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City Varsity Cape Town

Our flagship campus is situated in Cape Town. It boasts state of the art sound, film, acting and photography studios, an infinity wall, dark room, casting rooms and fully equipped labs for animation, multimedia and journalism.

We are located in the heart of Cape Town’s creative and design district. The area houses numerous advertising, animation, design and production companies and studios. Many of our alumni are employed in our immediate vicinity, fostering strong and on-going personal and professional relationships.

The area offers an array of student accommodation and you’ll find plenty of creative and intellectual stimulation from the museums, theatres, cinemas and the famous Company Gardens. All of these are just a stone’s throw away.

Student wellness is inherent in the CV mindset. For this reason, we have a student counsellor available to our students who provides confidential consultation. Recreation is also major factor in our students’ lives. Pool and foosball are taken very seriously on-campus. Our canteen is constantly bustling with constant gameplay and chatter. We have a very energetic SRC who are always involving students in various activities from soup kitchens to games nights.

The Place

Cape Town Stadium - Photograph courtesy of Matthew SchnetlerCape Town is a film hot spot. Our fantastic locations and skilled labour make us a prime destination for both local and international films. You may have recognised some areas in ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Safe house’ or ‘Lord of War’. The creative economy grows on average of 5% a year and the film industry is a major contributor to the country’s GDP. Much of this growth and activity takes place in Cape Town. Series that have been shot here include ‘Homeland” Season 4 and ‘Black Sails’. Films lined up to be shot in Cape Town include the last instalment of ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Journey Is The Destination’, ‘Shepherds and Butchers’, and ‘Momentum’.

The ‘Mother City’ brims with an immense variety of beautiful natural locations, trendy restaurants, fun activities and an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. This incredible city is a traveler’s dream being home to 3 of South Africa’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The list of things to do in Cape Town and its surrounds is almost endless- museums, theatres, cinemas, concerts (indoor and outdoor), helicopter flights around the Peninsula, sunset cruises, world-class shopping malls, wine-tasting, glass-blowing, pottery, wine-routes, hiking, surfing. For the more adventurous there’s paragliding, abseiling, skydiving, spelunking and even shark-cage diving.

With almost half of the population being less than 24-years old, Cape Town’s vibrant energy is most evident in its nightlife. Our campus is close to the world-famous Long Street, a strip of restaurants, nightclubs, cafés and a myriad of shops.

Make sure you attend at least one soccer, rugby or cricket match during your stay- each has its own uniquely indescribable atmosphere. Our point is, whatever your outlook on life, the Mother City will have something that’s right up your alley.

About Us

Established in 1996 in Cape Town, CityVarsity rapidly cemented itself as the go-to media and creative arts school in South Africa. In 2007 the demand for quality private tertiary media education led to us opening our Johannesburg campus.

Our students’ lifestyles are enriched by the proximity of our campuses to media and creative industries. The increasing number of international students bears testimony to the positive reputation we continue to spread at a global level. With a strong emphasis on practical work across all media disciplines, our graduates walk out of our doors with a portfolio of relevant work. This constant hands-on approach provides our graduates with a distinct advantage in the career market.

Over the years, CityVarsity’s dominance at national awards ceremonies has demonstrated the distinctive edge that our students possess. The academic staff is encouraged to freelance within their disciplines. This highly successful strategy results in a perpetual awareness of the trends, needs and challenges within each sector of the industry. Annual industry indabas ensure a guidance system for syllabus structure, content and direction. These are just two ways in which our students are constantly in touch with the pulse of their chosen profession. Our students’ interaction with peers from other departments produces vital networking skills and opportunities which have led to many of them forming successful independent production companies after their studies.

CityVarsity is a fully accredited Higher Education institution, offering certificates, diplomas advanced diplomas and degrees. All our curricula are registered with SAQA while the qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). In addition to this, CityVarsity is registered with the Department of Education (DOE) for the qualifications shown on Certificate no. 2001/HE07/004. Welcome to our world!

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