The Department is the largest of its kind in South Africa and offers a multidisciplinary environment within which you can explore your creativity and stretch your intellectual boundaries. We offer exciting and challenging under- and postgraduate degrees and modules in Fine Arts, Information Design and Visual Culture Studies. In the years of its existence the Department has produced not only outstanding practitioners, but also influential theoreticians.
The Visual Arts Department is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the work of the fourth year Information Design students. Uncovered will host an opening reception on the 29th of October 2014 from 18h00 at the Visual Arts Department. Special guest speaker and CEO of Terrestrial Tasos Calantzis will introduce the show.
The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring the work of the fourth year Fine Arts graduates. The Space in Between will host an opening reception on the last Friday of the month, October 31st, 2014 from 6 o'clock in the evening at the Rautenbach Hall. Special guest speaker, Clive Kellner, will introduce the show and announce the winner of the Diane Victor Raffle.
The awards evening of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards took place on the 20th of September at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre in the City of Ekurhuleni. University of Pretoria Fine Art students, Leandré le Roux who is currently a Masters student and Izak Buys were amongst the four merit award winners. Izak Buys, becoming a two-time award winner has also won an additional award of the Lizamore and Associates Mentorship Programme Solo Exhibition for his work titled, Run.
Johan Thom, a prolific artist who has received numerous awards and is currently a lecturer in the University of Pretoria's Department of Fine Arts, will soon receive his PhD from the University College of London (UCL) through the Slade School of Art. Thom was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship by the Canon Collins Trust in 2008 and returned to South Africa last year, when he joined the staff at his alma mater as the coordinator for postgraduate students.
Fatima Cassim, who heads the Division of Information Design in the Department of Visual Arts in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria, sees increasing potential for design to address some of the complex social, environmental and political problems that society faces. She believes, in particular, that design thinking as a problem-solving methodology can help to envision and enable new futures and mobilise citizens to take action in more meaningful ways. In keeping with this viewpoint, she focuses on design activism and design citizenship in her doctoral thesis at UP.