About the program
More importantly, the course pays special attention to improving students reading and writing skills through written essays which the Art History & Visual Culture section has adopted as its principle student assessment method.
Although the focus of the course is history of art, both Western and African, a number of art historical discourses emerging from the Global South and African Diaspora are looked at.
The Art History and Visual Culture program at Rhodes University is also structured in terms of themes, conceptual areas and cultural practices rather than in terms of a traditional historical approach in which students study the history of art as a sequence of periods and styles. In placing the emphasis on thematic modules, the intention is to equip students with critical and conceptual skills that would enable them to research selected areas of art history and visual culture independently.
Art History & Visual Culture courses are offered by the Department of Fine Art to students studying Fine Art Practice at Rhodes University as well as those who are not. For those studying Fine Art Practice as a major, Art History & Visual Culture is necessarily the second major in the degree (see Programmes). Students not studying Fine Art Practice may take Art History & Visual Culture as a credit for a year or two, and have the option of taking the course as a major.
- Art History & Visual Culture 1 is diverse, offering lectures on film, clothing, advertising and performance, as well as on museum practices, heritage sites and the politics of display
- The Art History & Visual Culture 2 course offers a sustained engagement with authorial identity in artistic practice. It examines the various strategies deployed by art practitioners to ‘speak’ through visual language.
- Art History & Visual Culture 3 is structured around the themes of art, society, representation and power as well as theories and methods in visual art history.
- The Art History & Visual Culture 4 interrogates the Western canon while putting it in conversation with decolonial approaches to knowledge production and knowledge dissemination.
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesVisual Arts Art History View 13 other Bachelors in Art History in South Africa
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
An APS score of 40 points and above will receive a firm offer, 37-39 points will remain on hold until the end of September to be considered by the Dean if space is available
Applicants who have passed A levels are eligilble for full exemption provided the passes in approved subjects meet the following requirements:
- A-level: symbols A-E (minimum of 2 subjects)
- AS-level: symbols A-D (4 subjects and 1 at O-level)
- O-level: symbols A-C (maximum of 3 subjects)
- At least 2 subjects at A-level and 3 different subjects at O-level or 3 subjects at A-level and 2 at O-level
- HIGCSE: symbols 1-3 (4 subjects)
- IGCSE: symbols A-C (1 subject)
International Baccalaureate (B)
- 3 High level (HL) subjects: Grade 4
- 4 Standard Level (SL) subjects: Grade 5
International3866 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3866 EUR per year during 36 months.
National2353 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2353 EUR per year during 36 months.
National: 52,553 R / year
International: 68,792 R / year
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