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Wits University Faculty of Humanities
Fine Arts The BA Fine Arts degree combines fine art studio practice with academic study in Art History, Theory, and Criticism.
Fine Arts The BA Fine Arts degree combines fine art studio practice with academic study in Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

Qualification: BAFA

School: Wits School of Arts

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time


Explore all aspects of contemporary fine art.

Painting, sculpture, photography, print-making, video, installation, and digital media form the core of the studio programme, which is supplemented by a course in Professional Practice and Curating, along with a number of interdisciplinary options from other courses in the WSoA.

  • Animator
  • Art Historian
  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Critic
  • Designer
  • Photographer
  • Teacher
  • Fine Arts IA AND IB
  • Film, Visual and Performing Arts IA AND IB
  • Drawing and Contemporary Practice IA AND IB


Select a pair of courses from the following:

  • Music Literacies and Skills 1A AND  1B
  • Music Performance Studies IA AND  IB
  • Music Literacies Preliminary Studies A AND  B
  • General Musicianship: Preliminary Studies
  • Music Performance: Preliminary Studies


Level 1000 course yielding 36 credits

  • Fine Arts IIA AND IIB
  • History of Arts IIA AND IIB
  • Drawing and Contemporary Practice IIA AND IIB

AND, select a pair of courses from the following:

  • Design and Production Studies IIA AND IIB
  • Music Literacies and Skills IIA AND IB
  • Music Performance Studies IIA AND IIB
  • Fine Arts IIIA AND IIIB
  • History of Art IIIA AND IIIB
  • History of Art IIIC AND IIID
  • Drawing and Contemporary Practice IIIB

AND, select one course from the following:

  • Animation IIIA AND IIIB
  • Interactive Media Design IIIA AND IIIB
  • Writing and Interactivity IIIA AND IIIB
  • Music Composition Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Music and Performance Studies IIIA AND IIIB
  • Theories of Art
  • Research Project
  • Critical Theories and Visual Cultures
  • Fine Arts IVA AND IVB

AND, select one course from the following:

  • Professional Practice in Fine Arts
  • Design IVA
  • Animation IV
  • Interactive Media IV
  • Key Moments in 20th Century Arts: Tradition and Innovation
  • Selected Topic in Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture Studies


Level 4000 course yielding 23 credits

APS 34+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5


Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject place availability.

Additional Selection Criteria

Consideration for any degree in the Wits School of Arts requires applicants to fulfil the academic entrance criteria set out by the University. In addition, it is required that the applicant successfully complete an interview/audition/portfolio/written assignment at the Wits School of Arts that will take place from  April 2020. Consideration into the degree is dependent on you successfully fulfilling both these criteria.

Applicants must contact the School to schedule an interview. Remember to take a portfolio of work to the interview.

Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information about on student funding and scholarships. University funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.