Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through internal and external collaborations. It has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities, the Faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, artists and designers.

The Faculty is home to approximately 1 300 students who study and work in the custom-built FADA Building on the Bunting Road Campus. Conveniently situated in the building are a number of specialised workshops, studios, computer laboratories, common lecture venues, an auditorium, a gallery and specialised library. The Faculty is also home to UJ Arts & Culture, based on the Auckland Park Campus, which runs a professional theatre and art gallery, and offer dynamic cultural programmes for students and professionals. Many of our graduates are employed in South Africa or internationally in diverse areas of industry, or work as freelance designers, architects or independent artists. Whatever their preference, they have been properly prepared as professionals through creative and entrepreneurial development, which are key factors in the programmes offered.

The Faculty works closely with industry to ensure that its programmes remain relevant and that students are constantly exposed to changes in the professional worlds of art and design. Through its national and international networks and linkages, the Faculty invites an ongoing roster of leading national and international artists, architects, designers and academics to engage with students. The FADA gallery hosts a series of cutting-edge exhibitions throughout the year, and the annual student exhibitions provide a public platform to showcase the best student work.

FADA fosters rigorous practice and critical scholarship through promoting both individual as well as group-based research projects, as well as encouraging the recognition of creative work as research. Our research initiatives are supported by an ongoing programme of seminars, conferences and public engagements hosted by the flagship FADA Research Centre, Visual Identities in Art and Design, as well as the FADA DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability) Lab, and our STAND (Scholarship of Teaching in Art and Design) initiative.

Under- and postgraduate programmes are offered in the Departments of:

Architecture, Fashion Design and Fashion Production, Graphic (Communication) Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Jewellery Design & Manufacture, Multimedia, Visual (Fine) Art.