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“…we live in a visual world, and the ability to process, analyse and conceptualise complex primary and secondary sources into coherent narratives; to confidently and clearly synthesise and re-present ideas; to assess the quality and reliability of information; and to have a grasp of several centuries of human success and failure through the media of their artistic and cultural endeavours are increasingly invaluable.”
(Matt Lodder)

What is history of art?

History of Art is an inherently interdisciplinary field of academic enquiry that begins with looking closely at images and objects. The stories they tell give us insight into the lives of their makers, viewers and users as well as the spaces and times in which they are rooted.

In a world powerfully shaped by the visual, a degree in art history provides the skills to understand, critically analyse and intervene in the visual world and its impact on how we think and act.

Who we are

Wits University is home to an active, exciting, and internationally recognised History of Art department that started in 1974. With a focus on multimodal teaching, learning, and research, Wits History of Art is committed to deepening, extending, and complicating traditional understandings of the discipline, engaging the conditions of our postcoloniality, and contesting the politics of the visual.

What we do

Wits History of Art is a leading teaching and research department in African art, photography and curatorial practice. A Wits postgraduate training will prepare you for careers in advertising, arts journalism, curating, museums, archives, picture research, filmmaking, galleries and auction houses, teaching, art-making, heritage, academia, cultural tourism, government and non-governmental sectors.

What can you do with it?

A postgraduate training through Wits History of Art will prepare you for careers in advertising, arts journalism, curating, museums, archives, picture research, filmmaking, galleries and auction houses, teaching, art-making, heritage, academia, cultural tourism, government and non-governmental arts sectors.

What else can you do with it?

History of Art is one of the cornerstones of an arts degree, complementing disciplines such as Anthropology, English, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Sociology as well as professional degrees including Fine Art, Dramatic Art, Digital Arts, and Film and Television.

 

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