Fine Art

Fine Art

The Diploma in Fine Art is a diverse programme which will provide you with unique skills to enter the visual arts industry.

Diploma in Fine Art - three-year Diploma at NQF6 with 360 credits
SAQA Qualification ID No. 49864

The artist plays an important role in society by expressing observations of social norms, value systems and cultural practices.

Photograph by Matthew Slot

 We celebrate creative authenticity and encourage the development of the student's art world identity through traditional practical skills, whilst simultaneously developing the student's ability to express their observations and perspectives through visual language and a range of media. Students are exposed to

  • Traditional methodologies which are then challenged through experimentation
  • Pushing the boundaries of contemporary art practice
  • Drawing and illustration
  • Painting and mixed media
  • Illustration and printmaking
  • Photography, video and installation

Fine Art subjects are consolidated in the second year of study with areas of specialization aimed at increasing your opportunity to discover your own visual signature. The programme culminates in your chosen area of specialization in third year with the production of a student-orientated professional body of work with a related extended essay. Information imparted to students is relevant and related to both classical and contemporary art practice to ensure that students benefit from a comprehensive body of knowledge.

The programme is presented by a dynamic team of lecturers and guest lecturers who are practicing artists in their respective fields. Staff are united in a common goal of educational excellence within the framework of a nurturing atmosphere and are committed to helping students realise their full potential.

Course Content

1st Year


Painting and Mixed Media (Major)
48 credits NQF5

18 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5


Visual Discourse
18 credits NQF6

2nd Year


Practical Major (Major)
54 credits NQF6

Printmaking or Photography or Illustration (Second Major)
24 credits NQF6

18 credits NQF6


Cultural Studies
18 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Practical Major ( Elective Body of Work)
63 credits NQF6

6 credits NQF6

Professional Portfolio
9 credits NQF6


Extended Essay
30 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
12 credits NQF7


Academic Fees
2020 R59 750 for SA and SADC students

Registration Fee

The Registration fee is included in the total fee and payable in advance to secure the academic space offered.


The fees for 2020 are R59750 for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R9660. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. There are no application fees.

Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any Forex. All students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits.

There are no application fees.

The fees for 2020 are R65725 for non-SADC foreign students. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the Visa application.

Visa documents will only be generated once payment has been received. If the student is not granted a visa, the fees less the registration fee may be refunded.


Student fees may be paid via the website or directly in person to the admin office. Student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans. After the payment of the Registration Fee, fees can be settled in equal monthly installments from February to October (9 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R9660 for Registration by 10 December  and 9 payments of R5 565.56 from the end of February to the end of October 2020.


Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transfer as reflected in the School's account or cash received by the administration office. There are no discounts for credit card payments. There are no discounts on the Registration Fees for foreign students who are not SADC. SA and SADC students: A discount of R5975 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2987.50 by 28 February 2020 for full settlement of fees via EFT or in cash directly to administration at the school.  For foreign students: A discount of R5606.50 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2803.25 by 28 February 2020.

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