Department of Visual Art Department of Visual Art

Department of Visual Art


Download Faculty Brochure 2018

Download Brochure for Degree in Visual Art (Undergraduate)

Download BAVA Entrance Portfolio Requirements

Download Faculty Postgraduate Brochure 2018 (Masters and Ph.D. programs)


Download 2016 4th Year Exhibition Catalogue



The Department of Visual Art (DoVA) is one of South Africa’s oldest art schools. Having begun as the School of Arts and Crafts in 1926 it has been the home of some of the country’s finest artists and scholars. The Department counts amongst its alumni: Walter Battiss (1927/1929), Terence McCaw (1930-33), Sidney Goldblatt (1940), Douglas Portway (1940-41); Cecily Sash (1943-48), Dirk Meerkotter (1944), Cecil Skotnes (1946), Claude van Lingen (1949-52), George Boys (1950-53 ), Lionel Abrams (1951-53), Hannes Harrs (1957-1960), Trevor Coleman (1958-1960), Wendy Vincent (1960-61), John Meyer (1960), Geoffrey Armstrong (1963), Paul Stopforth (1964-67), Johan Moolman (1970-73), Willem Boshoff (1970-74/80-84), Willem Strydom (1972-75), Philippa Hobbs (1973-75), Doris Bloom (1974), Clementina van der Walt (1976-77/83-84), Wilma Cruise (1984-85), Peter Mthombeni (1984-87), Günther Herbst (1988-91), Robin Rhode (1995-98), Carol Hofmeyr (1997-2000), Nicholas Hlobo (1999-2002), Lerato Shadi (2002-05), Lawrence Lemaoana and Mary Sibande (2002-4/2007).

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, USA will hold its second annual African Art Awards dinner on 27 October 2017 where Alice Walton, Ghada Amer and Mary Sibande are honorees. We at DoVA are extremely proud of your achievement Mary!  Read more about the event here 

Posted 13 October 2017



The Department’s highly experienced staff are leading artists, teachers, curators, academics and community project managers. With such skill and experience available to the student body, most graduates have confidently made their way into the diverse visual industries with many forging notable and successful careers as international artists.

Our programs are particularly suited to students who desire to become practicing artists, as the program content is geared towards art making and its critical discourses and histories within a de-colonial framework. 

From 2017 the new Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art (BAVA) is offered. This is the first 3-year Bachelor of Arts in Visual / Fine Art degree in South Africa and leads to stand-alone Honours, Masters and Ph.D. qualifications. The Department also offers a BEd (Art and Design) degree as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Since becoming the University of Johannesburg in 2005, the Department’s research projects and outputs have grown exponentially while also producing postgraduate students of the highest calibre. In the last four years, five of our Masters graduates have received the Chancellor’s Medal for meritorious postgraduate-level research. This is an unprecedented achievement in the Faculty.  

Prof. Brenda Schmahmann is the SARChI Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture which is hosted in the Faculty. This prestigious position serves as a forum for initiatives in research by not only Prof. Schmahmann but also postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. and Masters students in the Department of Visual Art and other departments as well as others working with her.  


Departmental Secretary

Elda Majola
Tel: 011 5591117

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