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International Partnerships

For more information on a particular partnership please contact Internationalisation Chair Dr Andile Khumalo on 


Arcada (Media School in Helsinki, Finland) and WSOA Film and TV run a student exchange programme called North South South. Focus is on documentary filmmaking. Aim is to develop student’s awareness of their own cultural conditioning through investigating unfamiliar cultures in documentary film making.

Ampersand Foundation / Johannesburg Repertory Players

Through the Foundation, the JRP make available an annual fellowship to a member of staff or senior student in the field of Drama. The Fellow receives free accommodation for a month in New York, as well as financial contributions for travel, per diem expenses and theatre attendance. 

Coventry University, UK

An online interactive learning project and exchange between students.  Focusing on choreographic research. This is an opportunity for students across continents to connect in a meaningful way and that enhance their learning and research within their courses.

Cultural Economy Network – City Labs on Cultural Economy

Staff and student exchange, curriculum development, collaborative research on cultural economy of cities. Monash University, Warwick University – seeking more partnerships in Brazil and Kenya.

Ecole de Cantonale d’Arts du Valais (ECAV) Sierre, Switzerland and Hogeschule fur Gestaltung (HGK), Luzen, Switzerland

Partnership in Masters of Art, Public Sphere (MAPS), includes Schools from European countries.

Goldsmith, London University

International conferences, guest lectures, workshops for WSOA, assisting post graduate students to get bursaries to study at Goldsmith.

Haute École des Art du Rhin (Strasbourg), Play>Urban

Student and staff exchange programme in Visual Arts.

Institute of Education, University College London

Goldsmiths, London Knowledge Laboratory and Centre for Multimodal Research

New collaboration to establish links between IOE and WSOA in music education and community music “teaching research development” projects. SHA sabbatical at IOE as academic visitor in 2015 through the British Council Researcher Links Programme. Investigating links with Goldsmiths Community Arts Programme, UCL.

Previous research publication collaboration with Centre for Multimodal Studies and London Knowledge Lab, University of London. Wits PHD in music education: possible joint supervision with IOE, through the Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship. 

Kenyatta University

Art Education focus, aims to develop art education programmes. Focus in the PGCE, AEC (Arts and Culture), B Ed and BAFA programmes at Wits. Staff and students from both institutions work on a range of projects. Part of the broader Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme is funded by SIDA.

Le Ecole Supérieure d’Art de la Reunion, Le Port

Staff and student exchange; artist projects; curatorial projects.

Institut Supérieure Technique Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa

Staff and student exchange; artist projects; curatorial projects; curriculum development.

Monash, Australia

Student and staff exchange programme in Visual Arts.

National Arts Council

Research collaborations with Cultural Policy and Management Division.

Roger Ballen Foundation for Photography

RBF organises and funds visits to Johannesburg by prominent international photographers/artists with Wits hosting and co-organising associated lectures and colloquia.

Ryerson University, Canada

Relationship between the Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts Division.  Staff and student exchange focusing on Maker and Start Up culture through the Tshmologong Hub and the Fak’ugesi Festival.

South Africa Theatre Initiative (SATI)

SATI supports DFL from organisation network position. 

Swiss-South African International Research Programme

Support from Swiss and SA gov, governed in SA by Dept of Science and Technology and CSIR. Project called ‘Safeguarding democracy-contests of memory and heritage, a project in the field of general History’.

Tierney Foundation, New York

Funds a series of inter Fellowship with one devoted to Wits graduates. Linkage with a group of inter selectors, mentors and fellows. 

Tisch SOA, New York University

Wits offers study abroad programme for +/- 16 NYU students in the first semester each year. Students specialise in Performance or TV documentary. In return, 1 or 2 students from Wits attend Sights and Sound course in Drama NYU each summer. The partnership also funds visits to NYU by Wits staff.

Toneelgroep De Appel, Amsterdam

Theatre collaboration organised by Dutch company with Wits. Four graduates travel to Holland to collaborate with directors and writers. A programme of exchange is being organised between De Appel and Wits. The company laboratory, a theatre company devoted to nurturing graduates and PG talents.

University of Addis Ababa, Alle School of Art and Design

Staff and student exchange, artist projects, curatorial projects, curriculum development.

University of California

UCLA and Make Art Stop Aids forms part of the DFL programme. A commitment to four DFL festivals in JHB, Durban and CPT. Additional festivals are planned for Malawi and Botswana.

University FH Potsdam, Germany

Teaching and student exchange with the Digital Arts Division as well as on collaborative research into digital urban culture.

University of Sunderland, UK

International photography project involving exchange and publication between Wits on a muner of institutions in European Union and elsewhere. 

List updated May, 2016.