Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology

Prof NP Mpako

College of Human Sciences
School of Arts
Department: Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
Tel: 012 429 6391


  • DPhil Art Education, University of New South Wales, Australia (2005)
  • Master of Art Design Education, University of New South Wales, Australia (1998)
  • BA Honours in Fine Arts, University of Fort Hare (1989) 

Fields of academic interests

Research interests

  • Investigation, analysis and evaluation of teaching and learning methodology in schools and at higher education institution
  • She has developed schools’ based collaborative professional development and innovative models of teaching visual arts 

Field of Specialisation

  • Art Education specialising in curriculum development and teaching and learning methodology
  • Studio practice in printmaking specialising in block/lino and silk-screen prints 


Book chapters:

  • A preliminary study on the extent of availability and usability of Mauritius Clay for Pottery in 1st International Conference on Clays and Clay Minerals in Africa and 2nd International Conference on Geophagia in Southern African. With Sookaram, R.
  • Interpretations of cultural meanings towards a curriculum reform 

Journal articles

  • Mineralogical composition and functionality of clays used for pottery education by the physically challenged learners at the Ikwezi-Lokusa Education Centre, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) 19, 3, 2013 with Ekosse
  • Ceremonial Usage of Clays for Body Painting According to Traditional Xhosa Culture Indilinga 10, 2, 2011
  • Inclusion of arts and culture in the South African National School curriculum: A discrepancy that needs repair Journal of Educational Studies Volume 10 (2) 2011