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Wits History of Art has an active cohort of postgraduate students pursuing Honours, Masters, and PhD degrees. There is a dual emphasis on the conditions of our postcoloniality and curatorial practices as core components of the construction of knowledge in the discipline.

Students with History of Art majors regularly go on to successful 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.

BA (Honours)

The Honours degree in History of Art is undertaken by coursework and research essay. Students are required to complete four coursework units and write a research essay of 10,000 words.

Master of Arts

A Masters Degree in History of Art can be undertaken in three different ways: by dissertation, by dissertation and practical project, or by coursework and research report. Dissertation students are required to work with a supervisor to produce either a dissertation of 40,000 words, or a dissertation of 20,000 words in combination with a practical project. Coursework students are required to complete three coursework units, and write a research report of 20,000 words.


The PhD degree in History of Art is undertaken by thesis, or a combination of thesis and creative work. Students are required to work with a supervisor to produce a thesis of 80,000 words in the former, or a curated exhibition and a thesis of 40,000 words in the latter.

Postgraduate course options 

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To find out more about postgraduate History of Art at Wits, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator:
First Floor, Wits School of Arts
Telephone: +27 (11) 717 4617