Postgraduate Programmes

Masters Courses in Fine Arts

We offer two kinds of masters courses in our discipline:

1. MA by Research in Fine Arts (AMC008)
2. MA by Coursework and Research Report in Fine Arts (in abeyance)


MA by Research in Fine Arts

This is a 2 year (full-time) or 3 year (part-time) programme which requires 2 equally weighted components to be completed: a body of practical creative work and a written dissertation not exceeding 25 000 words (excluding notes, bibliography, illustrations).

The practical creative work should be catalogued and documented in the written dissertation. There should be a clear but flexible relationship between the theory and practical components, with at least a section of the dissertation addressing significant aspects of the practical work. Since this course does not involve any taught coursework components, it is geared towards independent research under the guidance from a supervisor.


MA by Coursework and Research Report in Fine Arts

The MA Fine Art by Coursework and Research Report provides the opportunity for a more structured programme of study. There are two compulsory core courses and a wide range of elective courses to choose from to supplement these. With a wide range of options to choose from the coursework programme offers a unique opportunity to tailor a postgraduate degree around a set of interests or specialisations.

Core courses:

Art Critical Writing which provides an introduction to a number of key theoretical and critical perspectives          and

Exhibition and Research Report for which a body of creative work and a Research Report of approx 10 000 words are required.

Elective courses:

You may select two further courses from a wide range of options in the School of Arts and from elsewhere in the University. These are described on the website under the various disciplines and include options such as:

The Curatorial as an Artistic Practice and The Construction of Contemporary South African Art in Fine Art; Animation Studies and Interactive Media in Digital Arts; Arts and Culture Management in Heritage Studies; and Rewriting the Self, Postcolonial Art History; African Art History, Curating Exhibitions and Collections Management in History of Art among others.


Admission Requirements


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for any MA degree in WSOA is a minimum 65% in the major subjects for the undergraduate degree. Apart from this, we interview each candidate, part of which involves viewing a portfolio of recent work. You are also required to submit a full proposal of the research you intend to do (guidelines for the writing of this proposal can be requested from the division via e-mail). Our division will review all applications after the interview and submission of the proposal and will notify applicants of our decision.

In order to apply for any of these courses you would need to contact Prof Jeremy Wafer to arrange for an interview. If an interview is not possible you may send by post or via the internet a selection of images of your work.
Transcripts of your academic record must be provided with your application. These must be certified copies, i.e. stamped/signed by that institution or Commissioner of Oaths. You should also provide the names of two referees from academic or professional people familiar with your work. Application forms can be found on the Wits website: under ‘Student Enrolment Centre’. Make a printout, fill in by hand and send this with all other material to:
Prof Jeremy Wafer

Division of Fine Arts
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050

Course co-ordinator contact details

Prof Jeremy Wafer Tel no.: (011) 717-4631