Academy of Digital Arts

One of Cape Town’s leading institutions in design education, preparing students for their creative careers.

We're on the pulse of global trends constantly updating our techniques and technology to keep our students on the cutting-edge of design. We are a college that specialises in Game Development, Concept Art, Web Development and Graphic Design. We teach you all the software knowledge and industry skills in order to excel. We are also an Adobe certified training centre & offer short courses in the above fields.

Operating as usual

15/12/2023

Our campus may be closed, but our applications are still open! Want to study a higher-certificate in Game, Graphic Design, Concept Art or Web Design next year at ADA?

Now is the time! Be sure to secure your spot 🐉

New deadline: February 2024

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Thank you and for having us and a HUGE thanks to the ADA team for all the hard work setting up and manning the fort 💪🏻✨ -

(Shout out to Lars, Sasha, Sunel, Sam, Jamie, Erin, Jon, Skye, Trust, Carla and Elead for making Playtopia become SLAYtopia! ✨)

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Africa Gamesweek was a great event again! We would like to thank the great team around Rex Bowden and Nicholas Hall for the effort that went into organizing this!

See you sll again next year!

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The second day of the academy attending Africa Games Week 2023 was a blast! From connecting with game developers from all over Africa, attending industry talks, testing games, giving interviews, and meeting alumni and friends - the day just flew by.

The games industry in Africa is growing at a rapid pace!

Visit for more!

22/11/2023

Eeek! We cannot contain our excitement! Join us for Showcase and see where the magic happens. 🤩

21/11/2023

Two days to showcase! Join us for an extraordinary night filled with friends, family and art!

20/11/2023

3 Days to Showcase! Are you as excited as we are? 🤠

16/11/2023

Showcase is getting closer! 🤩 Join us for Showcase and see the amazing work by our students. ⚡️

14/11/2023

Hi Peeps! Loud Rabbits is looking for a creative designer. Head to LoudRabbits' website for more information and to apply! 😍

13/11/2023

Hey Peeps! Join us for Virtual Open Day and have all of your questions answered from the convenience of your home! ✌️

Sign up through our website today! 💛

06/11/2023

Eeeek! We cannot wait to show you what our students have been up to in 2023 ⭐️

Join us for our lovely showcase event and see the artists of the digital future 🤩

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Here's a look into what our graphic design student, Cara, did for her electives project! 🌷 Are you as obsessed as we are? 😍

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Join us in November for another exciting exhibition by international toy photographer ,Robert Whitehead! 🤩

Robert has been obsessed with toys since he could snap two Lego bricks together and his favorite toy to shoot has to be Lego mini figures.

Lego is an iconic toy and people have a connection with it, whether it’s a memory from childhood, when life was simple and carefree or the emotions that the little plastic people seem to convey. Robert’s photography embodies those ideas and it serves as a reminder to not take life too seriously and to never stop having fun.

The exhibition focuses on his new portrait series of Star Wars , Marvel and Lego Space characters. His aim is to glorify the tiny toys and make one feel like they each have their own story to tell. Some images are printed onto metal using a unique technique which gives the illusion of depth and texture. Other images are printed onto perspex which enhances the plastic nature of the subjects.

24/10/2023

Get ready...👀

20/10/2023

Not in Cape Town? No problem! Join us for virtual open day. 🙌

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Here is our most frequently asked questions! Have more questions? Pop us a DM! 🙌

18/10/2023

Missed our previous open day? No worries! Join us on Saturday, the 25th of November, and see where the magic happens! ✌️

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A look into what our graphic design student, Addy, created for her electives. We are astonished by the final product! 😍

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Concept Art student, Elead Schonken, has created a project full of incredible character and costume designs! 🤩In this project, they employed their advanced knowledge of historically accurate armour to design costumes that are both visually appealing, and logically believable.

Having the ability to output a large amount of artworks that maintain a hight standard of design and rendering is an essential skill to develop. We give you the tools to execute your creative ideas with efficiency and quality. ✌️

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It's that time of the year again! ✌️Here's some tips to make your portfolio to stand out. 😊

11/10/2023

We can't wait to meet you! 👋 Join us this Saturday to see where the magic happens. 😍

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Concept art, and its core skills, often lend themselves well to other areas of design, such as high-end illustration. This is usually an image that is allocated a large amount of rendering time so that it can function as a standalone artwork. These artworks are often used for content like splash screens, book covers and cover art. We love to see our students reach new levels of their digital painting skills, awesome work was just created! 🤩

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Using 3D software allows for the visualisation of ideas from multiple camera angles. 🤩
Our advanced Concept Art students show their interior design skills here with added overpainting in 2D to emphasise the details.

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We'd love to meet you and answer all of your questions! 😊

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It is exciting to see our Concept Art students progress in their workflow. For this project they design, render and overpaint their 3D modelled environments. It is key to pay attention to the atmosphere and natural elements of the scene while rendering exterior perspective. 🤩

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Check out our concept art students' talent! 🌟

Concept Art environment design - created using a 3D base and rendered in 2D

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2D Exterior environments by our second year concept art class. 🤩

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Have a look at some of the first 2D environments that were designed this year by our Concept Art students 🏔️

08/08/2023

It’s time for the Women Game Jam! 11th of August to 13th of August. 💃

Women's Game Jam is open to all female identifying and non-binary persons.

The jam is predominantly online, but this year we have 3 venues in South Africa!

We can host 10 jammers per venue, please buy a free Quicket ticket to reserve your spot

Durban https://qkt.io/m1Cmqq
Cape Town https://qkt.io/oZXkih
Johannesburg https://qkt.io/vMRtUj

The in-person event will start at 17:00 on Friday and will continue until 20:00. Jammers can access venues from 08:00 in the morning until 20:00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Closing date for registration is on National Woman’s Day (9th of August)
Here is the link to register http://bit.ly/wgj23

You need to register online even if you plan to attend one of the in-person events.

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186 Bree Street
Cape Town
8001

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 20:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 20:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 20:30
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
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