The milieu of Stellenbosch offers a unique perspective to visual arts students: the intimate and supportive environment of an historical university town that is offset by the international, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse environment of central Cape Town, only 45 minutes drive away.
The Department of Visual Arts occupies an historic, fully renovated building in oak-lined Victoria Street. We offer custom-designed studio and workshop spaces for study streams in Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design and Jewellery Design, including an industry-standard new media computer lab. In keeping with developments in contemporary art and design, the department's ethos is multidisciplinary, supporting students working in all aspects of new media, including video and digital arts, as well as offering a solid foundation in traditional visual and applied arts practices.
In addition to the expertise provided by full-time staff members, students are continually exposed to industry professionals, either through visiting and resident guest artists and specialists in the department, or field trips to major exhibitions, events or industry fairs.
Through all study streams, emphasis is placed on the production and critical evaluation of visual culture, rooted in addressing and reflecting all aspects of contemporary South African culture.
The department offers postgraduate study in Visual Arts, Illustration, Visual Studies and Art Education.
The department is a leading centre of excellence which strives to encourage a unique and creative interface between art and design that can make a significant contribution to the generation of knowledge in contemporary visual culture both nationally and internationally, with institutional partnerships to other universities in Africa and across the globe.