Realising Dreams through Excellence in Arts and Academics


Online applications and live audition requirements for admission to the National School of the Arts.

About The NSA

A unique secondary school serving the advancement of creatively gifted learners from across South Africa.

Contact Us

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2024 Term Dates:

Term 1: 17 Jan – 20 Mar
Term 2: 3 Apr – 14 Jun
Term 3: 9 Jul – 20 Sep
Term 4: 1 Oct – 11 Dec

Shop@Artschool Opens 8 January 2024

Operating hours until 29 Feb 2024:

Mon – Fri: 08h00 – 15h00

Sat: 08h00 – 13h00

School of Specialisation in Performing and Creative Arts

The National School of Arts (NSA) in Johannesburg, has for over 50 years, been serving the advancement of artistically gifted learners from across South Africa.

The NSA is recognised as a pioneer in the field of specialised education. The curriculum ensures that Learners can excel artistically and academically, which is reflected in the consistently good academic results and the achievements of the NSA alumni.

The National School of the Arts is a Gauteng Department of Education (GDE)


that follows the CAPS curriculum.

NSA learners are known to excel. Academically. Creatively.

Entry Requirements

Talent and a good academic report are the criteria for admission to the NSA. Prospective learners must pass an audition in either Art, Dance, Drama, or Music to secure a place.

Day Scholars & Boarders

Situated on the crest of the Braamfontein Ridge in a precinct known for education, arts, and culture, and a short walk from the main transport hubs and WITS University, the school attracts day scholars from the greater Johannesburg area and boarders from across the county and SADC region.

An on-site hostel offers single-room accommodation in separate buildings for boys and girls.

Arts Education

Learners receive nine hours of specialised arts tuition a week in their chosen subject.

About Us

  • Academics
  • Art Department
  • Dance Department
  • Drama Department
  • Music Department


Admission to the National School of the Arts is via online application and live audition.

Upcoming Events

school hours

Monday - Friday

07h30 - 14h30


17 Hoofd Street


063 091 6051