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Dean’s Message

The Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (FADA) is home to 1 360

students, housed in the purpose-built FADA Building on the Auckland

Park Bunting Road Campus. The building is equipped with a number of

specialised workshops, studios, computer laboratories, common lecture

venues, an auditorium, a gallery and a subject-specialist library. The

Faculty is also home to UJ Arts & Culture, based on the Auckland Park

Kingsway Campus (with cultural offices on the Doornfontein and Soweto

Campuses), which runs two professional theatres and an art gallery, and

offers a dynamic range of public-facing cultural programmes for students

and professionals.

The faculty has nine academic departments, namely the Department of

Architecture, the Postgraduate School of Architecture, the Department

of Fashion Design, the Department of Graphic Design, the Department

of Industrial Design, the Department of Interior Design, the Department

of Jewellery Design & Manufacture, the Department of Multimedia, and

the Department of Visual Art. We also have two research centres: Visual

Identities in Art and Design (VIAD), and the NRF South African Research

Chair (SARChI) in South African Art and Visual Culture.

Our graduates are employed nationally and internationally in diverse areas

of industry, or work as freelance designers, architectural technologists or

independent artists. Whatever their preference, they have been thoroughly

prepared as professionals in the highly competitive fields of art, design and

architecture through creative and entrepreneurial development, which are

key elements in the programmes offered.

The Faculty works closely with industry to ensure that its professional

programmes remain relevant and competitive, and to keep students

constantly exposed to changes occurring in the practising worlds of art

and design. In the course of the year, recognised national and international

artists, architects, designers and academics are invited to address

students. The FADA and UJ Galleries host important public exhibitions

throughout the year, and the annual student exhibitions showcase the best

student work for public viewing.

Through our international partnerships, we increasingly offer students the

possibility of participating in short learning programmes, projects, and/

or exchanges to the United States, Europe, and elsewhere in Africa. FADA

students are also encouraged to participate in international competitions.

The Faculty annually hosts international conferences and seminars, and

is the home of the Johannesburg laboratory of the international DESIS

(Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) network, which seeks to

understand how design can best serve the emerging needs of broader

society from a multidisciplinary platform.

Placement in the programmes is limited, and there are additional

requirements for entry, including entrance assessments.

Prof Federico Freschi

(BAFA (Wits), BAHons (UCT), PhD (Wits))

Executive Dean