South African Colleges

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Guide to the top seven colleges in South Africa

Technical colleges take the hands-on approach of technikons even further, providing highly practical training that is most often focused on a particular vocation or trade.

Trades such as:

  • Auto mechanics
  • Carpentry
  • Metalwork, or a range of other artisanal disciplines.

There is a much-reduced emphasis on theoretical work and far more opportunity for direct experience in the working field for which the student is being trained.

Training at technical colleges may take place over periods from a few months to three years, and generally culminates in the award of a certificate or diploma in the chosen field, as opposed to a degree.




AFDA is a South African private institution of learning offering courses in film, television, performance, business innovation, and computer technology, with campuses in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth, as well as one outside of the country in Gaborone, Botswana.

An internationally recognised institution, AFDA offers three-year Bachelor’s degrees in Live Performance, Motion Pictures, Commerce in Business Innovation and Enterprise, as well as postgraduate qualifications in the form of Honours degrees in Motion Picture and Live performance and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. The name ‘AFDA’ is an acronym for ‘Africa Film Drama Art’.

  • Film
  • Television
  • Performance
  • Business
  • Computer Technology

18 Lwr Scott Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925


(021) 448 7600

Boston City Campus & Business College



Boston City Campus and Business College is an independent institution of tertiary education based in South Africa, with over forty centres throughout the country and a student body numbering over 25 000.

The institution has won several awards for its educational offerings, which include a wide range of business degrees, diplomas, and short courses of all kinds, all of which are career-focused and emphasise real-world experience in their teaching curriculums. Founded in 1991 as Boston City Campus, the institution added its business college division in 1997, and was originally based in Gauteng exclusively before being franchised to other parts of the country.

  • Management Marketing
  • Network & Systems Development
  • Financial Accounting
  • Event Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality & Tourism

130 Main St, Johannesburg, 0083


(011) 331 2455




Damelin Correspondence College is a private institution of higher learning based in South Africa. It offers a range of qualifications, almost all of which are taught via correspondence/distance learning. Damelin’s history dates back to 1943, when Damelin College, a small remedial school, was founded by Benjamin Damelin.

By 1955, the school was officially established as a correspondence college, with the name changed accordingly. Over the next three decades, campuses were opened across the country and more courses added to the curriculum. Today, Damelin offers diplomas and certificates under six schools: the Business School, Computer School, General School, Technical School and Vocational School.

  • Commerce, Leisure & Information Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Management Science & Communication
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Humanities

57 Underwood Road, Pinetown, 3610


0860 532 887

Milpark Education



Milpark Education is a private institution of higher education based in South Africa, with a focus on business-based education options. It was officially founded in 1997, and currently offers both distance learning and contact learning options for the majority of its qualifications.

The institution is also accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Courses are offered through various different schools, including those of Business, Investment and Banking, Financial Planning and Insurance, and Commerce, as well as the Milpark College itself. An MBA and BBA in General Management and a Bachelor of Commerce are also offered, as are various short courses in career-focused fields.

  • Commerce
  • Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Investment & Banking
  • Financial Planning & Insurance
  • Government & Public Management
  • HR Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality

Cnr Protea & Dreyer Rds, Claremont, 7708


(021) 673 9100

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Red & Yellow School



Red & Yellow is an independent tertiary institution based in South Africa, with campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The school’s official title is ‘The Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic’, which speaks to its unorthodox approach to teaching and training in the fields of advertising and marketing.

Red & Yellow offers various degrees, diplomas, certificates, and short courses in these fields, all taught through an immersive, hands-on approach that favours practical education and real-world experience, as well as online learning and tailored training in the student’s field of choice, preparing students to work in the modern industry.

  • Arts in Visual Communications
  • Graphic Design & Art Direction
  • Copywriting
  • Marketing & Advertising Communications
  • Advertising
  • Digital Marketing

95 Durham Ave, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925


(021) 462 1946

Varsity College



Varsity College is a private institution of higher learning based in South Africa, with eight campuses located in Cape Town, Durban (North and West), Pretoria, Johannesburg (Sandton and Midrand), Pietermaritzburg, and Port Elizabeth. The school is one of a group of tertiary institutions operated by The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest and most accredited institution of its kind.

Founded in 1991, Varsity College offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, taught in an academic environment that emphasises interactive learning in smaller groups and active engagement with lecturers. In addition, full-time, part-time, and distance learning options are available.

  • Commerce
  • Law
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Psychology & Communications

Belmont Road, Rondebosch, 7700


(021) 685 5021

Design School SA



The Design School Southern Africa is an independent tertiary institution based in South Africa, with campuses in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. As part of the group of institutions that are operated by The Independent Institute of Education, the Design School benefits from the accreditation enjoyed by its parent institute, including that of the Department of Higher Education and the British Accreditation Council.

The institution offers full-time and part-time degrees as well as higher certificates and short courses in a variety of fields related to design, with an emphasis on the application of these skills in a professional setting within the modern industry.

  • Interior Decorating
  • Dressmaking
  • Art & Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design

444 Jan Smuts Avenue, Bordeaux, Randburg, 2125


(011) 326-3830

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