Friends of Design’s Distinguished Talent Scholarships Provides Bursaries for Creatives

What is a Distinguished Talent Scholarship?

Friends of Design’s Distinguished Talent Scholarships are private bursaries that cover 100% of tuition fees for the chosen candidates. They are awarded by the academy, based entirely on merit, to applicants whose talent and creative potential are just too good for lecturers and selection panellists to resist.

The following students have been enrolled for full scholarships for 2019:

Graphic Design & Visual Communication

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment

Concept Art

There are four Distinguished Talent Scholarships available for 2020. Each corresponds to one of their core, full-time courses

Do you have a passion for Graphic Design, Web Design, Game Design or Concept Art? Think you have the talent and dedication to back that passion up? The Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts will have a number of incredible Distinguished Talent Scholarships available again for 2020.

Here’s what you need to know to get in on the action:

Who Can Apply?

Distinguished Talent Scholarships aren’t awarded to just anyone. To be eligible, you need to be able to prove that your creative spark has next-level potential and that you have the passion, dedication and commitment to see that potential through.

If that sounds like you and you meet the entry criteria, you could be in for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at one of South Africa’s top creative colleges, for free!

Eligibility Requirements

  • A South African ID/passport
  • A matric certificate (or international equivalent)
  • Mad creative skills and a mind-blowing portfolio

Get your application started!

To demonstrate your abilities, you’re going to need a killer portfolio that highlights your talents in all their glory. It’s advisable that you make this your first priority if you plan on applying for a Distinguished Talent Scholarship.

While the College doesn’t expect you to already be an expert in your chosen field, you will need to show that you have the potential to become one. Be unique, be inspiring, be creative!

The next round of applications for 2020 will open in September

Once you have a showcase of work ready, send an email to and request the application forms for your chosen course. Make sure to put “Distinguished Talent Scholarship Application” in the subject line, and they’ll send you all the info you need. (You can also download the necessary course application forms directly from the full-time course pages on the website.)

Good luck!

For more information on Friends of Design bursaries, or to follow up on your application, call 021 300 0298.

Good luck!

For more information on Friends of Design bursaries, or to follow up on your application, call 021 300 0298.

About Friends of Design

The Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts is an accredited, private Higher Education Institution, an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC) and a Certiport Authorised Testing Centre. The academy has extensive ties to the local and international creative industries, and offers cutting-edge courses taught by experienced industry experts who remain active in their fields.

To find out more about Friends of Design’s unique approach to creative education, visit

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