Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

SAQA ID: 97970
CHE Reference No: H/PR624/E004
NQF Level: 7
[360 credits over 3 years]
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Contemporary art practitioners, such as artists and curators, play a central role in the creation and critique of culture – thereby often shaping our future in significant ways. It is from this awareness that the Cape Town Creative Academy developed – with input from practising artists, curators, gallerists and educators – our new offering: a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art.

This unique degree is the first Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art programme in South Africa, and was developed in direct response to the evolving needs and demands of the regional, national and international art world and its many diverse sectors.

This three-year programme comprises a balance of practice-based learning, theoretical inquiry, technical development, innovative experimentation, critical reflexivity and business acumen.

Students are exposed to a wide range of conceptual frameworks and various modes of meaning-making in order to develop independent ideas and practices that respond to the social, political, economic and technological contexts that frame the art world in the twenty first century.


Art serves to connect. Through the reflexivity of art-making, artists are able to develop an ongoing conversation with, and greater awareness of, self and others. Through the criticality of the practice, art helps to foster important and difficult dialogues by bringing shared concerns into shared spaces. Artists make acute observations in order to document, comment on and reflect history as it happens. Artists connect diverse groups of people in ways that enhance community engagement. Artists ask questions that spur new ways of seeing and thinking. This ability to observe, connect and question make artists valuable contributors to the cultural industry. These unique attributes processed by art school graduates are currently opening up more doors than ever before with the need for conceptual thinking and creative problem solving being widely recognised by the creative, and corporate sector alike.

The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art is:

  • An expert-led programme, formulated and presented by prominent practising artists, curators and thought leaders.
  • A fluid programme that caters to the changing and evolving character of the contemporary art world, as well as to the personal interests, needs and ambitions of its students.
  • A critical programme that connects students to contemporary local and global conversations and the active production of culture.
  • A progressive programme that measures artistic success as a process of sustained discovery: an agile state of critical awareness coupled with a continual flow of experimentation.
  • A diverse programme that equips students with transferable skills, appropriate for engagement and employment in multiple sectors of the creative industries.
  • A transdisciplinary programme that facilitates collaboration and co-creation beyond the boundaries that traditionally segregate professions and practices.

Some of the career paths that graduates can explore within the art sector include:

  • Practising artist
  • Curator
  • Gallerist
  • Art critic or  journalist
  • Art consultant or buyer
  • Art valuator or restorer
  • Stylist
  • Prop-maker