Job Details

  • Reference number: E220208
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: May 11th
  • Remuneration package: Senior Lecturer is R968 905

Background to Position

The Michaelis School of Fine Art is internationally recognised as one of Africa's foremost institutions for the study of fine art. The School seeks to appoint a new member of staff who would be able to teach and research in drawing and related contemporary practices.

The School recognises the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art and we welcome applicants who will engage with emerging trends and innovations in contemporary fine art practice.

Job Description


  • Responsible for teaching courses in all years and supervising postgraduate research
  • Contributing to curriculum development and administration relating to teaching and research
  • Developing and sustaining research at the school

Inherent Criteria


  • A PhD with an established exhibition profile of solo and group shows as well as other evidence attesting to an active research capacity and understanding of contemporary art and practice (curation / publications)
  • Advanced technical and conceptual understanding of various traditional and contemporary media with a special emphasis on Drawing and the Pedagogies of Foundational Fine Art skills training.
  • The ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects (including PhD projects) and a track record of successful supervision (graduated Post Graduate students)
  • At least three years experience and advanced capabilities in teaching core creative skills as offered in the undergraduate studio programme of the school.

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr Ian Petersen.

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Cover letter, and
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A portfolio of key selected Artworks (a PDF of less than 10 MB) and hypertext links to personal and/or other websites showcasing visual research and/or exhibition reviews.

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.