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Graduand Mteteleli Jobela is getting his degree in Film & Media studies at age 47 and almost 30 years after matriculating. Joblea will be the first in his family to graduate - a milestone after a long and often difficult journey, that began not far from the university, where he is now a member of staff in African languages at the School of Languages & Literatures.
During Minkateko Ndlovu’s matric year her world was turned upside down. Her parents died tragically in their home in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, and in the blink of an eye the life she knew changed forever. Consistency and balance helped Ndlovu graduate with a BA in Psychology and Law.
Dr Kurt Campbell, Michaelis School of Fine Art, together with Heidi Grunebaum from UWC (Centre for Humanities Research), won the Creative Collections award for Best Exhibition Catalogue for their publication Athlone in Mind, at the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Books, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2019.
As the largest faculty on campus, the Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 6000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students annually. Currently 43 countries are represented in our student body. We attract students and academics from across the globe which means exposure to a rich diversity of knowledge, experience and best practice.
Research and Teaching
UCT Faculty of Humanities has a reputation for demanding excellence from our staff and students. We are home to some of South Africa's most celebrated intellectuals, including: award-winning composers and singers; renowned artistic directors and literary critics; world famous novelists and poets; national policy makers and advisors to government; sought-after economists; and highly respected social science researchers.
We produce exceptional young people who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical skills. As a result of these attributes, our graduates are highly sought after both locally and abroad. Most of our students advance to postgraduate study which further enhances their skills and employment opportunities. A Humanities qualification prepares you for a multitude of career paths in the public sector, corporate workplace and in academia.
In the Humanities, we teach our students to be analytical, to question, to engage in ‘out of the box’ thinking, to ask the difficult questions and to use their imagination in solving real world problems. If this sounds exciting, then you will definitely thrive in this environment and you will enjoy your time with us. Harry Garuba Dean of Humanities