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.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

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.

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

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 a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections and draws on experimental exhibitionary methodologies such as the museum as ideas laboratory and the curatorial gesture.



Silent Auction 2023

The 2023 graduating class of Michaelis School of Fine Art UCT are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the annual Silent Auction fundraiser, 13-15 September on bidPro – an online auction platform. 
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The Photography section at the Michaelis School of Fine Art is pleased to announce the 2023 recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, Vanessa Cowling.
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Guest lecture: Panya Routes by Kim Gurney

In this public talk, Dr Kim Gurney will share the innovative working principles that independent art spaces in some fast-changing cities in Africa have in common as they navigate conditions of uncertainty and accelerated flux.
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