Wits University is home to an active, exciting, and internationally recognised History of Art department that started in 1974. With a focus on multimodal teaching, learning, and research, Wits History of Art is committed to deepening, extending, and complicating traditional understandings of the discipline, engaging the conditions of our postcoloniality, and contesting the politics of the visual.

 

Wits History of Art is a leading teaching and research department in African art, photography, and curatorial practice. A postgraduate training through Wits History of Art will prepare you for careers in advertising, arts journalism, curating, museums, archives, picture research, filmmaking, galleries and auction houses, teaching, art-making, heritage, academia, cultural tourism, government and non-governmental arts sectors.

A post-graduate training through Wits History of Art will prepare you for careers in advertising, arts journalism, curating, museums, archives, picture research, filmmaking, galleries and auction houses, teaching, art-making, heritage, academia, cultural tourism, government and non-governmental arts sectors.

 

History of Art is one of the cornerstones of an arts degree, complementing disciplines such as Anthropology, English, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Sociology as well as professional degrees including Fine Art, Dramatic Art, Digital Arts, and Film and Television.

Undergraduate Programmes


 

History of Art is not only a critical foundation of contemporary Fine Arts practice, but is also a major in the BA degree, complementing studies in disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, English, History, Philosophy and Sociology.

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Postgraduate Programmes


 

BA (Honours)

The Honours degree in History of Art is undertaken by coursework and research essay. Students are required to complete four coursework units and write a research essay of 10,000 words.

Master of Arts

A Masters Degree in History of Art can be undertaken in three different ways: by dissertation, by dissertation and practical project, or by coursework and research report. Dissertation students are required to work with a supervisor to produce either a dissertation of 40,000 words, or a dissertation of 20,000 words in combination with a practical project. Coursework students are required to complete three coursework units, and write a research report of 20,000 words.

PhD

The PhD degree in History of Art is undertaken by thesis, or a combination of thesis and creative work. Students are required to work with a supervisor to produce a thesis of 80,000 words in the former, or a curated exhibition and a thesis of 40,000 words in the latter.