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The vast number of career options in the world of creativity can be confusing. This series begins to explain the different creative fields and where they fit. 


In its most basic sense, the term contemporary art refers to art, namely, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art, produced today. Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world. Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts.Contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, natural & urban environment, social justice, pop culture, capitalism and nationality. Our Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art builds on this tradition by integrating contemporary artistic and curatorial practices within established techniques and theory. Through expert mentoring by established artists, writers, curators and researchers, this programme guides students to unlock their own authentic artistic philosophy and practice. This course is intended for individuals who see the world from their own unique perspective, who aren’t afraid to ask questions and who are brave enough to explore beyond the restrictions of established conventions.The creation of art, regardless of the format, has been a key component in the creation and perpetual evolution of global culture and enrichment of individual meaning making. 

#Career opportunities

Practicing ArtistCurator Gallerist Art Critic JournalistArt ConsultantBuyerStylist Arts AdministratorArt Auctioneer Art Director Art HistorianCustodian RegistrarProduction/Studio ManagerArt Assistant


“The Creative Academy provides a safe, supportive and innovative environment. I was allowed to unapologetically be myself and for this I am grateful.” Jason Allen, Contemporary Art Graduate“The Contemporary Art course is spectacular in its methods of educating students about all aspects of the art world in an environment that is inclusive, supportive and conscientious.” – Nazeer Jappie, Contemporary Art Graduate“The BACA degree is a brilliant course that encourages self-expression, experimentation and critical thinking regardless of your art background/knowledge. I’m always glad I decided to study at CTCA, where I received continuous support and insightful feedback that helped me develop as an artist.”- Tayla van der Spuy, Contemporary Art Graduate”The epitome of a liberal arts college” – ANY (Justin Fife), Contemporary Art Graduate

Julia Rosa Clark is the coordinator and curriculum developer of the Contemporary Art Degree programme at Creative Academy. She has practiced and exhibited as an artist, designer and curator. Her personal artistic practice critiques contemporary cultural consumption, value and the fallout of late capitalism via explorations of found objects, collage, sculpture and installation. She has worked for many years as a teacher and lecturer in various disciplines, including Painting, Art History & Discourse, Printmaking, Curatorial Practice, Graphic Design, Drawing and general practice on multiple educational levels from primary to masters, and at a number of institutions. 

Clayton is the Programme Coordinator of BA Communication Design and Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at the Creative Academy. He is serving on the Academic Committee, contributing to Curricula Design and the marketing and recruitment of the Academy.

Wiehan De Jager

Rowan Smith is a practicing artist and educator. His work takes the form of a multidisciplinary semiotic investigation into the ways in which cultural signs and signifiers can be read as artefacts. He examines how the meaning embedded in these artefacts fluctuates (and frequently deteriorates) in relation to ever-shifting sociopolitical contexts, often assuming a self-critical position which responds to his locality. Most recently, Smith has focussed this lens on the complexities and contradictions of post-apartheid South Africa in terms of class, capitalist economy, nationalism, globalisation and the relationship between the pervasive legacy of the past and the undefined present. He examines these concepts through acts of appropriation, defacement, destruction and reparation. By visualising the destruction of a society in this way, he intends to highlight the flaws embedded in its underlying structures that they may be acknowledged and confronted. Crucially, the physical materiality of the works is as important to his investigation as the concepts informing them; the two work in tandem in order to extrapolate the themes inherent to the artwork. 

Wiehan is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design and Illustration at the Creative Academy.


• SABS Design Achievers Awards finalists 2009, 2008, 2007• DMA Assegai Awards winners 2009, 2008• MCC Packaging Competition 3 finalists 2019, 5 finalists and 1 Bronze 2018• Loerie Awards 6 finalists 2020, 2 finalists and 1 Bronze 2009• Pendoring Awards 2 finalists and 1 Bronze 2020


Mitchell Gilbert Messina is a practising artist who makes videos, and talks about making paintings. His work looks at how we read images, make meaning, tell jokes and think through thoughts. As an educator in the Contemporary Art Degree programme at Creative Academy he teaches several courses that attempt to approach the art object and its production from a variety of angles – through creative and ekphrastic writing, through mimicking the visual languages of documentation, through moving image and sculpting with time, through mocking up and breaking down, and through exhaustively brainstorming the uses of objects until they break through their own utility and become art objects. He is known to talk. 

Linda Lee


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