Library of Babbling by the 2022 Honours in Curatorship students / Sihle Sogaula
© Library of Babbling by the 2022 Honours in Curatorship students / Sihle Sogaula

Find the details to apply to 2023 Honours in Curatorship here!

The Honours programme in Curatorship is hosted by the Michaelis School of Fine Art in close collaboration with the Centre for Curating the Archive and Iziko Museums of Cape Town, offering courses in theories and practices relating to curatorship.

The programme develops in students an awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections and draws on exhibitionary methodologies such as the museum as idea laboratory and the curatorial gesture. 

Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergratuate major – whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences – to the programme and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in the physical and digital realms. A key aim of the programme is to introduce students (through seminars, curatorial intensives, fieldwork and workshops) to the central skills of a curator: understanding objects and their convened subjectivities, researching implied contexts, convening collections in exhibitionary formats, and mediating the production of curatorial outputs. In 2023 we will expand our focus on object studies into the multiple ways in which context and positionality can help transform curatorial practice.

The course prepares students for further postgraduate study, and for positions in the fields of curatorship and museum education that are engaged in the interpretation, display, and working with collections. 

Our graduates have gone on to contribute to the curatorial field locally and internationally. Read more about the extensive achievements and accolades of our graduates from 2013 to 2021, here.