Our '4' Pillars

We are bridging the gap between education and industry by participating in a more meaningful and tangible way in relation to ensuring our learners succeed; Not only in the classroom but also in the industry.


Our learners are trained and developed with the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in the industry as a valuable employee as well as a potential entrepreneur. The knowledge and skills are formulated and delivered in a way that ensures better understanding and career longevity.


Our learners are afforded actual work experience on practical projects which allows them the opportunity to present such experiences in their CV’s opposed to startinto into the industry on a “back foot” as most young graduates sadly struggle through.


The nature of the Creative Media and Communications Sector is such that a
learner needs to reprensent their capacity and skill set through different
mediums along with their CV’s. Demo tapes, Showreels, Photo Portfolios are
some of the prerequisites when it comes to showcasing your abilities in
the media sector. This is usually a costly affair and is often not specialists in the field. Our learners enjoy these supporting features free as it is part of
the learning programme at Creative Arts College.


Creative Arts College is part of the South African Film Institute Group and is directly involved in the media and communication sector. Our learners have firsthand access to many opportunities throughout the academic year as well as after they officially become a Creative Arts College Graduate.

CREATIVITY is intelligence having fun”

                                                                        -Albert Einstein

  • Accreditation

    The South African Film Institute (t/a) Creative Arts College is an accredited Educational Institute. Creative Arts College offers accredited and industry relevant programmes that is globally recognised. Creative Arts College is a specialised institute focusing on vocational and occupational education in the Creative Media sector. At Creative Arts College, we pride ourselves in being an ethical organisation with genuine care for the growth and development of our learners and industry alike. We believe that offering quality education is how we as an organisation will progress and best meet our mandate to develop the Creative Media sector. Understanding the education landscape will help make an informed decision which reflects on the success of your career. We hope that you find this supporting information beneficial.

  • Abbreviations & Acronyms

    • DHET: Department of Higher Education & Training
    • QCTO: Quality Council for Trade & Occupations
    • SETA: Sector of Education and Training Authority
    • MICT-SETA: Media, Information, Communication & Technology SETA
    • SAQA: South African Qualifications Authority
    • NQF: National Qualifications Framework

    The DHET is the foremost Educational Authority in South Africa. The DHET had 3 quality councils which executes its education and training mandate. The 3 councils are UMALUSI, CHE and QCTO. The QCTO has a direct focus on education and training relevant to the workplace. There are many SETA’s, each of which focuses on a specific sector and fall under the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations. MICT – SETA is one of the many SETA’s that fall under the DHET through the QCTO. Creative Arts College is registered with MICT – SETA as our primary SETA due to the fact that our key focus areas such as Media and Communications, falls within the scope of this particular SETA. The qualifications offered through MICT – SETA are recognised by SAQA and are registered on their National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

  • National Qualifications

    A National Qualification is a qualification registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) and quality assured by a South African Quality Assurance Authority such as QCTO, CHE or UMALUSI.

  • Skills Programme

    A Skills Programme is a provider based programme and are a combination of Qualification and Skills programmes that gives the learner a competitive advantage by inculcating pivotal knowledge and enhancing the learner’s skill-set in order to extend their scope within a selected field.

  • Competitive Advantage Programme (CAP)

    The nature of the creative industry is such that an artist may choose to express themselves through different mediums. A Media & Communications sector practitioner may participate in different fields within a sector. We often find a creative in the field of Film also in the field of Music. A ceative in the field of Music also participating in the field of Fashion Design and so forth. That is the nature of our sector. However, you won’t find a Lawyer becoming a Doctor. In the creative, media and communications space one can function in different fields or through different mediums such as being a DJ as well as a Radio Presenter simultaneously as well as progressing from one segment to the next such as the from the field of Performing Arts or Photography into the field of Film Production. The greater your capacity or scope, the more opportunities by enhancing your chances of success. This approach also ensures that you enjoy longevity and progression in your career.


    A Student with an extended scope in the Creative Media Sector will stand a better chance of access and success due to their expanded complimentary knowledge and skills. Please refer to the programme fact sheet for a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of the programmes as well as its teaching and assessment methodology.

    4 IR

    The IT Next Gen Programme is a pivotal programme comprising of 3 full qualifications that have been packaged to address competencies leading into the 4th Industrial Revolution. This programme runs across 26 months. Please refer to the programme fact sheet for a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of the programmes as well as its teaching and assessment methodology.

    TOP UP

    This option is based on offering the learner the opportunity to “Top-Up” their skill set with a complementary qualification which could give the learner a competitive advantage in the industry. Please refer to the programme fact sheet for a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of the programmes as well as its teaching and assessment methodology.

  • Part-Time Correspondence

    Selected programme offerings have been made available through eith “Part Time” studies or “Correspondence” study. These programmes have been carefully selected based on market needs for flexibility. Part Time programmes refer to Saturday classes and Correspondence Programme allows the learner to study independently.

The experience of learning different things by a team of educators who are dedicated, makes me more passionate in all that I am doing here. Creative Arts College provides a good platform, including practicals. From talent shows to spa day, CAC gives students what is needed. It's mind blowing!


I write this very excited and very proud of Creative Arts College. My son Sibusiso graduated in your institution. I am so grateful of what you've made him to be. He has become a great success overseas; this is all through your education and motivation that you laid for him. I wish to encourage people out there that Creative Arts College is the beat, if it worked wonders for my son, surely it can open even better doors for others.


Creative Arts College is a leading institution in South Africa. Their sterling performance has brought immense pride for all who are associated with the organisation.


Department of Economic, Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs
I have achieved so much at Creative Arts College. I have experienced hard work and success. Everything I know is because of this institute. Every week we get the chance to express our talent and skills with the "No Pen Friday" programme held dor learners. I find this school to be very interesting.