Art Education | South Africa | CAP Institute - Elfriede Dreyer

CAP Institute

Education in Contemporary Art Practice for emerging and established artists

All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to postgraduate

All over the world artists are producing art.  Often without a formal qualification in art (meaning a college degree in art). Although a formal qualification in art will always remain first choice, many have not had the opportunity to study art or live in remote areas not close to training institutions. Art production is primarily a creative activity combined with marketing savvy. You need to be an entrepreneur to function fully as an artist. Therefore also, some formally trained artists never became successful professionals because they never learnt how to be entrepreneurs.


The CAP Courses cover all these skills needed to become a successful professional artist. The physical workshops and online courses cover conceptual and creative development; praxis - basic and advanced; art theory and history; and professional and exhibition practice. The workshops are well known for academic rigour; interdisciplinary approach combining theory, history and practice; and focus on the personal development of each student. The methodology follows a tertiary model of teaching art. The CAP educational model is grounded in my 30+ years experience of being a professor in art; writing course material for university students; developing new university degrees; accrediting course material with education authorities; founding and running a successful contemporary gallery for 10 years; curating exhibitions nationally and internationally at reputable galleries and museums; and on the side, making art myself.

I hope you will find benefit by my courses and become a successful and productive artist.

Training is done in the form of online courses and physical workshops in Pretoria and Cape Town

- Dr. Elfriede Dreyer

Testimonials from artists


You study at home, online, using a variety of sources. You choose to do a single  module, a Short Course or the Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice.


Course content is based on  an open university model of teaching visual arts


The course content integrates art practice, art theory, history of art and professional art practice.


Elfriede Dreyer


Certificates are issued on completion of the Certificate and each Short Course that reflects the content of the course as well as the CPD hours completed


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