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
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))