M.A. On Campus

Visual Studies

Stellenbosch University

12 months
1276 EUR/year
1276 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Visual Arts, which offers the Visual Studies programme at the Stellenbosch University, occupies an historic, fully renovated building in oak-lined Victoria Street. We offer custom-designed studio and workshop spaces for study streams in Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design and Jewellery Design, including an industry-standard new media computer lab.


Key facts

It is widely understood that visual communication plays an increasingly important role in our fast-paced, globalised milieu. The Master's degree in Visual Studies at the Stellenbosch University equips students to decode and understand visual phenomena from a variety of contexts, including popular culture, media, film, the music industry and Fine arts. As an innately interdisciplinary subject, Visual Studies incorporates a broad range of critical theories from a variety of fields, including feminism, postcolonial studies, critical race and whiteness studies, psychoanalytic theory, museum studies and philosophy, to enable students to write and speak critically about visual images, objects, institutions and practices.


  • To produce graduates who are able to apply a range of theoretical tools to a wide array of visual phenomena
  • To inculcate in graduates responsiveness to the particular sensitivities surrounding visual representation in South Africa's fraught postcolonial context and to cultivate a responsible and self-reflexive approach to students' own research and academic inquiry
  • To produce graduates capable of filling posts in a variety of contexts, including academia, museums, galleries, education and journalism

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Feminism
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Museum Studies

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your contract 
  • Student support form (Students with special needs)  
  • Qualification documents - Please ensure that you upload qualification documents for each tertiary qualification obtained and that the documents is official and certified
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • An Honours degree in Visual Studies or Art History (or an acceptable equivalent qualification that is deemed adequate for admission to the programme by the Senate) that provides evidence of the ability to conduct advanced independent research
  • Selection for the programme relies on academic qualifications, professional experience and an acceptable study proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1276 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    1276 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • R21 948

Living costs for Stellenbosch

7630 - 10640 ZAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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