This course has been designed to offer world class concept art education in South Africa. It begins with the focus on fundamentals which includes the study of perspective, drawing and anatomy, digital painting and basic 3D modelling. Students are taught the fundamentals of design, which focuses on visual storytelling; to design everything from day to day objects, characters, creatures, vehicles, buildings and environments. Students will create projects for the film and video games industries, create standalone illustrations and storyboards; and advance their art skills to new levels of excellence.

This course is for the visually inclined. It is for those would want to sharpen their drawing and digital painting skills and learn new ways of using technology such as photo content and 3D to further enhance their artwork. If you wish to takes serious steps towards investing in your artistic and conceptual abilities, and believe that a career in concept art or its related industries is the way forward, then this is the course for you.

Note: At the end of this course you will receive a non-NQF aligned certificate of completion and statement of your results. It is important to understand that this course is not a Higher Education Programme in terms of the Higher Educational Act 101 of 1997, and thus does not lead to a qualification registered on the SAQA. The aim of the year is further to create an industry-ready portfolio which is essentially your CV in the creative industry.


The year is packed with theoretical and practical training that includes:

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What Are The Entry Requirements?

You must have a valid senior/matric / grade 12 certificate or NQF4 equivalent.
Please provide answers to all the questions and submit the portfolio (PDF or Printed A4) with the documents requested in the enrolment application form.



How Much Does The Course Cost?

The annual course fee for 2020 is R76 800, and includes a year licence for the Adobe Creative Suite. Various payment options are available, and detailed in the application form, along with our general admin fees.

What are the 2020 Course Dates?


What are the 2020 Course Dates?

The term dates for the year 2020 are:
– Term 1: 04 Feb – 12 Apr
– Term 2: 22 Apr – 21 Jun
– Term 3: 08 Jul – 06 Sep
– Term 4: 16 Sep – 22 Nov


The Distinguished
Talent Scholarship

Do You Offer Scholarships?

If you have the goods to shine, the “Distinguished Talent Scholarship” programme is for you. One scholarship is awarded to the candidate who most impresses us and shows initiative to achieve their full potential.

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Full-time-concept: Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities.

Concept Artist for Film, Video Games or Animation | Illustrator

Full-time concept art: Meet your lecturers

Meet your lecturersThey are pretty Awesome!

Andrew Avvakoumides

Head of Concept Art

Full-time Concept Art Testimonials

What people say about usTestimonials from students and industry.

Being one of the students who applied straight out of high school,I have no regrets about my decision. I love it here at Friends Of Design! The lecturers are all lovely, the location is amazing, and the coffee is delicious. I am amazed at how far I have come as a designer in such a short time and all the opportunities I have received thanks to the college.

Amber Pitcher
Graphic Design + Web Design + Game Technology, 2016 – 2018

Almost everything I did while at FoD has helped my career, from design to video editing. I’m now a full-stack web developer preparing to start my own game studio in a year or two.

Kenny Web
Graphic Design + Web Design + Game Technology, 2014 – 2016

Friends of Design stands out as a forward thinking innovative force in higher education that enables students to propel into a creative future. Friends of Design has added tremendous value to the community by generously sharing their knowledge, creativity and expertise, as well as empowering their students to focus on real-world projects.

Dr. Elizabeth Barclay
Western Cape Government

FoD ‘aka’ School of Digital Wizardry. An infectious ethos of creative exploration where tutors and learners are more like creative peers. I learned more in my one year at FoD with industry standard lessons and complimented practical projects. This compared to the prior 2-3 years of attempted self-teaching and research for game design and development. True to its name; I have also made incredible bonds with amazing individuals that I now call my friends.

Lee Ann Davids
Game Graphics & Multimedia Technology, 2016

During my year with you, there was not a day that went by that I wasn’t learning or challenged in a new way. All of my modules were well structured, enjoyable, informative and well supported by lecturers. I have grown immensely as a game designer, and as I move into the professional field, intend to be an outstanding ambassador for Friends of Design.

Ethan Trueman
Graphic Graphics & Multimedia Technology

Friends of Design’s educational secret sauce has equal parts serious hard work, crazy fun and good industry exposure.

Murray Walker
Game Graphics & Multimedia Technology, 2016

Interview Form Concept Art

BOOK AN INTERVIEW WITH US.Consult a member of our team.

We’d love to see your work, so bring along your portfolio, and we can chat about your options. Can’t wait to meet you!


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