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info@ctca.co.za

Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 16:00
+27 (0)21 201 1150

Silo 5, 2nd Floor, Silo District,
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Creativity demands the right environment to flourish. Named the World Design Capital in 2014, Cape Town offers the perfect backdrop to studying in the creative field. A truly diverse and cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is a multi-cultural tourism hotspot that offers the perfect life/study balance. Regularly voted the best city in the world to visit, Cape Town celebrates heritage and diversity, champions art and design, supports entrepreneurship and innovation, and drives positive social, economic, and environmental change.

How to Apply as an International Student

The Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd, admits applicants based on their academic record, artistic inclination and general aptitude, The Creative Academy is guided by and adheres to the guidelines presented by the South African Department of Higher Education. Since applicants have to be selected to enrol at the Cape Town Creative Academy it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Applications must preferably reach the Cape Town Creative Academy before the end of November. When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid.

Applicants who have received an acceptance letter may proceed with the registration process. Please note that enrolling at the CTCA is a two-step process: You first need to apply, and once accepted, you can register. Your spot in your selected programme is only secure once you pay the registration fee and complete the registration process.

Admission Requirements

English language proficiency

The CTCA makes use of English as the official language of delivery. All class presentations, notes and briefs are prepared in English. Students are expected to be proficient in English in order to convey academic knowledge with ease in writing, presentations and practical projects.

International students from non-English speaking countries who wish to improve their academic language proficiency are advised to enrol for the English for Academic Purposes course at the University of Cape Town or take the recognised Cambridge English Proficiency exam that proves that a candidate is fluent in English and can read, speak, listen and communicate in an English speaking environment.

Academic Requirements

Applicants whose school-leaving certificates or other qualifications were issued by an international institution must submit their qualifications – translated to English – to SAQA for evaluation to determine the NQF level of the qualification. Please visit www.saqa.org.za.

In order to apply at the Cape Town Creative Academy, a candidate needs an APS of at least 22. Applications must include the applicant’s most recent Grade 12 academic transcripts in order to calculate an APS according to the applicable values.

FOR INTERNATIONAL APS EQUIVALENTS VIEW THIS TABLE.

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STEP 1

Compile a portfolio of works

Applicants must compile a portfolio of at least five of their own artworks, which may include artworks such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, animations and design projects. These artworks must be presented as either good quality photographs or scans, not exceeding 5MB each, and uploaded to the Application form (see link below).

STEP 2

Pay the application fee and submit the application form

When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid.

BANKING DETAILS

Account holder: Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch no: 580105
Account no: 10011 614 972
Account type: Current account
Reference: Please use the Applicant’s Name & Surname

Swift Code for international transactions: IVESZAJJXXX

STEP 3

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) & Credit ACCUMULATION Transfer (CAT)

The Creative Academy adheres to the principles of RPL as set forth by SAQA in the “National Policy for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning” (March 2013) and the “Policy for Credit Accumulation and Transfer within the National Qualifications Framework” (December 2014).

In order to determine a candidate’s accumulated credit transfer the Academic Committee may arrange an interview with the candidate (in person or via Skype) to assess the relevance and standard of prior learning or vocational experience. In compliance with national policy, the Creative Academy awards a maximum of 180 credits (of the 360 necessary to complete a BA qualification) to candidates who successfully provide evidence of an appropriate level of competency and/or experience.

Due to the specialised nature of programmes offered by the Creative Academy, candidates might however be expected to complete specific foundation year courses, despite their completion of a first year course at another institution. In this event, candidates receive financial discount on the tuition costs of their foundation year courses.

RPL is awarded:

  • On the basis of completion, or partial completion of learning programmes in a similar vocational field, on an appropriate NQF level, or
  • professional experience within a relevant vocational field, in the case of applicants that are 23 years of age or older.

The Creative Academy provides credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) to students who wish to transfer from other institutions that offer similar programmes.

In order to apply for RPL/CAT candidates must submit:

  • Application form (select relevant form).
  • Certified copy of ID document.
  • Complete academic transcript of all programmes, courses and modules completed.
  • Portfolio of recent work (produced in fulfilment of the requirements of a programme, course or module, or within a professional capacity).
  • Letter stating a candidate’s motivation for transferring to the Creative Academy.

Visa Requirements

All international students enrolling for studies in South Africa must comply with the Visa Regulations in the Immigration Act (Act No. 13 0f 2002). Read more

If you are a foreign student and wish to study in South Africa you must apply for a study visa by completing Form BI-1738

Study visas must be applied for at a VFS Centre near the educational institution you will be studying at or at the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad. Study visas shall be issued for the duration of the course registered for.

The following documents must be submitted with the BI-1738 application form:

  • A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit
  • 
Payment of the prescribed fee 

  • A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act
  • 
Proof of financial means to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to also pay for the tuition fees. This should be in the form of: 

    • bank statements 

    • cash available,
    • or 
travellers’ cheques 

  • Proof of medical cover 

  • A cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket.
  • In the case of African students, an undertaking from the relevant government to take full responsibility of the student and to pay all costs, should it become necessary to deport the student 

  • Medical and radiology reports 

  • 
An official letter from the educational institution, where you intend to study, confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course.
  • 
Proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
  • 
If you are 18 years and older, a police clearance certificate from each country in which you resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18 years is required. This should be submitted with the application 


The holder of a study visa may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week.

Insurance

It is compulsory for international students enrolling at South African institutions to have medical aid or health insurance with a recognised service provider in South Africa for the duration of their studies. Proof of medical insurance must be provided with your visa application.

Various reputable medical schemes offer affordable medical insurance to international students. Please note that Cape Town Creative Academy is not affiliated with any medical aid provider. Arrangements and payments must be done directly with the chosen medical scheme. For more information on medical insurance options click here.

Transport and Accommodation

Cape Town Creative Academy doesn’t offer student residences at its campus, but Cape Town offers various affordable student accommodation. A list of offerings can be obtained from our Student Recruitment Officer Adam Yeld. Please note that while the CTCA screens accommodation options we are not directly
affiliated with any of the accommodation options we recommend.

The public MyCiti bus covers all the areas of Cape Town and surroundings and a MyCiti bus stop is conveniently situated at the campus entrance at the V&A Waterfront.

Exchange Programmes

The Cape Town Creative Academy only accepts exchange students on the basis of inter-institutional arrangements with particular higher education institutions. If you are eager to nominate the CTCA as a potential exchange partner, please request that that the head of your learning programme reach out to the CTCA by contacting info@ctca.co.za

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Creativity demands the right environment to flourish. Named the World Design Capital in 2014, Cape Town offers the perfect backdrop to studying in the creative field. A truly diverse and cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is a multi-cultural tourism hotspot that offers the perfect life/study balance. Regularly voted the best city in the world to visit, Cape Town celebrates heritage and diversity, champions art and design, supports entrepreneurship and innovation, and drives positive social, economic, and environmental change.

How to Apply as an International Student

The Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd, admits applicants based on their academic record, artistic inclination and general aptitude, The Creative Academy is guided by and adheres to the guidelines presented by the South African Department of Higher Education. Since applicants have to be selected to enrol at the Cape Town Creative Academy it is advisable to apply as soon as possible. Applications must preferably reach the Cape Town Creative Academy before the end of November. When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid.

Applicants who have received an acceptance letter may proceed with the registration process. Please note that enrolling at the CTCA is a two-step process: You first need to apply, and once accepted, you can register. Your spot in your selected programme is only secure once you pay the registration fee and complete the registration process.

Admission Requirements

English language proficiency

The CTCA makes use of English as the official language of delivery. All class presentations, notes and briefs are prepared in English. Students are expected to be proficient in English in order to convey academic knowledge with ease in writing, presentations and practical projects.

International students from non-English speaking countries who wish to improve their academic language proficiency are advised to enrol for the English for Academic Purposes course at the University of Cape Town or take the recognised Cambridge English Proficiency exam that proves that a candidate is fluent in English and can read, speak, listen and communicate in an English speaking environment.

Academic Requirements

Applicants whose school-leaving certificates or other qualifications were issued by an international institution must submit their qualifications – translated to English – to SAQA for evaluation to determine the NQF level of the qualification. Please visit www.saqa.org.za.

In order to apply at the Cape Town Creative Academy, a candidate needs an APS of at least 22. Applications must include the applicant’s most recent Grade 12 academic transcripts in order to calculate an APS according to the applicable values.

FOR INTERNATIONAL APS EQUIVALENTS VIEW THIS TABLE.

STEP 1

Compile a portfolio of works

Applicants must compile a portfolio of at least five of their own artworks, which may include artworks such as drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, animations and design projects. These artworks must be presented as either good quality photographs or scans, not exceeding 5MB each, and uploaded to the Application form (see link below).

STEP 2

Pay the application fee and submit the application form

When you submit your application, a non-refundable application fee of R1000 must be paid.

BANKING DETAILS

Account holder: Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch no: 580105
Account no: 10011 614 972
Account type: Current account
Reference: Please use the Applicant’s Name & Surname

Swift Code for international transactions: IVESZAJJXXX

STEP 3

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) & Credit ACCUMULATION Transfer (CAT)

The Creative Academy adheres to the principles of RPL as set forth by SAQA in the “National Policy for the Implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning” (March 2013) and the “Policy for Credit Accumulation and Transfer within the National Qualifications Framework” (December 2014).

In order to determine a candidate’s accumulated credit transfer the Academic Committee may arrange an interview with the candidate (in person or via Skype) to assess the relevance and standard of prior learning or vocational experience. In compliance with national policy, the Creative Academy awards a maximum of 180 credits (of the 360 necessary to complete a BA qualification) to candidates who successfully provide evidence of an appropriate level of competency and/or experience.

Due to the specialised nature of programmes offered by the Creative Academy, candidates might however be expected to complete specific foundation year courses, despite their completion of a first year course at another institution. In this event, candidates receive financial discount on the tuition costs of their foundation year courses.

RPL is awarded:

  • On the basis of completion, or partial completion of learning programmes in a similar vocational field, on an appropriate NQF level, or
  • professional experience within a relevant vocational field, in the case of applicants that are 23 years of age or older.

The Creative Academy provides credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) to students who wish to transfer from other institutions that offer similar programmes.

In order to apply for RPL/CAT candidates must submit:

  • Application form (select relevant form).
  • Certified copy of ID document.
  • Complete academic transcript of all programmes, courses and modules completed.
  • Portfolio of recent work (produced in fulfilment of the requirements of a programme, course or module, or within a professional capacity).
  • Letter stating a candidate’s motivation for transferring to the Creative Academy.

Visa Requirements

All international students enrolling for studies in South Africa must comply with the Visa Regulations in the Immigration Act (Act No. 13 0f 2002). Read more

If you are a foreign student and wish to study in South Africa you must apply for a study visa by completing Form BI-1738

Study visas must be applied for at a VFS Centre near the educational institution you will be studying at or at the nearest South African embassy, mission or consulate abroad. Study visas shall be issued for the duration of the course registered for.

The following documents must be submitted with the BI-1738 application form:

  • A passport valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of intended visit
  • 
Payment of the prescribed fee 

  • A vaccination certificate, if required by the Act
  • 
Proof of financial means to cover envisaged living expenses during the sojourn in the Republic and to also pay for the tuition fees. This should be in the form of: 

    • bank statements 

    • cash available,
    • or 
travellers’ cheques 

  • Proof of medical cover 

  • A cash deposit equivalent to the value of a return ticket.
  • In the case of African students, an undertaking from the relevant government to take full responsibility of the student and to pay all costs, should it become necessary to deport the student 

  • Medical and radiology reports 

  • 
An official letter from the educational institution, where you intend to study, confirming provisional acceptance and the duration of the course.
  • 
Proof of medical cover renewed annually for the period of study with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act.
  • 
If you are 18 years and older, a police clearance certificate from each country in which you resided for 12 months or longer since the age of 18 years is required. This should be submitted with the application 


The holder of a study visa may conduct part-time work for a period not exceeding 20 hours per week.

Insurance

It is compulsory for international students enrolling at South African institutions to have medical aid or health insurance with a recognised service provider in South Africa for the duration of their studies. Proof of medical insurance must be provided with your visa application.

Various reputable medical schemes offer affordable medical insurance to international students. Please note that Cape Town Creative Academy is not affiliated with any medical aid provider. Arrangements and payments must be done directly with the chosen medical scheme. For more information on medical insurance options click here.

Transport and Accommodation

Cape Town Creative Academy doesn’t offer student residences at its campus, but Cape Town offers various affordable student accommodation. A list of offerings can be obtained from our Student Recruitment Officer Adam Yeld. Please note that while the CTCA screens accommodation options we are not directly
affiliated with any of the accommodation options we recommend.

The public MyCiti bus covers all the areas of Cape Town and surroundings and a MyCiti bus stop is conveniently situated at the campus entrance at the V&A Waterfront.

Exchange Programmes

The Cape Town Creative Academy only accepts exchange students on the basis of inter-institutional arrangements with particular higher education institutions. If you are eager to nominate the CTCA as a potential exchange partner, please request that that the head of your learning programme reach out to the CTCA by contacting info@ctca.co.za

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