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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
History of Art The Master of Arts in the field of History of Art is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.
History of Art The Master of Arts in the field of History of Art is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree.

Qualification: MA 

School: Wits School of Arts

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1 - 2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

Wits History of Art has an active cohort of postgraduate students pursuing Honours, Masters and PhD degrees. Here there is a dual emphasis on the condition of our postcoloniality and curatorial practices as core components of the construction of knowledge in the discipline. Students with Art History majors regularly go on to successful careers in curating, museums, galleries, filmmaking, fine arts, advertising, auction houses, filmmaking and journalism.

Students can undertake a Masters degree in History of Art either by coursework or dissertation. In the Masters degree by dissertation, students have the option to produce a written dissertation only, or a combination of written dissertation and practical body of work. The departmental PhD degree is by thesis only. Existing and prospective students may register for a single coursework unit as an occasional student. While no prior degree is necessary, students are required to complete an entrance test before being accepted. Our flexibly scheduled postgraduate courses provide an opportunity for working professionals to work on individual projects and expand their knowledge base, research and seminar skills and fieldwork experiences. Successful completion of a course can count towards a postgraduate degree or diploma

Honours:

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Doctorate:

  • A masters degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.
Additional Entry Requirements

Additional entry requirements may apply.

  • Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre. Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept or decline an offer, apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

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