University of Cape Town Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Master’s Scholarship 2020/2021 (Up to R100,000/annum)

University of Cape Town Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) Master’s Scholarship 2020/2021 (Up to R100,000/annum)

Deadline: August 30, 2019

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town invites applications for Master’s Study in Live Art, Interdisciplinary and Public Art from 2020/2021.

The ICA is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town’s Humanities Faculty that 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.


  • The scholarships is 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.


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

Research Focus:

  • 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.
  • Interdisciplinary study in relation to cultural and socio-political contexts.

Sites for study include:

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Performance Art / Live Art
  • Live Art in South Africa and other parts of the African continent
  • Decolonial imaginaries, the decolonial body and the body as text and site of contestation
  • Spectatorship and relationships with viewing, audience involvement
  • 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 arts 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/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.


All applicants will be required to submit an Expression of Interest comprised of the following:

  • Name, Surname, Nationality, Address, Contact Numbers, Passport/ID number and Email
  • CV
  • Proposed Research Area and Thesis (max 300 words)
    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.

For more information, visit Masters at University of Cape Town.