Artist Proof Studio (APS) is an innovative and engaged, community printmaking centre of excellence. It has been in operation for 30 years. APS focuses on all aspects of professional hand printing: creation, sales, community engagement and training. Central to these many activities is a commitment to the transformation of passion into possibility, as well as the active participation of talented individuals to shape a better future for themselves and their communities. This is done primarily through our education unit.

Our admissions process is designed to give young artists an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and potential. All interested students, from various walks of life and at different levels of prior experience are welcome to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national and/or ethnic origin.


Application Requirements:

  1. You need a valid GMAIL email address: click here to Create your Google Account
  2. A smartphone for the purpose of online classes
  3. Minimum Qualification required to apply for our programme is:
  • Grade 9,10 or 11 (passed)
  • NQF Level 3 or 4
  • Matric Certificate
  1. Age: 18-30
  2. A recent Portfolio of your work (6 pictures of your work)
  3. Make an A2 drawing of a chair only. Draw the chair in pencil. You are not allowed to use a ruler. Draw freehand an accurate drawing of a chair using pencils. Do not use colour pencils. Shade in the drawing of the chair using different tones. No shading in the background.
  4. A Motivation letter
  5. A photograph of yourself (face and shoulders)


NB: Rename all your attachments with your name and surname


The admission/application process is divided into five phases seen below.

Applicants will be notified via email of the results of each phase. Please ensure that you have given us the correct email address. Interview appointment dates will be scheduled and communicated with you via email. Missed appointments will not be rescheduled.






Phase 5

All prospective students

All prospective students

Selected students from Phase 2

Selected students from Phase 3

Selected students from Phase 4

Submit application form, motivation letter and portfolio.


Selection of applicants for Interview and Drawing Exam communicated via email.

Interviews and

Drawing Examination


Final results

Communicated via email.



Admissions Process for Artist Proof Studio

There are four parts to complete in the application process. First is the motivation letter, second the portfolio and third, the drawing examination and lastly, the interview. Students are given a composite score based on all four areas. This is broken down below:

20% of the score for Motivation Letter: A motivation letter should be addressed to the Artist Proof Studio Education Team and should include information about yourself as well as an explanation as to why you think you would like to be a student at Artist Proof Studio. Explain what you can contribute to our community. It should not be longer than one page and will give us an idea of your writing abilities. (It is important that this is written by you and not someone else).

30% of the score for Portfolio:  A portfolio is a collection of your work, which shows creativity, personality and skills. The portfolio should consist of your latest 6 original artworks.  These could be your best-finished paintings, drawings or prints in good condition (or digital images of your drawings, painting or prints. There is no set subject matter as we will be looking for the level of drawing skill.

In conjunction with your portfolio of work, you will be required to submit a drawing of a chair only. Draw the chair in pencil. You are not allowed to use a ruler. Draw freehand an accurate drawing of a chair using pencils. Do not use colour pencils. Shade in the drawing of the chair using different tones. No shading in the background. The size is A2.

30% of the score for the Drawing Exam: For the drawing exam, candidates are to bring pencils/charcoal, sharpeners and an eraser/rubber. We will supply paper. You will be expected to draw a still life for approximately three hours. (Please bring some food and water for yourself, and wear comfy shoes).

20% of the score for Interview: An interviewing team composed of Artist Proof Studio representatives and APS facilitators will conduct the interviews. Candidates are to bring all their documentation including an ID photo, certified copy of ID book or passport, educational results for the highest grade passed and certificates.

All candidates are asked the same questions. The questions are designed to get a sense of who you are, your interests, background and financial situation. Additional questions may be asked with regards to the submitted portfolio. At the end of the process, you are invited to ask the interviewers questions.


Education Fee Structure 2022

Artist Proof Studio runs two annual courses.



Days and times




Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

R22 000.00 p/a



Saturday’s from 9:00am – 3:00pm

R11 000.00 p/a

Registration Fee to be paid by all accepted students by the 31st  January 2022

R1 500


Will you need financial assistance?

We constantly seek scholarship funding through corporate social investment and personal patronage through the Sponsorship Programme.Please note that the financial assistance is dependable on whether we receive funding. The financial assistance will only cover materials and tuition fees, it does not cover transport, food or housing. 1st-year students will be assessed according to their performance and commitment to the programme and only be considered in the second semester for financial assistance.

If you would like to apply for a bursary please submit the following documents:

  • A signed letter of motivation from parent/guardian
  • Bank statement (three months).
  • Certified copy of ID
  • Contact numbers
  • Proof of residence
  • Your latest education results/ report. Certified.


Click HERE to apply online for FREE

If you have any questions, please email us on the address below:


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October 26, 2021 — Nathi Simelane