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)


CTU Training Solutions


Design School Southern Africa (DSSA)

ELMI College

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


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


Keyline Graphics

Pixel Craft

348 Responses

    | Reply

    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??

  3. Faeez
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    Hi, I’m looking to study UX or UI and I know a lot of multimedia courses offer it in the final year where would you suggest is a good place to study multimedia design

  4. Pauline
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    hello, I was also looking at Style Design College and was wondering if anyone managed to find out if this is a legitimate college?

  5. Leele
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    Hello, drwing is my talent so i supposed to design because i am good with drawing, i wish one day to design my new models cars that will be including for disabilities people like me to feel like everybody. so the problem is i didint finish at school but i need the college who deal with dwaing pls

    • Erica
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      Hi Leele, you will need a National Senior Certificate to study Graphic Design.

  6. Sampson
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    Hi I’m also looking for a place to study and to study something that will have a positive out put after my studies but I don’t know what to study and I’m good at art but I don’t know what to study.

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