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Tshwane University of Technology

Faculty of Arts & Design

Pretoria , South Africa Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

As a faculty of Arts and Design embedded in a university of technology, the mission is to contribute innovatively to the socio-economic development of South Africa by developing and stimulating the artistic potential and abilities of our students through relevant, recognised and career-focused programmes in the visual, performing arts and cultural management and policy domains; engaging in research and innovation; encouraging and recognising artistic outputs; utilising and developing technology towards artistic expression; and contributing to culture-led social, economic and physical regeneration, thereby interacting with the relevant community through the arts.

International Role

Through the creative arts and design practice, our faculty moves towards unpacking the multifaceted dynamics of the social to know the next strides of innovation and sustainability to positively impact politics, economy, culture and human life. To ensure we as a faculty and university promote positive change on a global level do we foster and cherish international student and staff projects, industry and university partnerships. Building valued networks and relationships with international universities and stakeholders encourage the broadening of transferring knowledge of arts and design research and teaching and learning. Connections made grant the opportunity to showcase the importance of art and design in higher education. There is a need to express the noteworthiness of our disciplines as a critical skill, emphasising its importance in society as a positive change that allows dialogue, connects people, blurs boundaries and makes lasting memories. 

National Role

As a people’s university, our moral purpose is to be the embodiment and custodian of our people’s aspirations. This strategic intent is foregrounded by the outcomes of our Transformation Summit and subsequent Transformation Framework, which was informed by national, continental and global developmental goals. Our University and Faculty provides an academic home for all our people, especially for those who are at the margins of society, rural and urban, by maximising access to higher education to address our triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. We adopt a decolonial position as our programmes aim to have a liberating effect by ensuring that our learning becomes a continuum of creation, innovation and technology transfer to serve the aspirations of our communities. Anchored in the African philosophy of Ubuntu, we are a caring and compassionate University, Faculty and a site of ideation, intellectualism and engaged scholarship to effect social change and transformation.

Main Focus

The Faculty of Arts & Design boast five departments, namely Fine & Studio Arts, Interior Design, Design Studies (Fashion – and Jewellery Design & Manufacture), Performing Arts [Dance, Music, Theatre Arts (Performer), Theatre Arts (Technical)], and Visual Communication (Commercial Photography, Integrated Communication Design and Motion Picture Production). Our programme qualification mix is locally relevant and internationally competitive.

All programmes have career-focused progression possibilities – from diploma at entry-level to advanced diplomas, postgraduate diplomas, master’s and doctoral degrees. The diploma programmes lay solid foundations for our students to enter the world of work confidently and competently. The advanced diplomas give them a deeper understanding of a specific area of specialisation in their discipline. The postgraduate diplomas prepare our students for both the professional world, academia, and master’s and doctoral studies.

Entrepreneurship, Decolonisation and the Africanisation of education in the creative industries are key and central aims of our programmes. Localised and context-specific knowledge systems are now embedded in every programme in the Faculty of Arts & Design and provides a purposeful focus on African art, design, dance, film, music, photography, theatre and performance. The TUT programmes also keep abreast with international trends and global influences.

Faculties and Departments

Faculty of Arts and Design:

Department of Design Studies,

Department of Fine and Studio Arts,

Department of Interior Design,

Department of Performing Arts,

Department of Visual Communication.

Bachelor Level Programs

Advanced Diploma Fashion Design and Technology

Advanced Diploma Jewellery Design and Manufacture

Post Graduate Diploma in Design

Post Graduate Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts

Advanced Diploma Fine and Applied Arts

Advanced Diploma in Interior Design

Advanced Diploma Performing Arts

Post Graduate Diploma in Performing Arts

Advanced Diploma Commercial Photography

Advanced Diploma Integrated Communication Design

Advanced Diploma Motion Picture Production

Post Graduate Dip in Motion Picture Production

Master Level Programs

Maters of Art and Design

Maters of Performing Arts

Masters of Motion Picture Production

Research Activity and Main Areas

South African Cinema History, Representation within historical films, the South African film industry, ideological representation in media.

Misleading Visual Communication.

Design thinking, Critical thinking, Epistemology of Design, Philosophy of Space, Philosophy of Design, Metaverse, Ontological Design, Anthropocosmos, Cosmosisation, Design Metaphysics, Philosophy of Aesthetics in Design, The social and Space, object-orientated Ontology, Mimetic Epidemiology, Critical Philosophy, Human-centred Design, Art and Design History, Design Education.

Education, Design education, Visual Communication.

Decolonising  &  Afrikanising design, Design education, IKS, Afrikan Visual culture, Visual communication, critical consciousness.

Visualisation in cinematic narratives, Previsualisation in the digital age, Cinematic Narrative Editing, Scenario Visualisation, Visual perception and cognitive visio-scenic skillsets, 4IR in the Arts, Digital natives.

Visual Communication, Liminality through Photography, Education.

Landscape photography, Fine Art, Black and White printing processes.

Behavioral Science: Gamification, rewards system, mobile technology, education system, pass rate, human attention.

Critical citizenship, Decoloniality, Communication Design, Higher Education Management.

Entrepreneurship training in design.

Art history, art criticism.

Visual Culture; Indian history, culture, politics, indenture; Gender studies.

Critical studies in visual arts.

Reconstruction of the Past and Crafting a New Multicultural South African Landscape through the Arts.

Doctorate Level Programs

Doctor of Arts and Design

Doctor of Performing Arts

Doctor of Motion Picture Production

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Fashion Design, Jewellery Design, Fine & Studio Arts, Interior Design, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts & Design, Commercial Photography, Integrated Communication Design, Motion Picture Production.

Subject areas for exchange students are subject to approved MOU’s or MOA’s per department.

Application Deadlines

Ongoing

Teaching Languages

English

Semester Dates

Dates are subject to approved MOU’s or MOA’s per department.

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Costs are subject to approved MOU’s or MOA’s per department.

 

Students

Bachelor: 177
Master: 51
Doctorate: 14

Teaching Staff

Professors: 5
Lectures: 59
Part-time Teachers: 97

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