BA Hons in Visual Art

General

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts Honors (Visual Art) prepares students for research-based postgraduate study and entry into the diverse careers in the visual industries, by enabling students to produce creative solutions to complex problems within a specialist area of studio practice; exhibit this work professionally and conduct and report their research under supervision. This is a one-year full-time or two years part-time honors program with both a studio practice stream and a purely theoretical stream when it is made available.

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The Department of Visual Art (DoVA) is now widely considered as being at the forefront of places to study Visual Art / Fine Art in South Africa. It provides an exciting explorative space in which we develop our students' creative, imaginative, technical, and critical knowledge. We include both practical skills and academic research capabilities which enable students to practice as artists within the domains of the visual-cultural industries, and/or to engage in postgraduate study in visual art.

We equip students with a thorough, hands-on knowledge of art practice in varied media including Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Digital Photography, Videography, Installation, Cross-, Inter- and Digital Media, Professional Practice, etc., facilitating the creation of meaning through intelligent manipulation of materials and strong conceptual development. We encourage experimentation with transformative and inter-disciplinary approaches to the making, reception, and analysis of art within pan-African and international contexts. Thus, our programs focus on creative and critical thinking through our students' engagement with theoretical and historical discourses and research methodologies, contextualizes, and informs their art practice. 

DoVA's highly experienced staff are leading artists, teachers, curators, academics, and community project managers. With such skill and experience available to the student body, most graduates have confidently made their way into the diverse visual industries with many forging notable and successful careers as international artists.

Admission requirements

Visual Art or Art History with a recommended An appropriate Bachelor’s degree in the field of a minimum of 60% for all final year modules. A letter of application indicating interest. For more information email: eldam@uj.ac.za

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less