BA Hons (Visual Studies)

Description of the programme

The BA Honours in Visual Studies course focuses on select critical issues around contemporary and historical visual culture. Students can expect to be exposed to an array of interdisciplinary theories and polemics surrounding examples of visual culture from a wide variety of historical periods and geographical locations. Topics that may be covered include critical discourses and practices in photography, models of subjectivity in the visual arts, the politics and poetics of curatorship, and issues around post-colonial African visual culture.

Programme structure

In addition to three taught modules [Visual Studies Theory, Contemporary Visual Practices, and Interdisciplinary Theory, students are expected to complete an independent research project in consultation with a supervisor in the module Assignment (Visual Studies). Students present theoretical seminars during the course of the programme and assessment takes the form of assignment essays, examinations and the research assignment mentioned above.

Future career paths

The BA Honours in Visual Studies programme serves as preparation for a Masters in Visual Studies. These postgraduate courses equip students for employment in a variety of fields, including the academic field, media journalism, galleries, heritage sites, arts administration, art dealership and museums.

For more information

Prof Lize van Robbroeck | Coordinator Hons (VS) | +27 21 808 3048