Missed the Friends of Design Early Bird Bursary applications? Fear not! There’s still time to get in on the action with our Full-Time Bursary applications in full swing for the 2019 academic year! 

If you have a creative spark just waiting to be set alight, but don’t have the cash to finance your dreams, read on. This could be your chance to join one of South Africa’s most progressive digital arts academies and turn your creative potential into real-world, marketable skills. 

Who sponsors Friends of Design Full-Time Bursaries? 

At Friends of Design, education and employability go hand in hand. We have an excellent reputation for producing skilled graduates who contribute to their industries from day one. This reputation has enabled us to secure sponsorship from a wide range of businesses, many of which aim to increase and diversify their talent pools by financing the education of candidates who match specific profiles. 

Keen to become a corporate sponsor? Click here to learn more about skills development and changing lives with Friends of Design. 

Do I fit the profile? 

Every sponsor has a different idea of the ideal candidate, so we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to fill out the bursary forms. Preference is usually given to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, but a range of other factors are also taken into consideration when matching candidates with sponsors*.  

You never know until you try – what have you got to lose?  

*Funding is at the discretion of corporate sponsors and cannot be guaranteed if no appropriate match is found. 

What do the bursaries cover? 

Friends of Design Full-Time Bursaries cover all the tuition fees for our one-year, full-time courses, but do not typically include additional expenses like consumable course materials.  

Qualifying Full-Time Courses 

Print Design & Publishing (Higher Certificate) 

Must love: design & illustration 

Learn to create logos, brochures, book covers, adverts and layouts while getting to grips with fundamental design principles and creative problem solving. You’ll be a pro at InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop by the end of the year! Read more. 

Web Publishing & Interactive Media (Higher Certificate) 

Must love: bridging the gap between development & design 

Combine development and design skills to create websites that are as beautiful as they are functional and learn to leverage next-level interactive media like motion graphics, film production processes and visual effects. Read more. 

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment (Higher Certificate) 

Must love: game technology & conceptualisation 

Get down to the business of gaming and learn to conceptualise, plan, pitch and produce professional games. You’ll use cutting edge technologies like mobile platforms, augmented reality and social networks and open the doors to a wide array of careers. Read more. 

How to apply 

Step 1: Make sure you’re passionate about a career in the digital arts. Our courses aren’t for slackers, and you’ll need to convince us that you have the skill and commitment to make it through. (A compelling cover letter and portfolio of previous work showing off your creative abilities is a good start!)  

Step 2: Make sure you fulfil the entry criteria. Bursary applicants must be South African citizens and have a Matric Certificate. Preference will be given to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, but anyone with a talent and passion for the digital arts can apply. 

Step 3: Request a bursary application form by emailing bursary@friendsofdesign.net or download them here 

Good luck – we hope to see you in 2019!