Welcome to the School of Visual and Performing Arts in the Faculty of the Humanities at Nelson Mandela University. We have a long and proud history, with our roots in South Africa's oldest art school, the Port Elizabeth Art School, which was founded in 1882.

Prospective students can choose from a comprehensive range of programmes, from introductory level certificate courses right up to doctoral studies in Music and Visual Arts. In all of the programmes on offer, students receive individual tuition from highly skilled staff who are active practitioners in their fields.

Over the years students from the school have been award winners in a wide range of top national and international music, fine art, design and photography competitions. Our graduates have gone on to make valuable cultural contributions in their fields.