Call for MA Applications

8 Nov 2017 - 14:30

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), in association with the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (formerly the Department of Drama and the School of Dance),  at the University of Cape Town, invites applications for MA Study in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art. Choreographers, performers, directors, composers, curators as well as creative and performing arts researchers are all invited to apply.

The ICA, formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), was launched in 2008. The ICA is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty.
ICA facilitates new collaborative research projects, particularly in the Creative and Performing Arts. Interdisciplinarity, Live Art and Public Spheres are key themes of the Institute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community. 

Research Focus:
– Interdisciplinary conversations, inclusive of such hybrid forms as site specific performance, mixed media performance, post-dramatic theatre, dance theatre and live (or performance) art.
– Interdisciplinary Study in relation to cultural and socio-political contexts.
Sites for study include:
– Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Dance and Theatre Hybrids.
– Performance Art / Live Art.
– Live Art specifically in South Africa and other parts of the African continent
– Postcolonial imaginaries, The Postcolonial Body and the Body as text and site of contestation, the status of the audience.
– Site specificity and the creative and performing arts.
– The creation of Public Spheres: open access spaces for the creation and reception of creative and performing art events and discourse.
All students will be required to attend a regular Seminar Programme throughout the year as well as a Studio Programme for the first semester of their degree.
Students may elect to do the degree by Written Thesis or a Practice-Based Programme involving Practical Outcomes (Performances/Installations for example) and Written Explication. Students will be based at ICA, at UCT’S Hiddingh campus, Gardens Cape Town with co-ordination by Professors Jay Pather and Mark Fleishman.
Scholarships and Bursaries:
The ICA also announces provision for scholarships valued at R95 000 per annum. There is one full scholarship available for two years and four scholarships available for just one year. The Institute will assist recipients of the one year scholarships to procure funds for the second year but, at this stage, the ICA cannot provide these funds.
Application process:
In anticipation of a formal application with a full proposal, potential candidates are invited to send a one page Expression of Interest that includes:
– Name, Surname, Nationality, Address, Contact Numbers, Passport/ID number and Email
– Proposed Research Area and Thesis (100 words)
– Whether you wish to pursue the study even if your application for full scholarship is unsuccessful.
– Please attach an updated CV.

Please submit to:
Bongani Kona:; tel: +27 21 650  7156 or apply online at
Expressions of Interest must be received by 17h00, 17 November 2017.

Photo credit: artist and curator, Khanyisile Mbongwa (centre), photographed here during her experimental performative piece, KuDanger!, is finishing her MA this year. Photography by Ashley Walters.