Animation Schools (South Africa)

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Private College

openwindow-logoSchool Focus

The Digital Entertainment Industry has grown exponentially since the dawn of the internet and mobile technology. Today, animated content and games constitute some of the most successful entertainment products in the world. Even though South Africa is a fledgling player in this multi-billion international industry, at the Open Window we believe strongly that we have the talent and the skills needed to be world class contenders.

Animation Arts is primarily based on narrative development in an interactive engaging context. Students learn the fundamental principles driving the medium, and develop their own distinct artistic abilities. Our experienced faculty takes a proactive approach to introduce students to the latest industry trends and technologies. The School of Animation Arts includes the following major subjects: 3D Animation, Game Design and Motion Design.


3D Animation

Where 2D animation is closely related to disciplines such as fine art and design, 3D animation has more in common with sculpting and puppetry. It is the mixture of these principles operating in the ever-evolving digital domain that makes 3D animation such a truly diverse form of art.

The 3D Animation course follows the latest industry trends and provides skills necessary to take part in the rapidly expanding digital entertainment industry.

Students receive hands-on training to produce high-end 3D content for narrative, visualisation and interactive applications.

Careers include: 3D Artist; 3D Animation-Compositor; 3D Concept Artist; 3D Visualiser; 3D Indie Filmmaker; 3D Layout Artist; Character Animator.


Game Design

The purpose of the game designer is to create a series of visual elements that guide the player through a world of intricate decisions, laws, obstacles and perils, and to turn all that into a thrilling immersive experience.

Game Design is the biggest entertainment industry money-spinner.

The Game Design course uses the latest tools and technologies to explore both creative and industry possibilities in this rapidly expanding digital entertainment phenomenon.

Careers include: Game Designer; Game Artist; Level Designer; Games Director; Game Animator.


Motion Design

The simplicity and beauty of creating animation out of basic objects is one of the oldest of the moving image arts. Today it covers everything from traditional hand drawn animation, to stop frame animation, motion graphics, information visualisation and even special effects.

The Motion Design course explores both traditional animation and design in motion.

Compositing and motion graphics are used to produce TV channel inserts, movie title sequences, music videos, animated infographics and visual effects. Students are immersed in a hands-on experience, whether studying traditional or computer animation.

Careers include: 2D Layout Artist; Motion Graphics Designer & Editor; Stop Motion Animator; Intro Designer.


Contact Details

T 012 648 9200
F 012 665 0253


Physical Address:
John Vorster Drive Ext. East, Southdowns, Irene

Postal Address:
PO Box 68371, Highveld, 0169



Learn 3D
Private College

Contact Person: Gustavo Corrêa / Tebogo Lekgora

Learn 3D is a Toon Boom, Autodesk and Chaos Group Authorized training centre. We provide full time courses in 2D Concept Design & Animation, 3D Architectural Visualization, 3D Animation and Games Development.
Our courses have been designed to equip students with the knowledge of current solid industry workflows, focusing on both the technical and creative approaches with the goal of confidently applying the tools in production.
Learn 3D provides on-site training and technical support for Storyboard Pro, Harmony, 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, V-Ray and Unity 3D to various studios and production houses. This allows our instructors to maintain a consistent standard of training material that will equip our students with the latest production workflows, preparing them well in advance to be proficient candidates to step directly into the workplace.


Our carefully selected team of instructors are what makes Learn 3D a unique institution, and still home to many past students.
Our Toon Boom instructor was certified, in Montreal, Canada, and is the only certified instructor in South Africa, making Learn 3D the only training centre in this country that provides international Toon Boom certification to successful students.
Our 3ds Max and Maya instructors are both Autodesk Certified, having completed their ACI certification in New Orleans, USA and Vancouver, Canada, thus proving their proficiency in the methods of Autodesk’s training standards. They are also the only certified instructors in South Africa for V-Ray, making Learn 3D the only certified V-Ray training centre in the country.
All our instructors have several years of professional production experience in visualization and animation, and currently work alongside companies who form the foundation of our industry in Gauteng.
Furthermore and most importantly, our instructors are passionate about teaching and bringing accurate information from the industry to our students, having also a responsibility to help them develop their skills and character for whatever the future may hold.

Learn 3D provides internationally recognized certification on Toon Boom, Autodesk and Chaos Group products for 2D animation, 3D animation and design visualization.

11 Conrad Drive, Blairgowrie
South Africa



SAE Institute

Private College

SAE Institute is the world’s leading creative media education provider offering world class facilities, innovative teaching techniques and solid hands-on practical training.

SAE Institute Cape Town provides an exceptional, globally competitive course for prospective students in Animation, Film Production, Interactive Media Design and Audio Production.


SAE Institute South Africa is provisionally accredited through MAPPP Seta.

Full-time qualification:

Course Details


Higher Certificate in Animation & Visual Effects


The Animation curriculum is vast in its scope and does not focus solely on the world of cartoons that is so synonymous with the term animation, in order to inform, educate and ultimately facilitate authentic employment opportunities for graduates. Animation and visual effects (VFX) have become inseparable from motion picture in all of its shapes and forms and has consequently cemented itself as a critical element of the new media landscape commercially and creatively. This course addresses the intricacies of both the art and science of animation in its numerous guises.

Animation Graduate Career Pathways

Graduates will be able to apply for the following types of positions:

2D/3D Animator
Character Designer
Environment Artist
Concept Artist
Texture Artist
Lighting & Rendering Specialist
Special Effects

Short Course:

The course

This unique 3D animation short course provides an opportunity for animation enthusiasts to unleash their passion for animation on the latest equipment through training with industry professionals. The program encourages individualism and combines the fundamentals of using Maya (software) with practical experimentation and personal creativity. Students will complete the program with the skills and knowledge to create the animation they love, and gain a strong foundation for future learning.


Students attending the SAE Animation short course will learn comprehensive skills in computer-generated 3D graphics and animation using the film industry’s most widely used 3D software packages. The aim of the program is to give the student a good theoretical understanding in the systems and equipment used in creating animations; and to provide in-depth practical experience in the most important production techniques and design concepts.




South Africa

Western Cape

Cape Town


5 Church Square
Central Business District

Postal Code: 8000

Fax: (+27) 21 – 469 5699

Telephone:  (+27) 21 – 469 3600


the Animation School

Private College

Contact Person: Nuno Martins

The Animation School is South Africa’s leading internationally accredited Animation and Visual Effects training centre, and we consistently produce qualified Digital Animators with practical skills in the creation of 3D-Animation and Visual Effects.
We even have an Emmy award-winning graduate to prove it!


Our curriculum works and it works hard. This viewpoint is supported by the consistent prizes and accolades that our students win.
We concentrate on giving students a solid foundation of 3D artistic development – both on a creative and technical level. So that when it comes time for international and local employers to assess potential job candidates, The Animation School’s students stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Furthermore, our curriculum is supported by industry authorities to make sure that the education we provide meets the ever-changing requirements of the animation industry.

And as a successful graduate who has finished our 3-year full time course, you will have developed and refined your artistic talent to an entry-level skills level for acceptance in the highly competitive animation industry.

We have 14 modern, secure and cosy rooms available for rent on campus. 6 rooms sleep one student each while 8 rooms have ample space for 2 budding animators to share. The entertainment area is equipped with DsTV and more. Naturally delicious meals are included and weekly boarding facilities are on offer too. Put it this way, you’ll never have to worry about being late for class. Contact us for rates and info.

Thumb print security, 24-hour manned access and CCTV ensures that everyone is as snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug day and night.

If you want to develop an idea you’ve just cracked at three in the morning – or push through the night on a project – there is nothing standing in your way. Our state-of-the-art hardware and software is available for use 24/7.

Excellent catering is available to the whole student body. Animators-to-be can buy snacks, cool drinks, coffee or enjoy full meals.

Hang out, grab a bite to eat, catch up. The canteen is a serious social hot spot at the school.

Probably the most serious room you will find in the school.

Not being ones to brag, but The Animation School is the institute in Cape Town that has been awarded Authorized Training Centre for Autodesk Maya status. We’ll just leave it at that.

Classes are deliberately kept small. This is so that students get one on one attention and encouragement to push their talent to the max.

The teaching laboratories are equipped with high-end workstations that have been specifically designed for the animation industry, they are endorsed by Autodesk and Adobe.

This is a full sized studio where animation comes to life. Filming action against green screen means that 3D backgrounds and characters can be mixed with live footage.
Naturally it’s kitted out with all the professional tools of the trade with special green screen lighting, a dimmer control system, as well as model lighting for the floor. This facility is also hired by professionals from the industry.

This hot bed of creativity has all the tools you need to produce an award winning show reel:
■ Broadcast Full HD quality video edit suite.
■ Facilities to record and archive to DVD and Blu-Ray formats.
■ All resources needed to produce broadcast quality animation.
■ High-speed networking.

This is where sound effects, dialogue and music get added to the mix. Naturally state of the art equipment and a music library is on tap and ready for use. Sounds good, doesn’t it?


We are exceptionally picky when it comes to choosing our instructors. They have to be both highly qualified and have a diverse range of production experience. In our opinion, simply teaching from a textbook is simply not good enough.

Our core staff faculty includes award-winning professionals who have excelled in both digital 3D and classical animation techniques. While visiting instructors and regular presentations from local and international studies, ensure that we are always up to date with industry trends and requirements of a constantly changing industry.


As an internationally accredited animation and visual effects training academy, The Animation School is the leading institution in South Africa certified to issue its graduates with internationally recognized certificates for Hollywood-industry standard software.

To maintain the accreditations given to us, we undergo annual assessment by representatives of our principals. We are proud to add that The Animation School is the only learning institute in Africa that specializes in animation and visual effects.

The nitty-gritty details if you are interested. Download this PDF Information Pack.



South Africa

Western Cape


42 Searle Street Cape Town

Postal Code: 8001

Fax: 021 461 0828

Telephone:   086 18 222 33 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            086 18 222 33      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


CityVarsity, School of Media and Creative Arts

Private College

Contact Person: Paula Masterson

The CityVarsity Animation department prides itself on high levels of training not only in software operation, but in the art of character animation. Our courses expose the student to 2D, 3D and Stop Motion animation through a number of industry relevant projects culminating in a comprehensive portfolio upon completion of training.


A Diploma in Animation runs over 2 years and equips graduates to become professional animators through up-to-date, hands on training in the principles and art of animation through drawing, design and 3D form. Major emphasis is placed on character design and development. Students have the opportunity to study the human form in Motion, traditional 2D animation and cut-out animation on film.


CAPE TOWN STAFF: Gary Kachelhoffer – Head of Animation, has worked in the film and TV industry since 1974. He worked his way up


CityVarsity is fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Our Advanced Diploma is at NQF level 6 which is equivalent to a


South Africa


32 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town or 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown, Joburg

Postal Code: 8001

Fax: 021 423 6300


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Creative Arts College

Private College


Contact Person: Logandren Kevin Pillay


1500 squre meters of high en facility including 2 recording studios, 1 edit studio, a radio studio, a chroma key (green screen) studio …


South Africa

Eastern Cape


331 West Street
West Tower
3rd – 6th floor
Durban Central

Postal Code: 4000

Fax: 0866848801

Telephone:  0313013313 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0313013313      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


DNA Pixels

Private College



Contact Person: Allan Liddle

DNA Pixels uses the latest animation technology to make learning animation ACCESSIBLE. We provide top quality animation training by a certified trainers at an affordable price. We are in the Somerset West in the the Western Cape.


We provide a full two your training course, as well as short courses.

Our 2-year curriculum covers the following:

* Drawing for animation: We help you improve your drawing skill so that it benefits your animation abilities
* Introduction to animation: traditional animation (2D): Animation is about creating the illusion of movement (even life) through a rapid display of a sequence of images. We spend a short while establishing this foundation
* 3D Computer Animation:
– 3D Space (how not to lose yourself in space)
– Object modeling and transformations
– Mesh modeling (changing the internals of an object)
– Text, curves and paths
– Materials (basic and nodes-based)
– Textures
– UV Mapping (mapping picture-based textures onto objects)
– Lighting
– Rendering (including multi-pass)
– Compositing (basic and nodes-based)
– Animation
* Character Animation:
– Character drawing
– Rigging
– Morphing (e.g. changing expressions)
– Character development
– Expression
– The 12 animation principles
* Sound: editing, mixing and synchronization
* Script writing (any movie


Bizweni Campus


Allan Liddle, as well as others who are contracted in.

Director of DNA Pixels, Allan Liddle, started his life as a geeky graduate Electronics Engineer. However, his alter creative ego as a self-made artist, who had professionally sold paintings and portraits, was begging for expression.

He therefore made a career change from engineering to his passion, 3D animation. His first-ever production earned him a position in the VUKA! finals. He did commercial animation work and also started giving animation training, and is now an internationally accredited trainer.


Blender Foundation Certified Trainer, as well as Maya certified trainers.



South Africa

Western Cape


We are in the Helderberg Basin: in Somerset West, Western Cape.

Telephone:  082 901 8014 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            082 901 8014      end_of_the_skype_highlighting



Learn to become part of a network of successful, talented and skilled artists and practitioners who will shape the future of South Africa’s entertainment and media industries.

• to receive an internationally recognized degree
• to be empowered with competitive professional skills
• to become part of a network of highly talented filmmakers
• to contribute toSouthAfrican nation-building by growing the   local entertainment industry

AFDA is one of the leading outcomes-based film schools in the world.

GPS: -26.18743, 28.02

Phone:             +27 (0) 11 482 8345 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +27 (0) 11 482 8345      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Fax: +27 (0) 11 482 8347

AFDA Group Brand & Marketing Manager:

Teresa Passchier
011 482 8345 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            011 482 8345      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       /             021 448 7600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            021 448 7600      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
084 850 0108 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            084 850 0108      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Postal Address:

PO Box 277

Melville 2109


South Africa

Street Address:

41 Frost Avenue

Auckland Park 2092 Johannesburg

South Africa

GPS: -33.93142, 18.46804

Phone:             +27 (0) 21 448 7600 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +27 (0) 21 448 7600      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Fax: +27 (0) 21 448 7610

Postal Address:
PO Box 13528

Mowbray 7705

Cape Town

South Africa
Street Address:
18 Lower Scott Road Observatory 7925

Cape Town

South Africa



Private College

Contact Person: Victoria Tau

Course Background/Short Info

This 3 year program based on both traditional and digital animation is designed to cover the entire value chain of Animation Production. The course exposes learners to theoretical, practical and technological components of Animation Production.
The course is aimed at preparing learners for the competitive market place of animation and digital graphics production, and equips learners with key skills of interpretation, visualization, conceptualization, production and technical application.

Following a first year of Traditional Animation studies, learners pursue digital animation in the second and final years. Graduates will acquire the skills necessary to work independently, collaboratively and in studio settings.


South Africa


21 Girton Road
South Africa

Postal Code: 2193

Fax: +27 (0) 11 484 0615

Telephone:  +27 (0) 11 484 0583 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +27 (0) 11 484 0583      end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Friends Of Design – Academy of Digital Arts

Private College

Contact Person: Margarita Celeste Stoffberg


South Africa

Western Cape

Cape Town


2nd Floor HAK House
186 Bree Street
Cape Town

Postal Code: 8001

Fax: 086 743 7426

Telephone:  021 402 0303 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            021 402 0303      end_of_the_skype_highlighting



University of the Witwatersrand

Contact Person: Mileta Postic

The Wits School of Arts (WSOA) Digital Arts programs are unusual because they offer the best of a University arts course with real world skills. Developed in close consultation with top South African studios and practicing digital artists these courses teach both professional application skills and develop an analytical understanding of either interactive media or 3D animation as aesthetic and commercial forms of communication.

At WSOA, Digital Art students work in a uniquely multi-disciplinary environment, mixing with musicians, fine artists, and actors. Digital Arts graduates also leave with the kind of depth and insight that you can only achieve at an internationally rated research university like Wits.

Our Animation as well as our Interactive Media Design Graduates have a strong job placement history, with many of them getting jobs straight after finishing their degrees.

The focus in this program is on the art of animation. Students learn to see, think and understand the possibilities of animation through seminars, viewings, life-drawing classes and workshops. 3D Animation students hone their skills on Softimage XSI and Adobe Photoshop; learning how to design, model, light, and animate three-dimensional characters together with strong production management skills.
Many of our animation graduates have obtained jobs in animation houses such as Black Ginger, Luma and APTI.


An honors degree or four-year equivalent (such as a BAFA). A portfolio of creative work is required to demonstrate strong drawing skills, UNLESS the applicant has a strong Computer Science background. For the animation degree a letter of motivation is required.

In 2009 we began offering a general honors in Digital Arts with an optional focus on animation.

We aim to teach our students not only the basics of the software and the principles of animation, but to educate them in the field of animation through the study of the history and theory of animation as a genre.


Digital Arts is housed in a newly refurbished Convent at the heart of the Wits Cultural Precinct.

Students work in specialized computer labs with state-of-art hardware running the latest applications. The Division has an Interactive Media lab, and two Animation labs: one postgraduate lab for 3D Animation and one shared undergraduate lab for 3D and stop-frame Animation. The Division also has a dedicated Stop Frame/Photo Studio, a Music/Sound Art computer lab and a Music Recording Studio.

MA students are allocated their own workstation for the duration of the course work component. But in all courses class sizes are restricted to ensure all students have sufficient time on the machines and get close personal attention from their instructors and lecturers.


Prof Christo Doherty (Animation Studies)
Mileta Postic (3d animation) –
Paula Louw (Life drawing)
Dickie Wang (2d animation)


BA (Hons) in the field of Digital Art
Master of Arts in the field of Digital Animation

University of the Witwatersrand.

Please contact the postgraduate secretary Sao Mendes for general application information and forms


South Africa




University of the Witwatersrand
Digital Arts
Private Bag 3
South Africa

Postal Code: 2050

Telephone:  +27 11 717 4614 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +27 11 717 4614      end_of_the_skype_highlighting



Prestige Academy

Private College

Contact Person: Estelle Gallowitz

Global Training (Pty) Ltd t/a Prestige Academy is an exclusive Tertiary Education Institution, providing vocational training of high standard. We offer numerous qualifications ranging from Information Technology i.e. Network Information Specialist, Network System Specialist, 3d Animation, Print Production and Design (DTP), Graphic Web Design and Development, Photography, Business qualifications, Tourism, Events management and Film and TV Make-up Artists.


The Professional Diploma in 3d Digital Design and Animation, is a 2 year course, which has been developed with the local industry and in accordance with international standards. The course covers all aspects of 3d animation and design; modeling, lighting, texturing and animation. We also cover the basics in terms of cloth, hair, particle systems, motion capture and Artificial intelligence sequencing.


The Academy has 2 dedicated 3d labs and therefore each student will work on their own work station. There is also safe parking facilities, hostel facilities for students who live out of town and a resource centre which provides free internet access. Classes are offered on a full-time basis with full contact sessions.


The course coordinator and Snr Lecturer for the 3d Design qualification is a person who has been with the Academy for the past 3 years. He comes from the Motion Picture Industry after obtaining his BA in Motion Picture Production (Animation) at the Motion Picture Academy, Tshwane University of Technology. He is currently busy with his Masters degree in Motion Picture Production (Animation). He teaches all the aspects of Character Animation, from designing characters to animating the characters.

The other lecturer in this department comes from the Architectural and Design Industry and has been with the Academy for the past 2 years. He is an Architectural visualization guru and teaches 3ds Max to the students. For first years he does the basic introductions to 3D on the whole and for the second years he goes more advanced, covering various topics within 3dsmax. Software applications i.e. 3D StudioMax, SoftImage, Maya and Adobe After Effects are being applied throughout the course.


This institution is registered with the Department of Education as a Private Higher Education Institution (Reg No 2001/HE07/005) for National Qualifications. It is nationally registered with DoE as the Diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation (SAQA I.D. 60469).
Prestige Academy also registered as a satellite learning centre with Edexcel, a quality assurance body in the U.K. (Reg No. 90163) to offer vocational BTEC qualifications. Students therefore also have the option to choose to do the International BTEC Prof Diploma in 3D Design, registered with Edexcel. The accreditation status of each individual learning program is indicated with the applicable program details. This means that Prestige Academy complies with international as well as national standards for quality vocational education and training.


South Africa

Western Cape

Cape Town

Address: Bellville Business Park DJ Wood Way Bellville

Postal Code: 7535

Fax: 021 948 1859

Telephone: 021 949 5036/7



35 Responses to “Animation Schools (South Africa)”

  1. naomi October 23, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    thank you for the info, really insightful.

  2. Jackie Katanga (@Jackie_Katanga) February 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    couldnt have done it without you…

    • Michael May 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

      I’m glad this helped 🙂

  3. Nick February 19, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Hi, are there any 3D (MAYA) short courses in the JHB area?

    • michaelrobertsonsart February 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Hi Nick, I’ve just spoken to my good friend Pippa and this is what she had to say “I think Boston Media House in Parkmore still primarily teaches in Maya. I know Wits is an XSI institution, but to be honest they’re all Autodesk, unless something has changed yet again since I was last active in the 3d world :)”

      Hope this helps!!

  4. charli May 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Any info about any available bursaries/financial aid – for talented teen, serious about animation or game design as a career?

  5. Abiola August 3, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I really appreciate this information. Please i need someone to please recommend a school that will deliver well in visual effect and animation based in either cape town, pretoria or joburg. Please i also need to know the minimum admission qualification from Nigeria. Please its urgent, Thank you.

    • michaelrobertsonsart August 25, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      The best advice I can give you Abiola is to email whichever schools on the list I have up here on my Blog that interest you the most and ask them directly. If you have a strong portfolio that will definitely help your case.

    • charli August 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Abiola, it will be the best to select a few schools from what they offer, according to their websites, and contact them directly, as, at some there might be more applications than available openings. Also check availability of accomodation, as some of the schools does not provide accomodation. Most important, make sure of closing dates for applications, as some universities’ closing dates are quite early.

  6. David Kalisilira August 24, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Hi my daughter is interested in animation. She is 9 years old. Most of the schools above only cater for post matric candidates. Is there a school or private individuals that can assist her in developing the skill at a rudimentary level. Wouldn’t it be a great idea if kids were natured at early age….

    Please help

    • michaelrobertsonsart August 25, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Hi David,

      I completely agree with your idea of starting them at an early age. We were thinking about private classes for the younger target market awhile back but it never ended up happening due to lack of interest from the community.
      Unfortunately as you’ve mentioned most schools only cater for post matrix candidates.

      Which area may I ask are you situated in?


      • charli August 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

        Hi David. My daughter is now enrolled in one of the schools on the list, starting next year. She’s been interrested since gr10, but its been quite a battle to find something suitable ” to cut her teeth on”. So, from this experience this is the advice i can offer, parent to parent.

        There are numerous online courses, but they are mostly quite expensive, and are aimed at post matric persons. However, she’s done the SAE online shortcourse in Character design 101 last month. They have 2 online Animation short courses: Character design 101 is better one to start off with. Teaches how to create the character, then Animation 101, as that is where they teach you how to make the character move. Kind of makes sense. Its only 4 weeks, 99euros, which worked out about 1400ZAR using paypal, per course. Direct deposit/ bank transfers would have been more, as they use a German bank account. Considering your daughter’s age, i wouldnt go this route, as the course is quite tough. Im not sure the average primary school kid would manage the tests involved. Maybe first get some hands-on experience.

        Art lessons is a big must, especially drawing. Go check the portfolio requirement for each of the listed schools. I know for a fact that Animation School only send you an application form if your portfolio passes. City Varsity and Prestige also has specific requirements for their required portfolios.

        A few things you can try for now:
        Go see what software is used by the industry, (i checked all the schools’ curricilums). To my knowledge its mostly Autodesk products, althoug on the DNA pixels site you can get info on quite decent free software.
        Then find free demo versions to download, as the real thing is rather expensive. Doesnt make sense to pay 50 000+ ZAR for software for a kid of 9? (SAE Animation 101 site has a nice link to download 6month trial version of Maya.) Then, find tutorials. You tube has the best ones. Also check the MOOCS like UDEMY, with a few Photoshop ones, some also free.

        Another thing, in high school, let her take maths, science and if possible, also IT or some Design-orientated subject.

        For now, get her her own pc with enough good games and software to mess around with. You’ll definitely need a sizable internet cap, and parental involvement is a must as all the tutorials are online/you tube. Just be warned, a man-sized graphics card and above average processor is also a must.

        Hope this helps. Let us know if you come across anything worthwile.

  7. charli August 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    David, you can try this link, its for a free e-book we found. A good place to start.

    • michaelrobertsonsart August 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Thank you so much for this very valuable handful of advice for David Charli.

  8. charli August 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Ok, a last link, with an amazing list of free e- books.
    Guess i’ve done my bit now.

  9. Stephan August 28, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Sad to have been left out:
    I believe they’re producing some of the highest quality 3D Animation graduates in the country and the accolades to prove it.

    • michaelrobertsonsart August 28, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Stephan apologies for leaving you guys out. I was actually there a few days back and I’m popping in on Friday again 🙂

      Please send me all the information you would like to see added to this list to “” and I will definitely post you up here 🙂


      • Stephan August 28, 2013 at 11:45 am #

        Cool, thanks! Will do. I’ll try catch you on Friday. 😉

  10. cocomma September 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    please I need a good school to study graphic, visual effects and animation. can any one recommend? its urgent. tnks

  11. Darryn January 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Michael,

    Please excuse my ignorance (I don’t know much about this field).

    A friend of mine is interested in studying graphics and animations for movies, ads, etc.

    Which school in SA is the best to study that?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!


  12. mamello kiara khotle October 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    any animation tertiary around Johannesburg?
    wanna register…pls help!

  13. Zama November 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Hii is there anybody who is able to help me with an animation video I would like to create?

  14. Alistair Mckay June 9, 2015 at 11:27 am #


    Is there any decent Animation Tertiary colleges in the durban area, i know we are in the stone age of tertiary education, but im tied here by the ankle and animation is a passion of mine…


  15. Shani August 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi Michael – this is a really great blog and I found your schools list very helpful. Sadly you don’t have CFAD on the list. Any chance you could add us?

    • michaelrobertsonsart August 21, 2015 at 3:28 pm #


      Please send through all the details that you would like to have up here 🙂

      Best Regards,

  16. Leona January 4, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Michael, do you know of any more Animation colleges in the Joburg area that presents 3d Animation with Max? thanks

    • michaelrobertsonsart March 24, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Unfortunately only the schools listed here. Apologies for the late reply work has been extremely busy our side.

  17. Chanique Reinhardt March 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm #


    I would like to find out if you do long distance studying or online perhaps.
    If you do I would like some more info.
    If not could you refer me to a place that does.

    Thanks in advance!

  18. Jody March 31, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Hi there Michael

    I would just like to find out if this is in any specific order ?
    I Would love to studie but will have to move to Joburg or Cape Town and im currently in the durban Area.

    • michaelrobertsonsart March 31, 2016 at 9:10 am #

      Hi Jody,

      No specific order but here is something to think about:

      From a recent news letter from Animationsa –


      Perhaps no one enjoyed the CTIAF festival more than the three Student Award winners who got more than they bargained for when CTIAF partners stepped in with generous surprise prizes. Nickelodeon laid on a two-week internship for Luke Berge & Timothy Meyers, the character animators who worked on PAINT, the winning film in the Best Character Animation category.

      James Mann, winner of Best Student Film for AURORA, won a ten-day tour of Japan’s animation studios – including the renowned Studio Ghibli – courtesy of Mastitute. Both winning films were made at Animation School (

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