Graphic Design

  • Magazine Layout
    Tyler Scott

  • Illustration
    Willa Roos

  • Illustration
    Yann Forget Erasmus

  • Illustration
    Keana Carreira

  • Illustration
    Carla Latsky

A multi-faceted course to give designers or illustrators a wide variety of professional skills and a thorough knowledge of visual communication.

The program taught me that to create great design is about having a strong concept and to create or find your own unique visual style that will be identifiable by others.

- Mnoneleli Mbabala

Course Content

1st Year

Design and Advertising (Major)- 36 credits NQF5
Illustration- 12 credits NQF5
DTP - Photoshop- 12 credits NQF5
Drawing- 18 credits NQF5
Printmaking- 12 credits NQF5
Photography- 12 credits NQF5
History of Art - 18 credits NQF6

2nd Year

Design and Advertising (Major)- 36 credits NQF6
Illustration (Second Major)- 24 credits NQF6
DTP  - Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash and Dreamweaver- 18 credits NQF6
Techniques and Reproduction- 18 credits NQF6
History of Design - 18 credits NQF7
Professional Practice- 3 credits NQF6

3rd Year

Design and Advertising (Major)- 39 credits NQF6
Illustration (Second Major)-  24 credits NQF6
DTP - Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Flash and Dreamweaver- 15 credits NQF6
Extended Essay
- 36 credits NQF7
Professional Practice- 6 credits NQF7

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SAQA Qualification ID No. 49863

 This School for Graphic Design course is aimed at the student who wishes to become a professional within the broad field of design and/or illustration. The course at Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC offers a broad subject base enables students to acquire a wide variety of professional skills and a thorough knowledge of visual communication. The Graphic Design course ensures competency in generating both hands-on and digital artwork affords greater scope for the students. Small classes forge a strong group dynamic, which prepares students to work as part of a team in a professional studio, as well as allowing for individual interaction with lecturers. Instilling a sound work ethic through professional practice and business management skills, also allows students to establish themselves as successful, independent designers and entrepreneurs. Time management, meeting of deadlines and the ability to work under pressure are emphasized as being crucial to adaptation and survival within the industry. Simulation of industry practice includes student presentation of their work as though to a real client or superior in an agency. Critique sessions that facilitate group discussions, are an integral part of the feedback and assessment procedure of this course. Many projects are based on interaction with real clients and freelance assignments are encouraged. As part of professional practice, students of the Graphic Design department are motivated to participate in internships at businesses within industry. This experience in job-shadowing is a vital exercise in familiarization with the working environment. In order to stay abreast with latest trends and technological developments, the curriculum is continuously updated. Tuition involves the integration of theory and practice and final year students produce a professional portfolio with a related Extended Essay.

Students also acquire all knowledge required to utilise the appropriate computer technology. The course is run by a dynamic team of lecturers who are specialists in their fields. All the lecturers are encouraged to be practising designers and illustrators so that they are aware of all the latest cutting edge trends. The Staff at the School are committed to assisting students to realise their full individual potential. The School has a high quality educational structure within a friendly creative atmosphere. Classes are purposely kept small to facilitate individualised attention. Students are exposed to the industry with many projects that are based on interaction with real clients, the opportunity to work shadow and freelance opportunities. An enriching, open tuition is encouraged by cross-pollination of ideas and methodologies.

All courses are offered subject to sufficient demand.

Application forms

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As class numbers are limited, prospective students are advised to apply earlier.

Course fees

FEES 2017

The academic fees for 2017 are R 47 730 for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. 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 fees for 2017 are R 52 503 for Foreign students and are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the VISA application.

All foreign students are required to pay the 50% of their fees prior to documents being generated for a Study Visa. If the student is not granted a VISA, the fees less the Registration Fee may be refunded.


Student Fees may be paid in cash, by credit card, a direct bank deposit or by way of Internet transfer. Please note that students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits to the school's account. A copy of payment of fees must be faxed or e-mailed as proof of payment with clear identification of the student name. Student Fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans whereby fees are to be settled in equal monthly instalments from January to November (11 Months) at no interest can be applied for in writing to the Board of Directors at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R 9000 for Registration by 01 February 2017  and  10 payments of R 3 873from the end of February to the end of November 2017


Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transferas reflected in the school's account or cash received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 01 February 2017and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2017 for payments via EFT

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