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Visual Arts

As a Nelson Mandela University Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) student, you will begin with a generic first year of study, the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme provides a broad base of skills and competencies that include visual literacy, creative problem solving, design skills, sound drafting skills, relevant technical and technological proficiency; the ability to work in an extended range of media, both traditional and non-traditional, and appropriate experience at developing concepts and realising these in both two-and three-dimensional form; the ability to function as part of a team and the ability to articulate concepts both visually and verbally.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme, you will apply for selection into a specialised Visual Arts stream:

  • Fashion and Textiles

  • Fine Art (Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography

Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year Ceramic Project


Photography student, Karabo Ngcozela, by Warren Findlay ©2016