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)


CTI Education Group

  • See Website for locations
  • BA Graphic Design (MGI)
  • www.cti.co.za


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

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


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


Pixel Craft

272 Responses

  1. Gameda Benefeld

    Hi Erica
    My daughter has graduated with a degree in Education from CPUT.She now wants to do a graphic design course but not for 3 years.UCT is offering a short course.Is that advisable and what can you do with it in her situation?

  2. Hello Erica
    Im in a dilemma here, Im considering the e-learning option of Style Design college, it all sounds wonderful, only problem is How do i know for sure if it’s accredited by South africa? I found an article where their Accredited status was stripped a few years ago. This is what their site says :

    Accreditation is an ongoing process as colleges such as SDC strive to improve and add new programs to meet the needs of industry. SDC enjoys accreditations and affiliations with the following bodies below. South African applicants are required to contact these bodies for information on the program accreditation status before applying.

    How am i supposed to contact the SA bodies to verify? I’d really appreciate any help you can offer

  3. My name is Malcolm I’m 38 years old and would love to get into graphic design. Am I too old and how do I go about doing it. I did a course in 1995-1997 did not pursue it as I went into something else .I am currently residing in Gauteng and I am unemployed.(Where can I get an internhip)

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