WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,192 for the full programme
Part-time Study:2 Years
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Arts (MA)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Master by Dissertation/Coursework & Research
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The MA by Practice and Research is a structured Fine Arts Master’s program based on a practice-centred approach. Students will be exposed to modes and forms of thinking around artistic research, practice-led research and research-led practice. The program is structured around the development of a project, which is complemented in the first year with group seminar and elective workshops that engage critical theory and its relation to artistic practice.

In addition to individual supervisions by lecturers, there is also a series of seminars that addresses the form and idea of proposal writing, developed in innovative ways for critically informed practice-based work. At the heart of the program is a commitment to artistic work that engages with aspects of our current and historical surroundings, experiences and problematics through varied and innovative aesthetic/discursive forms and expressions.

The outcome of the degree is an original body of artistic work and a written research report, which is to meet the requirements of the University and standards of academic rigour expected from a Masters level course. Students are encouraged to interrogate the relation and possibilities between practical and written components relevant to their projects.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:
– A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
– A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application

Additional Entry Requirements
– A personal motivation reflecting why you want to apply for an MA degree, how this relates to your personal trajectory and history. How this will develop your artistic or other creative practice. (250 – 500 words)
– A proposal for the MA by Research: this should encompass an area of research you would like to pursue, highlighting several research themes. It should reflect a direction for both your practice during the MA and a written research component. (500 – 650 words)
– A CV or artist’s resume, reflecting professional experience, exhibitions, projects and education
– Two referees: names, institutional affiliations and contact details
– Basic portfolio of 10 images. These images could take the form of film stills or link to a website (or for video formats a Vimeo or youtube link). This can be submitted in a digital format such as a flash drive etc. Your portfolio of work should reflect your practice up to now.
– Please Note: if your application is reviewed positively we may still require an interview, preferably in person, but this can be arranged by Skype or telephonically.

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $12
Application Fees for International Students: $12

How to apply
– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
– Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities are;
– Animator.
– Arts administrator.
– Concept artist.
– Estates manager.
– Interior and spatial designer.
– Jewellery designer.
– Multimedia programmer.
– Museum/gallery curator.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $3,192
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,192

*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
*Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay the same amount as South African Students
*Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

Miss Madile Moeketsi
Postgraduate Faculty Officer
Mr Veli Mongwe
Faculty Officer