Applications for Honours in Curatorship 2014 – Cape Town


The Honours programme in Curatorship is offered by the Michaelis School of Fine Art’s Centre for Curating the Archive, in close collaboration with Iziko Museums. The programme will offer courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students will be encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the creative arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and will be offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in real spaces and in the digital realm.

A major aim of this programme is to introduce students, through seminars, fieldwork and workshops, to the central skills of a curator: to understand objects and how to research them, to work with collections, and to articulate them in exhibitions. Students registered for the full programme will be able to apply for internships, conservation workshops and travel bursaries to local and overseas museums and collections. The course will prepare students for both further postgraduate study and for work as art curators, museum educators, collection managers, critics, dealers and for positions that require the use, display and manipulation of collections more broadly.

A limited number of bursaries are available, awarded on the basis of both merit and need.
To request a prospectus, please write to

Deadline for submissions no later than 31 October 2013.

How to apply
Applicants are required to submit the following:

A detailed narrative curriculum vitae; A letter of no more than two pages detailing your background and reasons for wishing to study curatorship, as well as your special areas of interest relevant to the programme; Academic transcripts; and The names and contact details of two academic referees.

Applications must be directed to:

Professor Pippa Skotnes
Michaelis School of Fine Art
University of Cape Town
31-37 Orange Street, Gardens, 8001
Cape Town, South Africa

Enquiries to:
Telephone 021 4807151

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