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 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.