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.

FINE ART 2 STUDIO-Photograph by Moses Chisale

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)
36 credits NQF5

30 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5


History of Art
18 credits NQF6

2nd Year


Practical Major (Major)
57 credits NQF6

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

18 credits NQF6


Cultural Studies 1
8 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
3 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Practical Major ( Elective Body of Work)
63 credits NQF6

6 credits NQF6

Critical Industry Skills
9 credits NQF6


Extended Essay
36 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF7


Academic Fees
R 51 350* for SA and SADC students

Registration Fee

The Registration fee is included in the total fee.

FEES 2017

The projected total academic fees* for 2018 are R 51 350 for local and SADC students. The registration fee is R9000. The registration fee is included in the total fee.

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

There are no application fees.

The projected total academic fees* for 2018 are R56 485 for foreign students. The registration fee is R 9000. The registration fee is included in the total price. 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. Fees are to be settled in equal monthly installments from January to December (12 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.

R9000 for Registration by 01 February 2018 and 11 payments of R 3 850 from the end of February to the end of December 2018.


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. A discount of 10% at Registration by 1 February 2018 and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2018 for full settlement of fees.

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