Art History and Visual Culture, Bachelor | Rhodes University | Grahamstown, South Africa
B.F.A. On Campus

Art History and Visual Culture

36 months
3866 EUR/year
2353 EUR/year
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The Art History and Visual Culture program at Rhodes University introduce students to a diverse range of visual images and objects. However, the primary objective of Art History & Visual Culture is to expose students to the theories and research methods of art history. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of exercises designed to help cultivate these research skills. 


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.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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/IGCSE qualification:

    • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3866 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3866 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    2353 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2353 EUR per year during 36 months.

National: 52,553 R / year 

International: 68,792 R / year

Living costs for Grahamstown

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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