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Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Welcome to the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

It is the mission of the Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology to make education in arts and music accessible to all who have fulfilled the university's entrance requirements.

We take cognisance of the cultural diversity and needs of our students within a dynamic and democratic society.

We aim to promote artistic awareness and nurture creative and critical skills, committing ourselves to attain high standards and to strive to be of service to the community.

Our teaching policy does not assume that students come to us to gain access to some form of universal 'knowledge' and 'truth'. We believe that education is negotiated between the student and the university. Students bring their own reality; that is their own structures of knowledge and truth, formulated by their own specific cultural, social, political and economic experiences and perspectives.

We, on the other hand, provide the student with a course structure that attempts to allow all students to grow and realise their potential, while offering our skills, expertise and experiences in the making, understanding and promotion of art and music in the spirit of the university's stated aim of pursuing free, open and critical scholarship.

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