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VISION An international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. MISSION Inspiring its community to transform and serve humanity through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge.
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) embraces internationalisation as an important strategic focus. In 2013, UJ became the only African member of the prestigious Universitas 21 group of universities, and saw a phenomenal rise in terms of international rankings: it was the fastest mover in the URAP University Rankings By Academic Performance (from 1038 to 788), achieved a ranking within the top 4% in the QS World Class Universities Ranking, and ranked an excellent 61st in the QS BRICS World Class Universities Ranking. In keeping with this strategic focus, the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) maintains active relationships with a number of international universities and other institutions. We have memoranda of understanding with, amongst others, the Museum of Fine Art Boston; Boston Arts; Foundation Verle Rooms, Antwerp, Belgium; Michigan State University; and Goldsmiths, University of London. Members of FADA staff are represented on a number of international boards and committees, including the International Committee of Art History (CIHA); the College Art Association (CAA); and the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). The Faculty regularly hosts researchers, academics and keynote speakers from institutions as far afield as the United States, the Netherlands, Uganda, Belgium, Scotland, Israel, Sweden and France, while our academics regularly participate in conferences throughout the world. International students comprise approximately 5% of the FADA student body.
The Faculty engages with the partner institutions and associations on various levels that specifically focus on our immediate region, Johannesburg in greater extent and on national platforms. These take the form of student projects, discussion group, research projects, staff interventions and collaborative ventures. The following are examples thereof: • The Design for Social Development Reading Group (D4SD) is an informal reading group based in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture open to all staff and postgraduate students. The group meets to discuss members’ own research as well as contemporary published research relevant to the transdisciplinary topic of design for social development. Two seminar were held in 2012 and another in 2013. Speakers for these open seminars included Robert Tuttle, Executive Technology Director at frog design, USA; Bongani Ntombela and acting head of the South African Bureau of Standards Design Institute. • Joint initiative between FADA and Central Johannesburg College. The CJC is a Further Education and Training college with its arts and culture campus located in the vicinity of Crown Mines. Discussions with CJC are held with the view to apply strategic focus to an articulation route between the CJC and FADA’s undergraduate qualification. It was identified that the exiting qualifications restricts smooth enrolment of students into FADA programmes as well as the CJC students’ academic scores in meeting the University’s language requirements are generally weak. The Department of Visual Art continues to engage with the CJC Art & Design School, with a view to lending support in terms of discipline specific workshops, inviting the CJC staff to attend and observe the department’s first year admission programme as well as the evaluation programme, in order for the CJC colleagues to have better understanding of the standards and criteria applicable to the department in particular and the Faculty in general. • The NRF funded community engagement project of Prof Kim Berman received a grant from the National Research Foundation’s Community Engagement Programme (CEP) to conduct a community engagement service learning programme with BTech and Masters students from 2011 – 2013. The project is taking place under the joint guidance of Prof Kim Berman from the Department of Visual Art and Dr Lara Allen, Executive Director of the Tshulu Trust (community partner organisation). Prof David Bunn and Dr Allen from Wits University originally set up the initiative that became Tshulu Trust in 2007 as a research facility for international exchanges. The Trust now hosts researchers and students from many international universities and programmes, including the Universities of Chicago, Harvard, Northwestern, Carolina State, and Dartmouth College as well as the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS) based at Duke University. The Tshulu Trust works with these university visitors to ensure that they have a positive impact on the community. The project, managed by Prof Berman and Dr Allen, investigates how the arts contribute to the development and empowerment of rural communities in national poverty nodes through community service by students and lecturers in tertiary education institutions. • An Architecture community engagement endeavor by third and fifth year students, under the guidance and engagement of Professional Architects and non-governmental Organisations, engaged with the Marlboro South community in Johannesburg. The project focused on a process to re-plan and support this unique informal settlement that exists inside and around an abandoned industrial area, at a time when the community was subjected to forced removals by the Johannesburg Municipality.
Offering comprehensive set of programmes in Art, Design and Architecture Diplomas, BTech, BA, MTechs, MA (Design). PHD (Art and Design) and PHD (Art History)
Faculties and Departments
University of Johannesburg offers a comprehensive range of academic and occupation-specific programmes across nine faculties. These are: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Faculty of Economic and Financial Science Faculty of Education Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Humanities Faculty of Law Faculty of Management Faculty of Science The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture include the following eight Departments: Department of Architecture Department of Fashion Department of Graphic Design Department of Industrial Design Department Interior Design Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture Department of Multimedia Department of Visual Art
Bachelor Level Programs
The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture comprises eight academic departments that offer 17 undergraduate programmes, including three Diploma, eight NDips, eight BTechs and two BA Diplomas and National Diploma (All programme are 3 year full-time) Diploma: Fashion Production Diploma: Interior Design Diploma: Jewellery Design and Manufacture National Diploma: Architectural Technology National Diploma: Fashion National Diploma: Fine Art National Diploma: Multimedia Baccalaureus Atrium (All BA programme are 3 year full-time) BA Design (Communication Design) BA Design (Industrial Design) BArch (Architecture) Bachelor Technologiae (All BTech programme are 1 year full time and follows after successful completion of a Diploma or National Diploma) BTech: Architectural Technology (Applied Design) BTech: Architectural Technology (Management) BTech: Clothing Management BTech: Fashion BTech: Fine Art BTech: Graphic Design BTech: Industrial Design BTech: Interior Design BTech: Jewellery Design and Manufacture BTech: Multimedia
Master Level Programs
Seven Master's programmes are offered across the Faculty, These are; MTech: Architectural Technology (2 years max fulltime), MTech: Clothing Management (2 years max fulltime), MTech: Fashion (2 years max fulltime), MTech: Fine Art (2 years max fulltime), MTech Industrial Design (2 years max fulltime), MTech: Interior Design (2 years max fulltime). MA (Design)
Research Activity and Main Areas
Yes, the Faculty has one Research Niche area Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD) The Research Centre, Visual Identities in Art and Design is an integral part of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, spanning across all of its eight departments. VIAD’s conceptual underpinnings are based upon the thematics of visually embodying identity in art and design practices. The overarching aim of the Centre is to develop a strong research ethos and culture around the focus of visual identities in representation. Since 1994, attempts to celebrate South Africa’s transformation from minority to majority rule have given rise to multiple constructions of ‘post-apartheid identities’. Taking its cue from the relevance of transforming and constantly evolving conceptions of South African identities (individual and collective) in our post-1994 democracy, the underpinning thematic of the Centre attempts to identify and address ways in which these identities might be articulated and realised through visual representation. Particular emphasis is placed on research into these post-apartheid, postcolonial, emergent ‘South African’ cultural identities which are in constant processes of flux and formation. This core thematic of VIAD explores how these visual identities are negotiated, performed, re-conceptualised and/or re-imagined, focussing on questions of how ‘we’, as ‘post-apartheid’ South Africans, might begin to ‘image ourselves’. The VIAD Research Centre was established in June 2007 and, since then has focused on the following objectives: • Developing FADA as a renowned centre for practice-based research through engagement with issues of image in relation to text within art and design practices. • Developing a body of knowledge in the area of visual identities in art and design through the research of its Research Associates, Post-doctoral Fellows, and Staff Researchers as well as through post-graduate research. The Centre also actively continues and advances existing debates on Practice-led Research. Through its research forms, it explores the complex relationships between creative practices, particularly those of art and design, and research, in terms of both content and modes of presentation. This mode of practice-led research explores how dialogues between theory and practice, or ‘reflecting’ and ‘making’ might be combined in productive ways. Forms of research produced in the Centre include: • Exhibitions, installations, video screenings • Curatorial practices • Academic textual outputs (publications, conference proceedings, journal articles) • Individual and collaborative research projects • Collation and dissemination of research through workshops, conferences, seminars, panel discussions and presentations • Post-graduate degrees in art and design which place practice at the centre of the research process The Centre also houses the Research Niche Area Visualising Identity in a Post-Colonial Environment which serves to bolster and support research projects outputs under the thematics of visual identity. Post-doctoral Fellowships, as well as positions as Research Associates within the Centre can be applied for. For further information on available and upcoming publications, conferences, exhibitions and events, visit www.uj.ac.za/viad or email [email protected] Contact details Director: Dr Leora Farber University of Johannesburg Research Centre: Visual Identities in Art and Design Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus Auckland Park Johannesburg 2092 Email: [email protected] Tel: +27 (0) 11 559 1393 Fax: +27 (0)11 559 1136
Doctorate Level Programs
Doctoral programmes are offered throughout the institution. The Faculty offers a Doctoral in Art and Design and Doctoral in Art History
Subject Areas for Exchange Students
The University has nine (9) Faculties in which exchange students may apply. These are; Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Faculty of Economic and Financial Sciences Faculty of Education Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Humanities Faculty of Law Faculty of Management Faculty of Science Short Programmes The Division for Internationalisation, in collaboration with different academic departments, offers a suite of short courses during the winter (July) and summer (November) holiday breaks. These are largely two- week long, credit-bearing courses. They comprise ten lectures over one week, an industry-related immersion and an assessment. The current course offerings are: Social Entrepreneurship: Rethinking the role of government, the private sector and civil society; Re-fashioning Africa: South African Fashion in the spotlight; Re-imagining Africa: Media and the African Continent; 20 Days of Social Engagement Cultural Tours
For Semester 1 (January to June 2014) – 30th September 2013 For Semester 2 (July to December 2014) – 31st March 2014
First term Mon 2014-02-03 – Thurs 2014-03-20 Second term Mon 2014-03-31 – Fri 2014-05-23 Third term Mon 2014-07-14 – Fri 2014-08-29 Fourth term Mon 2014-09-08 – Fri 2014-10-24
Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)
If an exchange agreement exists between the two Universities, the tuition fees are waived. The remaining costs are; Accommodation – € 2000 per year including the € 72 accommodation deposit Exchange Levy – € 1214 per semester Medical Aid (Paid directly to a provider) – € 357 per annum Additional information is available in the University of Johannesburg Study Abroad Brochure and can be presented to Cumulus on request.