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Frequently asked questions

Q: How long are the courses?

1 Year Certificate

  • Motion Picture Make-Up
  • Journalism (Print and Digital Media)
  • New Media Development

2 Year Diploma

  • Professional Photography
  • Motion Picture Production Design (Subject to successful completion of 1-year Certificate in Motion Picture Make-Up)

2 Year Diploma with an Optional 3rd Year Advanced Diploma

  • Film & Television Production Techniques
  • Animation
  • Multimedia Design and Production
  • Sound Engineering
  • Professional Acting for Camera

B.A. Degree vs. Diploma

As of 2012, CityVarsity Cape Town will offer B.A. Degrees not only in Film & Television, but also in Acting. Both of these fields of study can also be approached in a more practical manner via our Diploma and Advanced Diplomas option. If you’re a bit confused and would like to know the difference between Degrees and Diplomas, please email info@cityvarsity.co.za or phone Stephen Schmidt or Chanel Engelbrecht in Cape Town at (021) 466 6800.

Have I qualified to do a degree?

If you…

  • Have a South African National Senior Certificate with at least four of these subjects with a rating of 4 (50-59%) or more
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Business Studies
    • Dramatic Arts
    • Economics
    • Engineering Graphics and Design
    • Geography
    • History
    • Information Technology
    • Languages (one being English)
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematical Literacy
    • Music
    • Physical Sciences
    • Religious Studies
    • Visual Arts


  • Have a South African Senior Certificate with a Matric Endorsement

Then the answer is YES!!!!!!!!!

Q: What are CityVarsity's admission requirements?

All our courses require a Matric (Grade 12) Certificate (or equivalent) and a written evaluation with your application. However, some departments (listed below) have some additional entry criteria.

Film & Television Production Techniques

  • Successful interview


  • A portfolio submission of your artwork

Multimedia Design and Production

  • Art at high school level & a portfolio submission of your artwork

Q: Is CityVarsity accredited?

Yes. CityVarsity is registered with the Department of Education as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act 1997.

Registration certificate number: 2001/HE07/004.

Registration number: 1998/21806/07

Q: Do you offer any financial aid or bursaries?

Speak to one of our Student Consultants to work out a payment plan that suits you.

Q: How can I sign up for short courses?

It’s simple!  All you have to do is fill in your details in the "Contact us here" section and we’ll get in touch with you!

2016 Term dates (Full-time)

Start of 2016 Academic Year (All students)

Term 1:    23 February - 2 April

Term 2 :   13 April - 3 July

Term 3:   19 July - 2 September

Term 4:   12 September - 2 December

Final Exams:   14 November - 2 December

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