Open Day with a difference at the NSA


NSA - National School of the ArtsLike everything else at the National School of the Arts, Open Day on Saturday 25 February from 08:30 to 13:30 will be unique.

Creatively gifted learners looking for a high school where they can develop their talents to the fullest while also thriving academically, shouldn’t miss NSA’s Open Day. Not only will they be able to talk to teachers and learners about how NSA will help them realise their dreams artistically and academically, they will also be inspired by being able to watch the school’s current learners in full flight rehearsing for flagship productions for the upcoming Festival of Fame including “Dance Spectrum”, “Star Struck -A Disney Dream” and the schools version of the global hit “We Will Rock You” based on the original script by Ben Elton and featuring the iconic music of Queen. The Festival takes to the stages of the Joburg Theatre and the NSA from 8 to 12 March.

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The National School of the Arts, a Government ‘school of specialisation in performing and creative arts’, offers intensive, specialised tuition in art, dance, drama and music, with two hours a day of the chosen arts subject from Grade 8, alongside the full academic curriculum, and unparalleled opportunities to develop, with regular exposure to leading arts practitioners, and showcase their talents on major public platforms.

NSA - National School of the Arts
NSA – National School of the Arts

NSA is rated by the Education Department as both a Centre of Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Tuition and, with its a 17-year track record of 100% matric pass rate, as a Centre of Academic Excellence. The school has been ranked in South Africa’s Top 25 Government Schools and is currently in ‘South Africa’s Top 10 Most Innovative Schools.’

Within a culture of celebrating excellence and each individual’s unique talent, NSA learners’ passion and discipline required for their arts subjects translates into their academic subjects and all aspects of their high school life. They leave the school disciplined, motivated, achievers who excel in careers from art to astrophysics and all fields in between.

Nurtured to be innovative, entrepreneurial, and empathetic, the NSA produces courageous learners who leave school ready to take on both the gritty and the glorious challenges of life and to succeed.

NSA’s Alumni include arts icons such as Charlize Theron, Karen Zoid, Kitty Phetla (one of SA’s ’21 icons’), Dan Patlansky, Bianca Le Grange, Mark Bouwer, Thula Sindi, Anele Mdoda, Jeannie D, Lorna Maseko, Vincent Bones, Carl Beukes, Snotkop, Zoë Modiga and many more household names. It also includes the lead animator of the Harry Potter movies and major Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’; the animators and visual effects team from the South African hit movie, Khumba and the Director of ‘Happiness is a Four-Letter Word’; numerous Deans and professors at leading universities here and abroad; the Chairperson of the British Foundation for Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences Research (she is also the Director of Glasgow University’s Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences Research faculty); and a young woman who is Special Adviser to the Minister of Energy, is ranked in ‘The 50 Most Important & Influential People in Energy in Africa’ and recently had the honorary title of ‘Global Shaper’ bestowed on her by the World Economic Forum. The alumni consistently feature in the Mail & Guardians annual ‘Top 200 Young South African Achievers’, awarded in categories from civil society and arts, to environment and sport.

We believe our alumni shape the world, whatever career they chose.

NSA’s hostel caters for out-of-towners in single-room accommodation with weekly and termly boarding options.

The annual school fees for 2017 were set at R21 600,00.

Visit our Open Day on 25 February. Interested learners and parents should also visit for more information on the school and the required auditions process for admission, and attend the amazing upcoming Festival of Fame. The full festival programme is on and bookings are through It’s a feast of family-friendly entertainment and a great introduction to the amazing work of the NSA and its talented learners.

For more information, please contact: Nadine Conradie on or call 011 339 6539.


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