MA in Visual Art

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Program Description

The MAVA has been designed to ensure that it supports students in developing the required level of competence to exit with research in specialized areas of visual art a master’s qualification. Students conduct practice, photography, video and new media art, environmental art and related theories, art history, theory and criticism, art education, art therapy, and socially engaged art as well as collaborative art practice. Students are expected to investigate complex analytical and practical skills through the writing of in a dissertation and/or professional practice through having or curating an exhibition, or engaging community-based research to advance knowledge appropriate to the research mode.

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About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture is a division in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA). It produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programs aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts. For regular updates on the UJ Arts Centre follow @UJArtsCentre on Twitter or visit the University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture Facebook page. Call 011 559 4674/3058 for general inquiries. 

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Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Art or B (Fine Art) Hons or BA Hons (Art History), with an average mark of at least 65% or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard, as recommended by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board. A one to two-year full-time (or three years part-time). Master of Arts in Visual Art program with a range of options including Exhibition and Dissertation (50%/50%); Theoretical Research by Dissertation (100%); Practice-led Research and Community/Socially Engaged Participatory Research. For more information email: eldam@uj.ac.za

Last updated May 2020

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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