Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)

The 2018 year saw an increased research output, increased postgraduate enrolment (particularly at doctoral level), a growth in international linkages and collaborations, a positive student experience and an increasingly enhanced public profile.

FADA is increasingly realising its vision of becoming a leading centre of excellence in tertiary art and design education in Johannesburg and beyond, and is a dynamic and active contributor to GES. In 2018, the Faculty continued to meet most of its performance targets, while remaining responsive to the changing strategic imperatives of the University. It is well aligned with the Strategic Plan 2025.

ENSURING CURRICULAR CONTENT RELEVANCE

Ranked among the Top 500 worldwide in the THE 401-500 band for Business and Management Studies, Economics and Econometrics, and Accounting and Finance; First in Tourism and Hospitality in Africa, and twentieth worldwide; Third in Africa: Business and Management Studies, fourth in Economics and Econometrics, and fourth in Accounting and Finance; Maintained active relationships with around 20 African institutions.

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE PRODUCTION

Produced 79 DHET subsidy units (2017: 75), with eight NRF-rated staff. A total of 14.5 creative units were allocated for qualifying projects, while staff members participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and completed several design projects.

DSD DESIS LAB

Undertook seven research design seminar/ workshops, and one special panel debate; Active in international and collaborative projects; Partnering in Leverhulme Trust Grant; Facilitated planning and teaching of the second Tlhakantsha Week collaborative project for all third-year students.

VISUAL IDENTITIES IN ART AND DESIGN (VIAD) RESEARCH CENTRE

Produced 52.5 research units; Mounted Black Chronicles IV show in the FADA Gallery, enabling links with new funding partners; Edited Critical Arts journal; Hosted Curatorial Care conference forging dialogue and networking in archival research and decolonial curatorship; Building international partnerships and collaborations.

UJ ARTS AND CULTURE

Of 416 Arts Academy students 204 qualified for cultural bursaries; Multiple and awardwinning performances from theatre, dance, choral, drumming and jazz groups and productions locally and internationally; Weekly poetry sessions; On- and off-campus events reached 30 183 people; The Arts Academy facilitated 416 students’ participation in various jazz and classical music concerts, drama and dance productions; Hosted 108 events at the two theatres; UJ Choir took gold twice at the World Choir Games and toured China; UJ Art Gallery colloquium with FADA, Absa and the South African National Association for the Visual Arts (SANAVA).