Who is COPA accredited with?

Higher Education

(3 year Diploma in Music) [SAQA ID: 96373]

Campus of Performing Arts (PTY) Ltd is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2021 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate No.2011/HE07/004. Accreditation for the COPA’s Higher Education programmes are by the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

COPA is in the process of converting its registration to permanent status.


What qualification will I receive once I complete my course?

Higher Education

(3 year Diploma in Music) [SAQA ID: 96373]

Upon successful completion of the 3 year programme you will receive a 360-credit NQF6 Diploma in Music from COPA (360 credits).

For a full list of the courses we offer and what they entail please click here.

Further Education

(1 year certificate)

COPA is fully accredited with CATHSSETA for its Further Education and Training (FET) programmes. (Bridging Courses and NQF4 qualifications)

What are possible career options?

Possible Career Paths

  • Agents
  • Producer
  • Publisher
  • Songwriter
  • AnR Manager
  • Musical Director
  • Music Promoter
  • Sound Engineer
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Performer
  • Session Musician
  • Game Developer
  • Artist Management
  • Private Music Instructor
  • Retail Music Salesperson
  • Advanced Backing Musician
  • Advanced Musical Technician
  • Contemporary worship Leader
  • Music Wholesaler and Distributor
  • And more…

Further Education

(1 year certificate)

COPA is fully accredited with CATHSSETA for its Further Education and Training (FET) programmes. (Bridging Courses and NQF4 qualifications)

What are the entry requirements?

The requirements differ for each qualification offered. Please see the audition form for the course you are interested in under APPLY NOW for the relevant requirements.

Student Experience

What is there to do on campus between classes?
All of our campuses have Resource Centres equipped with computers and WI-FI for student use. There are also rehearsal facilities and demo rooms that can be booked.
What exposure will I get to the industry as an artist?
COPA has regular industry events and masterclasses. COPA’s latest initiative, COPA Creative, will give opportunities for all streams at COPA to broadcast nationally via its blog radio.
Does COPA offer accommodation?

COPA unfortunately does not offer accommodation. Feel free to contact the campus to find out if they can provide you with possible accommodation leads.

What initiatives are there on campus for me to be a part of?

Each campus has a Student Representative Council (SRC) that heads up various projects and events for the students at their campus, including a charity initiative. 

COPA Creative is a blog radio station running at all the campuses giving all students a platform to put into practice what they are learning. 

Taste of the Talent is a compilation of students’ music which is made available to interested record companies. 


Language policy and mode of instruction

All courses at Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) are delivered in English in full-time contact mode.

Fees and cancellation

Course fees can be found in the prospectus for each course option. Where applicable, cancellation refunds are handled in accordance with CPA.

Financial aid and student support

COPA does not formally offer bursaries. Feel free to ask about The Campus of Performing Arts Foundation during your interview.

Appointments can be made with the Head of Faculty at any time to discuss areas of concern or when assistance is required. All lecturers have tutorial slots that can be booked by students to assist with whatever they need assistance with. All students have access to the Student Liaison for the duration of their course for additional assistance.

Rules and code of conduct

All full-time courses are a minimum of 120 credits and the minimum number of credits required to be found competent is dependent on the minimum credits stipulated in the SAQA registered qualification. Assessment rules are discussed as part of the orientation and throughout the course. This includes academic credit accumulation, progression and qualification. A copy of the rules and Code of Conduct will be included in the Contract of Agreement each student receives, as well as visible around campus.

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