Study in the heart of Cape Town
If you are a foreign undergraduate design student in digital/graphic or new media design – then this is for you!
Friends of Design offers design students an amazing opportunity to spend 3 months in Cape Town, at our Academy, on a program that fits into your current graphic design study program.
Part of your week will be spent in our studios, engaged in digital training and exciting, conceptually rich projects in either print, web or game design.
Our centrally located studios are equipped with the best and latest design software and equipment. Our lecturers are industry experienced trainers, designers and commercial artists. With us you will get excellent software training, inclusive of essential production techniques and conceptual work. By the end of it you will have up to 6 great new design pieces to add to your portfolio.
The remainder of your week will be filled with time to research and work on your projects – and time to enjoy the city and surrounding areas.
So, why study at Friends of Design?
Here are the facts in a nutshell:
- You will experience the culture of an exciting, different multi-cultural country with the most progressive and modern constitution in the world
- You will boost your portfolio with many more practical projects for your final portfolio
- You will receive quality training – delivered in a funky, creative environment
- You will continue your normal studies and even further enhance your portfolio as you are influenced by the impressions and experiences of studying abroad and let’s face it – in Africa!
- You get to improve your English – vastly
- You will enjoy (on a daily basis) the beautifully hip city of Cape Town. Its gorgeous beaches and mountain landscapes, the famous wine-lands and the friendly South African hospitality that makes Cape Town such a popular travel destination amongst Europeans, and Germans in particular.
You can choose one of the following courses:
Print Design & Publishing
- Layout Design Principles & Techniques (Adobe InDesign for ELECTRONIC Publishing)
- Professional Practice
- Finishing Art & Cross Media
- LIVE Project
Web Publishing & Interactive Media
- Digital Publishing (HTML for ePub)
- Programming Fundamentals 1
- Web Technologies 04 (PHP, WordPress & eCommerce)
- Precompiled Technologies (Introduction to Precompiled Technologies & Web Workflow)
You must be 18 years of age or older, you must have obtained a Matric Certificate and you must be fluent in spoken and written English. Previous Art or Design training at a school level is an advantage.
Who are Friends of Design?
Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts is Cape Town’s leading digital training institution. The college was founded in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength, offering its students forward-thinking training for an equally dynamic and multi-faceted industry. Studying with FoD will give you a unique opportunity to develop your design skills in a creative, stimulating environment, where the creation of compelling digital solutions is the primary focus. Let our expert lecturers lead the way as they help you take your first steps into the exciting world of digital design.
In which language are the courses taught?
All training is delivered in English; which means that it is important that you have a strong command of both the written and spoken word. Your level of fluency in English is your key to fully understanding the course material.
When does the Study Abroad semester start/run?
The Study Abroad Program is divided into 2 Modules which can be booked according to your personal interests & time schedule.
Print Design & Publishing: 14.08. – 29.10.2017
Web Publishing & Interactive Media: 31.07. – 27.10.2017
How do I apply for the Study Abroad Program?
Please send us an email with your details and let us know in which course and module you would like to enrol. We will then send you an enrolment form and supply you further details.
Do I need a Visa to study in South Africa?
European citizens, who would like to visit South Africa, need not apply for a Visa, unless their stay will be for 3 months or longer.
Do I need any special vaccination?
There is no malaria in Cape Town, however, if you are planning a trip to the Eastern Cape, we highly recommended that you acquire a malaria prophylaxis.
Who trains us?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
What are your students like?
They are a mixed bag – some have just finished school, whilst others have a degree in Visual Communications and wish to round up their technical skills. Some are just 18, and some are moms of two. What they all have in common is a passion and love of Design!
Do you provide accommodation?
Friends of Design doesn't provide accommodation, but we do have two great and close by student residences:
Where is the best place for me to live in Cape Town?
Friends of Design are conveniently located in the bustling heart of central Cape Town. The following list of districts is ideally suited for making your commute to college simple and will help you avoid most of the busy traffic: Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, City Bowl, Camps Bay, Green Point, Sea Point, Woodstock or Observatory.
How long are classes?
Classes run from 08.30 – 12.30, Monday to Friday. Students are welcomed to stay after class to work on projects until 17.00 Mon – Fri.
How big are your classes?
We take up to 30 students maximum per class, so big enough to not stand out and small enough to receive personal attention.
Do you provide machines & software?
Yes. All students have a work station (Apple Mac) with the latest software loaded.
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We had great study projects that were very similar to actual work projects, so that was amazing.
I had a blast at FOD and it broadened my skill range to such an extent that I can do more in my job than expected.
My experience was very favourable. I found the college head to be very accomodating and understanding, the lecturers always very friendly.
Friends of Design opened me up to the digital world and that helped me choose what I wanted to do with my career.
I have learned WAY more in the year with FOD than other juniors who studied for an entire 3 years at a well known institutions.
Now I feel very confident with my software skills. It definitely prepared me for the working environment!