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The Honours programme in curatorship is offered in close collaboration with Iziko Museums. 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.

Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and will be offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in real spaces and in the digital realm.

A major aim of this programme is to introduce students, through seminars, fieldwork and workshops, to the central skills of the curator: to understand objects and how to research them, to work with collections, and to articulate them in exhibitions.

Michaelis currently offers the following Curatorship degree:


For students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the creative arts or cognate fields, including such disciplines as art history, archaeology, visual studies, history and anthropology, as well as any of the sciences, and who are interested in the work of a curator and curatorship, museology and working with collections.

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