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Hiddingh Hall Library Guide: Journals for the Visual Arts

A guide for Drama, History of Art and Fine Art students

Top journals for the Visual Arts

The following list is sourced from Google Scholar's Top Publications metrics page for Visual Arts. If you experience difficulties with access from this page, please go to Primo's Journal Search, enter the journal title, and select an appropriate database from which to access the journal.

  1. Studies in Art Education
  2. Art Education
  3. International Journal of Art & Design Education
  4. Leonardo
  5. Digital Creativity
  6. Journal of Visual Culture
  7. Design and Culture
  8. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
  9. The Senses and Society
  10. Third Text
  11. The Art Bulletin
  12. International Journal of Education Through Art
  13. Museum Worlds
  14. Art History
  15. Visual Arts Research
  16. Artforum
  17. Journal of Design History
  18. History of Photography
  19. Art Journal
  20. Visual Inquiry

Journals with South African and African coverage:

  1. ADA: Architecture Design Art. Johannesburg, from 1989 to 1996. Founded by Jennifer Sorrell
  2. Africa e Mediterraneo 
  3. African Arts
  4. Afriche e Orienti
  5. Africultures
  6. Afrik'Art. Dakar, from 2005 and associated with the Dakar Biennale.
  7. Art Africa (was Art South Africa)
  8. Art nègre. Namur, Belgium. 
  9. Arts d'Afrique Noire, then "Arts Premiers". Arnouville, France.
  10. ArtThrob
  11. Atlantica Revista de Arte y Pensamiento
  12. Black Art. Claremont, USA, from 1976.
  13. Chimurenga
  14. Critical Arts 
  15. De Arte 
  16. Drum Magazine (Print Journal) Website:
  17. Image & Text: a journal for design 
  18. NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art
  19. New Culture: A Review of Contemporary African Arts. Founded by Demas Nwoko, New Culture Studios Ibadan, Nigeria, from 1978.
  20. Revue Noire
  21. Savvy: Art, Contemporary, African
  22. South African Art Times
  23. South African Journal of Art History  
  24. South African Journal of Cultural History 
  25. South African Museums Association Bulletin 
  26. Staffrider (Print journal)
  27. Third Text Africa 
  28. Transitions Magazine: a journal of the Arts, Culture & Society

For a full list of journals approved by the Department of Higher Education (DHET)  refer to our Accredited Journals page.