About us

Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC offers an exciting range of programmes and courses:

  • Full-time registered and accredited programmes
  • Part-time extra-curricular courses (non-credit bearing)
  • The Outreach Skills Programme (non-credit bearing)

The Ruth Prowse Art Centre was founded in 1970 by the renowned artist, Erik Laubscher which then became the Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC. RPSA opened its doors to the first students in 1971. RPSA is committed to an enriching education. We have a policy of non-discrimination based on race, colour, gender or religion that has been in place since the inception of the school.

The School has a vision to offer a balance between tradition and innovation and strives for excellence in the field of visual communication with an inter-relationship between theory and practice. The School is a world class environment that motivates original thought, creativity, aesthetics, cross-cultural artistic and educational exchange together with vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

All staff are united in the goal of developing visual literacy, exceptional practical portfolios and research skills. The full potential of each student is developed and practical skills, in conjunction with theory, are nurtured in a creative environment. Classes are kept small for individualised attention by a team of lecturers who are all still practising artists in their respective fields.

Non-discrimination Clause

Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC admits students of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programmes, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programmes and loan programmes, and athletic and other school administered programs.

For the purposes of statistical requirements for the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Council for Higher Education, South African students are requested to categorise themselves according to the following: African (Black African); Indian; Coloured; Asian; White.

Staff Members

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The academic Staff of Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC form a dynamic team who are specialists in their fields and experienced educators. All the lecturers are encouraged to be practising in their respective fields so that they are aware of all the latest cutting edge trends. Part-Time lecturers add to the rich diversity and expertise. Guest lecturers provide additional insight into the creative industries.

Our Staff

Registration and Accreditation

Registered with the Department of Education as a private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No. 2009/HE08/001

The three-year Diploma Courses are accredited with the Council for Higher Education

Current Donors

The School gratefully thanks the following for the generous support for 2024

The Erik Laubscher Heritage Trust
St Leger Lindbergh Trust
The Click Foundation
The South African Society of Artists (SASA)
Cape Tools &
Jewellery Supplies cc
Finegold Laboratory Services CC

Financial Assistance Programme

Click here to download the RPSA NPC Financial Assistance Form.

As Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC is committed to offering higher education for the wider community, a Financial Assistance program is in place. It is the mission of the school to redress the educational imbalances of the past by nurturing young talent for the future who do not have the resources. As the School is a non-governmental body that receives no educational support from NSFAS, the number of students that have the opportunity to access the scholarship fund is dependent on the generosity of our donors.

The financial support provides for full, substantive and partial tuition fees, materials and transport for the full duration of three-year program to deserving students of academic merit in financial need and for deserving students from historically disadvantaged communities. Students need to re-apply annually for each academic year.

Application forms can be e-mailed or can be downloaded.


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Ruth Prowse School of Art is committed to being an integral part of the wider community and fostering a range of creative expression and has full-time Diploma programmes, an extensive part-time programme and an innovative and expanding Outreach Skills program to serve the wider community and to redress the educational imbalances of the past.

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