National School of the Arts

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venue 17 Hoofd Street
Braamfontein Johannesburg
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age From 13 years - 18 years old

High school specialising in design, visual art, performing arts education

Art, Dance, Drama and Music are the four gates of admission to this prestigious full-time high school on the ridge in Braamfontein, South Africa. The school is situated in Johannesburg’s cultural arch, with its back to inner Johannesburg and facing the warmth and space to the north.

Learners from all areas of Southern Africa commute daily or board in superior hostels (one learner per room) and attend classes in both their academic and artistic spheres of interest.

The Department of Education has recognised The National School of the Arts as a School of Excellence in Design, Visual Art and Performing Arts Education. This distinction favourably impacts on the educator learner ratio. To enhance the Performing and Visual Arts Departments the Governing Body employs numerous educators specialising in Art, Dance, Drama and Music.


Learners from Grade 8 to 12 study a full range of academic subjects in addition to their chosen speciality subjects. The specialist studies foster the discipline and dedication which are pre-requisites for academic achievement. Our excellent Matric results over nearly two decades bear witness to this.


The Art Department is the largest secondary school art department in the country. The high level of success achieved by the Art learners of the NSA over the past 35 years bears witness to the outstanding tuition provided by committed and talented teachers who are specialists in their fields.

The NSA is proud of the studios, workshops and Art Gallery where the learners regularly exhibit their work.


The cornerstone of the Dance Department's Policy is to produce well-rounded, disciplined, dedicated, intelligent and fit dancers, by offering the best physical training in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, African Dance, Spanish and Jazz Dance. The dedicated, experienced staff focus on performance, interpretation and style.

Learners are exposed to performances of all varieties, local and international guest artists and teachers, workshops, corporate events and competitions. They regularly perform at art festivals, and have become a fixture at the annual Grahamstown National Arts Festival.


The Drama Department provides an opportunity for personal growth on many levels.Strong emphasis is placed on the development of actors and theatre practitioners.

Learners receive tuition in all practical aspects of theatre. Practical training includes acting, voice, movement, physical theatre, stagecraft, mime and poetry workshops. A comprehensive Theory component covers the study of play texts, theatre history, history of costume, history of literature, voice theory, ritual and mythology.


Rock or Renaissance, Violent Femmes or Verdi, Bass Guitar or Bassoon – whatever your language, here at the NSA we speak it. Where there were limits, there are no more. Where there were walls there are now open doors. We hear you, we see you and we want everyone else to.
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