Digital Arts Scholarships at Friends of Design

Are you a South Africa student with a passion for digital arts? If you are looking for a scholarship opportunity then take a look at the Digital Arts scholarships at Friends of Design. The South African Academy of Digital Arts is proud to offer financial assistance for outstanding students wishing to pursue full time studies in this field. If you are one of them, you are more than welcome to apply today!

Scholarship Overview



Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts was established in 2006. It is one of the top design education institutes in South Africa situated in Cape Town. The institution is recognised as well as accredited by the Department of Higher Education. It provides a wide range of full time courses; online courses; short courses and corporate training programs. This academy is committed to providing support for skills development in the creative fields, along with providing study opportunities for students that come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to enter into the industry.

This year, applications for the Digital Arts scholarships at Friends of Design are open for South African students who otherwise couldn’t fund their studies without the award. This call targets at students who show a genuine passion as well as talent in the field of digital arts. Candidates who have finished matric and would like to pursue their studies towards a certificate qualification can apply.

Eligible programs:

The institution offers up to three SAQA-approved Higher Certificate courses for all students interested in studying full time. The length of the study is one year. The courses all consist of 152 credits and HEQSF-aligned. They include the following:

  • Web Publishing and Interactive Media
  • Print Design and Publishing
  • Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment
Other opportunity:  Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship for South African Students

The scholarship is worth R 76800 and is tenable to cover the tuition fees. You can visit this page to find out more about the programs.

Entry requirements:

All candidates must ensure they fulfil the following minimum entry criteria before applying. If you fail to meet all these requirements, then your application will not be considered.

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed matric
  • You must be passionate about pursuing a career in digital arts
  • You must intend on studying at the Institution, towards one of the courses mentioned above

Students who come from previously disadvantaged background will receive preference.

Application Method

If you meet the entire minimum criteria and would like to apply for the Digital Arts scholarships at Friends of Design, please email [email protected] in order to request a copy of an application form. Use the following subject line: Friends of Design Bursary – your full name

Then, you must submit the following clear copies along with the application form:

  • A certified copy of ID document
  • A certified copy of matric certificate
  • Portfolio of previous work completed
  • A cover letter to support your application

This call does not have a fixed closing date as interested applicants are allowed to submit their applications any time. Therefore, applications are open all year round.

For more information, please contact the Institution via:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 021 300 0298


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