13. Are there any schools or academies for arts in South Africa?

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There indeed several academies/schools of the arts in South Africa. Most tertiary institutions offer formal qualifications in various artistic disciplines and include amongst others:

  • Wits University
  • University of the North West
  • University of Natal
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Zululand
  • University of Natal
  • University of Free State etc,


In Gauteng and Western Cape Provinces thre are arts and culture magnet/focussed schools. These are public schools which are skewed towards the arts. There is the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein Johannesburg, Pro Arte Alphen Park in Pretoria, and East Rand School of the Arts in Ekurhuleni. Community Arts Academies include the following:

  • Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni
  • Alexandra Arts Centre
  • Fuba Academy
  • Funda Academy
  • Mmabana Foundation in the North West Provinces
  • Mmabana Arts Centre in Thaba Nchu Free State
  • Nyanga Arts Centre in Cape Town
  • Krodendal Music Academy in Cape Town
  • Keiskama Music Academic – Hamburg (East London)
  • BAT Centre in Durban