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.
While we have all been struggling with the effects of the global pandemic and lock down there have also been some good news stories. Staff in Fine Art have been working hard to develop and deliver online learning and other learning materials to students all over the country.
The biannual Tierney Fellowship workshops took place at Michaelis School of Fine Art on 6 and 7 February. The fellows, Thero Makepe (UCT), Manyatsa Monyamane (WITS) and Kebelo Mokoena from Market Photo Workshop (MPW) were joined by their mentors Svea Josephy and Dominique Edwards, UCT, Neo Ntsoma (WITS) and Andrew Tshabangu (MPW).
2019 Michaelis Tierney fellow, Thero Makepe, and his mentors Dominique Edwards and Svea Josephy, joined colleagues at Market Photo Workshops and WITS in Johannesburg for the biannual Tierney Fellowship Workshops in October.