Where to study graphic design in South Africa

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So you want to be a graphic designer and don’t know where to start? Well back in the day when I decided to study graphic design there weren’t many design schools to choose from, but today you have a choice of independent schools, colleges, universities and universities of technology. You can do a short course, diploma or even a degree.

Graphic design is a great occupation! So to help you begin, here is a list of design schools in South Africa. To assist future students I have added a school rating system. Please give the schools listed a fair and honest rating.

Independent Schools & College

AAA School of Advertising

Artshub Institute

Cape Town Creative Academy (CTCA)

CityVarsity

CTU Training Solutions

DADA

Design School Southern Africa (DSSA)

friends of design

Greenside Design Center

Inscape Design College

  • Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
  • Graphic Design Diploma or Degree
  • www.inscape.co.za

Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI)

Oakfields College

  • East Rand, Pretoria and Somerset West
  • Two Year Graphic Design Course
  • 010 591 7314 | 012 361 0416 | 021 850 0383
  • www.oakfieldscollege.co.za

Prestige Academy

Red and Yellow Graphic Design

Rosebank College

Style Design College

Vega School of Brand Leadership

  • Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
  • BA Degree in Brand Building and Management
  • www.vegaschool.com

Universities

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

North West University

University of Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg
  • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
  • www.uj.ac.za

University of Pretoria

University of Stellenbosch

Universities of Technology

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Central University of Technology

Tshwane University of Technology

Vaal University of Technology

  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Department of Visual Arts and Design
  • www.vut.ac.za

Short Courses

Boston City Campus & Business College

GetSmarter

Keyline Graphics

Pixel Craft

342 Responses

  1. PHILLIP
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    I’ve finished my matric last year & im keen in studying graphic design at tut but I don’t have a design portfolio what should I do if I ain’t studied GD before.?

  2. Tebogo Mothiba
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    Hi Erica

    I’m very good at drawing and I’m thinking of applying at TUT for graphic design course but the problem is that they need a portfolio when applying for graphic design and I don’t know what to put inside the portfolio. should I include like my favorite pictures of artist that I have drawn??

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