BA in Visual Arts

   About the programme

This four-year programme offers you a dynamic and progressive professional training. Within the broad framework of the visual arts, students have a large variety of choices, such as drawing, graphic design, illustration, book art, painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, new media (digital imaging and multimedia), jewellery design and metal techniques.

Depending on your subject choice, the programme will prepare you for careers such as professional artist, graphic designer, illustrator, jewellery designer, art critic or art academic. You could also choose from related careers, such as stage designer, book designer, museum official, art dealer, art manager in various fields (e.g. art galleries, public and corporate collections, and regional and national art councils), art entrepreneur, gemmologist and technical art production work.

The programme also equips you with skills that are related to film production, art direction, photography, multimedia, the mass production of jewellery and client account management in advertising.

   Programme content

 Sharing the same first year, the curriculum covers three routes:

  • Fine Arts
  • Creative Jewellery and Metal Design
  • Visual Communication Design

Visual Studies, an exciting four-year subject with a strong focus on contemporary visual culture, is included in all the routes. Visit the Department of Visual Arts' website for more information on the routes.

See the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Calendar for the curricula of the various routes.

   Admission requirements

  • Write the National Benchmark Test AQL
  • For the NSC an aggregate of 60% (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Home Language 50%
  • First Additional Language 40%


  • Applications close on 30 June
  • Selection is based on a prescribed portfolio of art
  • Submit your portfolio by 1 September