3030W Studiowork 3 Electives

    Course description

    36 NQF credits at HEQSF level 7

    Compulsory (core) whole-year course. Students are required to choose two electives from the following options (in some years, not all options will be available): Videography, Animation and motion graphics, Curatorship, Lithography and screen-printing, Computer aided design, Social responsibility, Physical computing, Historical photographic processes and Environmental Interventions.

    Course code

    FIN3030W


    Course convenor(s)

    Associate Professor B Searle


    Course outline

    This course exposes students to alternative forms of art production outside of their major studio work areas. Contemporary in orientation, the various sub-courses will familiarise students with developments in digital image production, video editing and computer aided design as well as social responsiveness and curatorship. A strong creative relationship to other studio work options will be sought. Fieldwork introduces new technologies and methodologies as well as industrial applications of computer design and manufacturing techniques.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2026W and two of FIN2011W, FIN2012W, FIN2013W, FIN2024W, FIN2025W

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN3029S Critical Studies in Art History and Visual Culture

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 30 at level 7.
    Third-year, second-semester course.

    Course code

    FIN3029S


    Course convenor(s)

    Anna Tietze

    Course outline

    This course develops themes and competencies addressed in FIN3028F Art and Theory. Building on the knowledge of historiographic methods introduced in that course, this second semester course offers a deeper understanding of art and visual history as disciplinary practices. Focused seminars on methods and topics introduce students to high-level, independent research that results in an extended research paper on a subject of their choice.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1006F, FIN1009S, FIN2029F, FIN2030S, FIN3028F or FAM2004F

    Lecture times

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5th period.

    Dp requirements

    50% of coursework completed and satisfactory submission of research paper.

    Assessment

    Assignments 55%, Research paper 45%

  • FIN3028F Art and Theory

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 30 at level 7.
    Third-year, first-semester course.

    Course code

    FIN3028F


    Course convenor(s)

    Anna Tietze


    Course outline

    This course considers the theoretical issues raised by visual artefacts, in particular the way in which the history of art, the historical study of images, has evolved as a subject since the beginning of the 20th century, and how this field relates to the practical one of art-museum management and curatorship. Some of the issues addressed include: the status of the art expert, authentication, forgery and artistic value, art and social context, private and public art collecting, and the social and artistic function of the art museum.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN1006F, FIN1009S, FIN2029F, FIN2030S or FAM2004F

    Lecture times

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5th period.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance at tutorials and satisfactory completion of written assignments.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 50%; 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN3027S Strategies for Art in times of change

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 30 at level 7.
    Third-year, second-semester course, one lecture per week.

    Course code

    FIN3027S


    Course convenor(s)

    Andrew Lamprecht, Rael Salley


    Course outline

    This course focuses on a basic understanding the history and development key concepts underpinning contemporary art practice and theory, including ‘modernity’, ‘postmodernity’, ‘postcoloniality’  ‘subjectivity’, ‘otherness’, ‘image’,  ‘art’, and ‘aesthetics’.  This focus will enable students to situate their own creative practice within the contemporary moment. Students will develop advanced skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery as well as approaches to visual and textual research.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2027F and FIN2028S

    Lecture times

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3rd period.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials and supervisory meetings. Adequate submission of semester assignments.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework and presentation of seminar paper 50%; 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN3026F New Art: New Perspectives

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 30 at level 7.
    Third-year, first-semester course.

    Course code

    FIN3026F


    Course convenor(s)

    Andrew Lamprecht, Rael Salley

    Course outline

    This course focuses on the way developments in technology have transformed contemporary artistic practice, theory and reception. Included here is coverage of weblogs the engage with African and global art practice, as well as artistic practice deeply involved with new forms of social networking. Students will develop advanced skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery, visual and textual research approaches.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2027H and FIN2028S

    Lecture times

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3rd period.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester.

    Assessment

    Semester coursework 50% and 2-hour examination 50%.

  • FIN3025W New Media 3

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 48 at level 7.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN3025W


    Course convenor(s)

    Carinne Zaayman


    Course outline

    Advanced digital techniques in which the output remains digital. Web design, animation, interactive CD production, videography. Fieldwork includes new technology and methodology as well as industrial applications of new media techniques.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2025W New Media 2.

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects

    Assessment

     

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN3024W Printmedia 3

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 48 at level 7.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN3024W


    Course convenor(s)

    Stephen Inggs and Fritha Langerman


    Course outline

    Photomechanical print technologies: lithography, screen printing; colour printing; digital applications used in the production of books; curatorship; catalogue and exhibition design. Conceptual emphasis on the expansion of notions of print.   Fieldwork introduces industrial methodology and processing techniques.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2024W Printmedia 2.

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN3013W Photography 3

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 48 at level 7.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN3013W


    Course convenor(s)

    Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit


    Course outline

    This is an advanced course on the theory and practice of photography. It builds on the technical, conceptual and critical skills learnt during the second year of study. Projects encourage an exploration of the medium and emphasise the generation of ideas. Students are exposed to studio and advanced photographic lighting techniques, various format cameras and postproduction skills through specific problem solving projects. During the second semester students work on a self-motivated project, which draws upon their previous photographic knowledge and further develops personal expression and critical understanding. Students are encouraged to explore relevant contemporary practice and theory, as well as historical examples to inform their practice. Fieldwork introduces new technology and methodology as well as conceptual thinking in alternative environments.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2013W Photography 2.

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%

  • FIN3012W Sculpture 3

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 48 at level 7.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN3012W


    Course convenor(s)

    Jane Alexander


    Course outline

    Advanced problem-solving and sculpture techniques. Large scale works based on FIN2012W Sculpture 2 including introduction to bronze casting, metal-working and ceramic techniques.  Fieldwork introduces site-specific installations as an aspect of professional practice. Participants develop proposals for self-motivated creative projects in the second semester.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2012W Sculpture 2.

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

  • FIN3011W Painting 3

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 48 at level 7.
    Optional whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN3011W


    Course convenor(s)

    Virginia MacKenny


    Course outline

    • First semester: emphasis on exploring the materiality of paint and ideas generation.
    • Second semester: self-motivated development of own work  conceived within the terrain of contemporary painting.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2011W Painting 2.

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00.

    Dp requirements

    At least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques, satisfactory completion of all projects.

    Assessment

    Mid-year coursework examination 50%, year-end coursework examination 50%.

Fourth year courses

  • FIN4015W Fine Art 4

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 108 at level 8.
    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN4015W


    Course convenor(s)

    [Discipline specific]


    Course outline

    This course is self-motivated study and research into a specialised area of contemporary fine art practice that may include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or new media.

    Entrance requirements

    A FIN3000W third-year studiowork course

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    Satisfactory presentation of coursework at mid-year assessment, at least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques.

    Assessment

    Year-end coursework examination 100%

  • FIN4012W Theory and Practice of Art 

    Course description

    48 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4012W


    Course convenor(s)

    Carine Zaayman


    Course outline

    This course examines the place of the artist in contemporary society and the skills and tools (both practical and theoretical) that may be needed to traverse this terrain. Through the course students will be exposed to the conventions of professional art practice; examine the relationship between theory and practice; look at how the current internal art world is structured and discuss the economics and ethics of art production both globally and locally. They will learn to write catalogue essays and design exhibition catalogues.

    Entrance requirements

    FIN2027F, FIN2028S and a pass in both Studiowork 3 courses.

    Lecture times

    Wednesday, 3rd and 4th period

    Dp requirements

    Attendance of all classes. The submission of satisfactory assignments and satisfactory participation in the work of the class.

    Assessment

    Research essay on a South African artist: 30% Student portfolio of professional practice: 20% Senior theoretical essay: 50%.

Postgraduate courses

  • FIN5008W Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art

    Course description

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art offers a coherent, graduate study path for artists and teachers who have Fine Art degrees and wish to upgrade their academic status, or those who have not yet acquired degree status, but who hold recognised diplomas in aspects of the visual arts.

    This programme develops practical skills and conceptual thinking in fine art practice. Students work within a studio of senior students and develop a practical proposal of choice. This culminates in a professional exhibition at the end of the year of study that demonstrates a sound understanding of contemporary practice.

    The submission is accompanied by a visual catalogue with an introductory essay. A weekly reading group introduces core readings and critical issues.

    Applicants must submit the following:

    (a) A portfolio of recent work on CD in PDF format not exceeding 10MB file size;

    (c) A statement of motivation that outlines a research project for the year (500 -1000 words).

    a) Portfolio:

    The portfolio must represent a recent body of work or a previous body of work that gives the higher degrees committee an indication of the direction you wish to pursue while registered. This work, including your name, title of each work and medium used, must be submitted in PDF format on a CD not exceeding 10MB file size. Please check that your CD is working and is formatted to be read on all computers (MAC and PC)

    Course code

    FIN5008W


    Course outline

    The diploma programme provides a framework for a one-year course of practical creative study, technical study or materials research in a chosen discipline, process or medium. The Michaelis School of Fine Art will appoint a supervisor for each candidate enrolled in the programme.

    Assessment:

    1. Students enrolled in the programme will offer for examination an exhibition of creative work at the end of the academic year in which they wish to graduate. This creative work must have been completed during the period of registration and must not have been exhibited prior to examination. In the event that the work is exhibited publicly after the successful completion of the diploma, acknowledgement must be made to the School and the University.
    2. See also: Michaelis School of Fine Art, “Guidelines for the documentation of practical work”.
    3. The Postgraduate Diploma in Art may be awarded with Distinction, or at the level of a Pass. No re-submission is possible in the event of a Fail.

    Entrance requirements

    1. Faculty requirements are set out under Rule FG3.
    2. Programme requirements:
      Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art is subject to the submission and acceptance of a portfolio of recent creative work and the availability of appropriate teaching staff and studio space. Acceptance is on the recommendation of the Head of Department.
    3. The deadline for receipt of these application materials is 31 October each year. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the School.
  • FIN4055S Reading Course in Art Historical Studies

    Course description

    24 at NQF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4055S


    Course convenor(s)

    Associate Professor B Martinez-Ruiz


    Course outline

    This course will explore advanced topics in contemporary historiography through an examination of theories and literature.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

    Formal examination (40%).

  • FIN4054F Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

    Course description

    24 at NQF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4054F


    Course convenor(s)

    Dr N Makhubu


    Course outline

    This course brings together a variety of theoretical texts that may assist in understanding the diverse production and complex character of the contemporary art world. Central to this inquiry stands the notion of identity, a concept that seems to inform much of contemporary art. We will trace shifting conceptions of this notion over the last three decades, from the initial moments of identity politics, to the articulation of identity as performative, to current ventures into a post-identitarian world.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

    Examined by coursework 100%

  • FIN4053S Studies in Historiography of Art

    Course description

    24 at NQF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4053S


    Course convenor(s)

    A Tietze


    Course outline

    Material artefacts are mute, but our understanding of them is communicated in words. With a focus on a topical issue or a genre of art, this course examines the relationship between artefacts and the texts that attempt to explain them. How do art-historical texts and related forms of writing offer insight into the works they discuss? Can they, contrary to intentions, sometimes form a barrier between viewer and work? And what is their role in gathering works into schools, movements and genres? This course examines aspects of the multi-faceted role of words as explicators of visual artefacts.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

    Examined by combination of coursework (60%) and formal examination (40%).

  • FIN4052F The Politics and Ethics of Collecting

    Course description

    24 at NQF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4052F


    Course convenor(s)

    A Tietze


    Course outline

    This course studies art-collecting practices in the West from the 18th century to the present. Inter alia it considers the 18th century arguments for the establishment of private art collections, the 19th century growth of public museums, the 20th century development of modern art museums, and recent post-modern developments in exhibitionary practice. Throughout the course these issues are situated in socio-political context.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

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  • FIN4051S Art Criticism

    Course description

    24 at NQF Level 8

    Course code

    FIN4051S


    Course convenor(s)

    Associate Professor B Martinez-Ruiz


    Course outline

    ssues current in contemporary South African Art; developing the capacity for writing about them. Readings in the history of art criticism, with special reference to the practice of art criticism in Africa; workshops with leading South African art critics; and practical review sessions at art exhibitions in the Cape Town area.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

    Examined by coursework (100%).

  • FIN4050W Research Essay/Project

    Course description

    30 at NQF level 8

    Course code

    FIN4050W


    Course convenor(s)

    A Tietze (Art Historical Studies specialization) and Professor P Skotnes (Curatorship specialization)


    Course outline

    An appropriate research paper of approximately 15,000 words in length, or project with catalogue, chosen in consultation with the convener of the Art Historical Studies Honours programme OR the Curatorship Honours programme. Draft chapters of the research essay must be submitted by stipulated dates and the completed project must be submitted by no later than 30 October (Curatorship – 28 October).

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance for an Honours programme.

    Dp requirements

    Attendance at all seminars and completion of all written work.

    Assessment

    Art Historical Studies - 15000 word essay, Curatorship – 15000 word essay or project with 7500 catalogue essay.

  • FIN4061S Local issues in curatorship

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 8.
    Elective course.

    Course code

    FIN4061S


    Course convenor(s)

    Nina Liebenberg and Lyndall Cain


    Course outline

    In this course, students will focus on developing their insight into the local and contemporary issues impacting curatorial practice, and specifically the way in which the colonial legacy of South Africa continue to affect this practice. At the heart of this investigation are the three areas of “care”, “visibility” and “embodiment”. These notions speak to the task of local curators in relation to justice and restoration, latent collections and absence, as well as public vs. private space, ownership and agency. In order to address these issues, students will critically engage with existing material in the University of Cape Town, IZIKO, and city collections; and draw on current events and developments in the local context. With this focus on local issues, students will be required to conceptualise the specific relationship between the museum and its publics in a way that is embedded in and speaks to the South African and African context. Students will further be challenged to imagine ways in which imaginative curatorship of historical material might serve to challenge existing hierarchies and knowledge production. Field trips will be organised with on-site discussions about current exhibitions and displays.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance into the Honours in Curatorship programme.

    Lecture times

    First semester course in 2018.

  • FIN4060S Virtual Display

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 8.
    Elective course.

    Course code

    FIN4060S


    Course convenor(s)

    Fabian Saptouw


    Course outline

    In this course, students will be required to translate their Research Project into the virtual domain. They will need to take into account not only the context of this space, but also the objects/artworks discussed or exhibited as part of their research, investigating different taxonomies and displays, as well as various possible approaches to interpretation. A historical overview of the virtual (from the panorama and diorama to current artistic and curatorial practices in the virtual realm) will be paired with practical and successful strategies of artists, curators and gallerists using social networking as a tool for increasing global visibility and community outreach. The elective will result in the translation of the research project in multiple online curatorial platforms. Training and support will be provided by a developer who will facilitate online exhibitions.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance into the Honours in Curatorship programme.

    Lecture times

    1 double seminar per week x 10 (second semester)

  • FIN4059F Working with Collections

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 8.
    Elective course.

    Course code

    FIN4059F


    Course convenor(s)

    Hamish Robertson (Iziko Museums of South Africa)


    Course outline

    This course explores museum collections as resources for research, interpretation and exhibition. To be an effective curator of a collection requires a broad, holistic understanding of the collection, including its historical, social, aesthetic and scientific contexts.  A curator also needs to acquire specialized knowledge to unlock the research and educational potential of the collection, and make it accessible to broad audiences through exhibitions and public programmes. The focus of the course is interdisciplinary and outcomes include: ability to apply research methodology in interpreting and representing museum objects, tracing provenance and significance of collections; understanding of the relationship between the tangible and intangible aspects of collections, and hands-on experience of working with museum collections. Museum and site visits provide the basis for critical engagement with collections and curators. The course also introduces students to the ethical considerations and challenges that are presented by different objects in museum collections.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance into the Honours in Curatorship programme.

    Lecture times

    Second semester in 2018.

  • FIN4058F Practical Communication as part of exhibition practice

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 8.
    Elective course.

    Course code

    FIN4058F


    Course convenor(s)

    Hayden Proud (Iziko South African National Gallery)


    Course outline

    An ability to write precisely, effectively and creatively, as well as to edit a text, write a good précis and communicate on multiple levels is crucial to the success of the work of a professional curator. This course will look at ideas and issues raised by the need to communicate with museum stakeholders in the form of labels, text panels, essays, reports, catalogues and brochures, as well as formal written communications with lenders, donors and institutions. Crucial too is the need for effective written communication between different role-players inside museums, such as between conservators and curators. In this course, particular emphasis will be placed on the compilation of a detailed condition report on a specific work of art that will require the use of specialist equipment. Exhibition design and the effectiveness and role of text in exhibitions are also considered as vital components. A close study and critical examination of the role of text in landmark exhibitions from art history, such as the Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich (1937) and Joseph Kosuth’s The Play of the Unmentionable at the Brooklyn Museum (1991) will also be undertaken. A breakdown of our weekly sessions will be given at the first meeting  of the class.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance into the Honours in Curatorship programme.

    Lecture times

    1 double seminar per week x 10 (first semester)

  • FIN4056F Critical thinking in curatorship

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 24 at level 8.
    Compulsory course.

    Course code

    FIN4056F


    Course convenor(s)

    Carine Zaayman


    Course outline

    This course provides the central academic content of the course in the first semester. Students will be guided through a consideration of the history of curatorship, as well as contemporary concerns regarding archives, museums, exhibitions and projects. The local context, especially in relation to perspectives on the colonial structures in play in institutions will form a significant focus. Development of critical insight through academic research and exchange forms part of the course, and a reading list will be provided that students are expected to work through. However, curatorship is approached as praxis in this programme. Therefore the relationship between the scholarly and academic work, and that of practical knowledge and experience, is an important consideration here. In this regard, making meaning from objects, whether artworks, archival material or informal collections will be explored through practical tasks. The course will commence with a practical workshop in which students will, as a group, curate collections they have themselves instantiated. Throughout the course, students are expected to develop a critical perspective on their field and their practice, which in turn forms the basis of self-motivated work in the research module.

    Entrance requirements

    Acceptance into the Honours in Curatorship programme.

    Lecture times

    1 double seminar per week x 10 (first semester)

  • FIN4050W Curatorship Research Essay/Project

    Course description

    HEQF credits: 108 at level 8.
    Compulsory whole-year course.

    Course code

    FIN4015W


    Course convenor(s)

    [Discipline specific]


    Course outline

    This course is self-motivated study and research into a specialised area of contemporary fine art practice that may include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or new media.

    Entrance requirements

    A FIN3000W third-year studiowork course

    Lecture times

    Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00

    Dp requirements

    Satisfactory presentation of coursework at mid-year assessment, at least 80% attendance of studio classes and critiques.

    Assessment

    Year-end coursework examination 100%

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