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Entrance requirements and application procedure


Students intending to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Art degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree with Fine Art Practice, or the Diploma in Fine Art are required to sumbit an entrance portfolio of recent artwork together with their formal admissions application. The applicant’s portfolio must be submitted together with his/her application form to the Student Bureau, Registrars Division. Applicants must not mail or deliver the portfolio to the Fine Art Department directly.

Please see: Guidelines for the Submission of an Entrance Portfolio

Students interested in studying Fine Art Practice (Fine Art) are advised to study a four-year BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) – an Honours equivalent degree. However, a three-year BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree with a major in Fine Art Practice is also available.

Undergraduate application: https://ross.ru.ac.za/ugadmissions


Postgraduates must contact the head of department for initial liaison regarding research proposal and artwork portfolios.

You must also first register online to get an official student number reference to quote in your correspondence.


Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Students who have completed BFA studies with good results may apply for entrance into Master of Fine Art (MFA) studies. This degree is by practice as research and candidates prepare an exhibition of original artworks accompanied by a supporting mini thesis. There is also an MFA option in Curatorial Practice which caters specifically for candidates looking to develop their capacities and understanding of professional curatorial practices. A candidate is required to curate an exhibition (rather than producing an exhibition of own work) in an established art museum/gallery and to develop a thesis of between 25 000 and 30 000 words exploring the theme and curatorial approach.

Master of Arts in Art History (MA)

Students who have completed a BA Honours in Art History or a BFA with good academic results may apply for Master of Arts studies in Art History. The degree is by thesis only.

Doctorate in Art History (PhD)

Candidates who have completed MA studies with good results may apply for PhD studies. The degree is by thesis.

Postgraduate Gateway (applications & further info): http://www.ru.ac.za/postgraduategateway/

Last Modified: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:59:57 SAST