As a Nelson Mandela University Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) student, you will begin with a generic first year of study, the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme.

The Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme provides a broad base of skills and competencies that include visual literacy, creative problem solving, design skills, sound drawing skills, relevant technical and technological proficiency; the ability to work in an extended range of media, both traditional and non-traditional, and appropriate experience at developing concepts and realising these in both two-and three-dimensional form; the ability to function as part of a team and the ability to articulate concepts both visually and verbally.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year programme, you will apply for selection into a specialised Visual Arts stream:

  • Fashion and Textiles

  • Fine Art (Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography






Enrolling in Visual Arts at Nelson Mandela University

Potential students are to inquire with:

  • Mrs Roxane van Wyk

  • Programme Co-ordinator, Bachelor of Visual Art First Year

  • Email: roxane.vanwyk (at)

  • Tel: 041 504 3379

Information on studying and enrolling at Nelson Mandela University:



Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year Ceramic Project

Photography student, Karabo Ngcozela, by Warren Findlay ©2016


Contact information
Ms Hermolene Adams
Secretary: Visual Arts Department: BVA First Year
Tel: 27 41 504 3256

Mrs Andrieta Wentzel
Programme Co-ordinator, BVA First Year
Tel: 083 775 4324

Ms Nomsa Xubane
Co-ordinator Systems Integrations for Registration & Immigration
Tel: 041 504 2161