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University of Cape Town Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Masters Scholarships for African Students 2020-2021

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute based in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty, formerly known as the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA).

Currently, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is inviting applications from all choreographers, visual artists, performers, directors, composers, curators, and creative and performing arts researchers for MA Study in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art at the university from 2020-2021.

Since 2008, the Institute has fostered innovative practice and research in the creative and performing arts that works across the disciplines of music, dance, fine art, drama, literature and film, with a particular focus on black practitioners and issues that affect black South Africans.

The focus on interdisciplinarity by the ICA emerges from this vision for innovative research and practice. UCT (University of Cape Town) has very strong disciplines, in Fine Art and Drama and The ICA supports these disciplines, and pioneers research and artistic practices that blur disciplinary boundaries.

A key premise of the ICA’s work at the university is that interdisciplinary practice in South Africa, and live art in particular, help us to understand the complexity of our contemporary society – one that is chronologically 'post' apartheid, but that continues to grapple with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism.

Submissions will be accepted from the qualified listed creative personnel until the deadline on 4pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

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The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and its Commerce, Law, and Medicine Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. It is the only African member of the Global University Leader... read more


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Aim and Benefits of University of Cape town ICA Masters Scholarship

The ICA also announces provision for scholarships valued at R100 000 per annum. 
Scholarships are for a two-year period: 2020-2021. The MA degree must be completed at the end of 2021.
There are four scholarships available.


Requirements for University of Cape town ICA Masters Scholarship Qualification

Choreographers, visual artists, performers, directors, composers, curators as well as creative and performing arts researchers are all invited to apply.

Research Focus:

  1. Interdisciplinary conversations, inclusive of such hybrid forms as site-specific performance, mixed-media performance, post-dramatic theatre, contemporary dance, live art (or performance art), performance curation.
  2. Interdisciplinary study in relation to cultural and socio-political contexts

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Interview date, Process and Venue for University of Cape town ICA Masters Scholarship

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/Exhibitions for example) and Written Explication. Students will be based at the ICA, at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, Gardens, Cape Town with co-ordination by Professors Jay Pather and Mark Fleishman.
Applications will be accepted via the webform above until 4pm, Friday 30 August 2019.
The ICA will not accept applications via email.


Application Deadline

August 30, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Cape town on www.ica.uct.ac.za to apply

Go to the online application portal where you will be required to submit an Expression of Interest comprised of the following:

  1. Name, Surname, Nationality, Address, Contact Numbers, Passport/ID number and Email
  2. CV
  3. Proposed Research Area and Thesis (max 300 words)
  4. Indicate whether you wish to pursue the study even if your application for a full scholarship is unsuccessful

Once the selection committee has reviewed the Expressions of Interest, the ICA will approach a shortlist of candidates to submit a formal application with a full proposal.

All candidates are encouraged to apply, and in particular black South African women.

For any query, contact [email protected] with the subject line MA Proposal Query.

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