Students receive a qualification after successful completion of each year as follows:
- National Certificate: Photography - after first year of study
- National Certificate: Visual Arts - after second year of study
- National Certificate: Interactive Media - after third year of study
To qualify for the Diploma: Visual Arts, students have to successfully complete all three years of study, that is all three national certificates, and comply with additional requirements.
National Qualifications are formal qualifications registered on the national qualifications framework (NQF), which is a centralised register of all nationally-recognised qualifications in South Africa.
VSS Diploma: Visual Arts is quality assured and certified by VSS itself and is not registered on the NQF, However, the IARC, acronym for the International Accreditation and Recognition Council, ensures quality and consistency of courses and services provided by member institutions.
Part time Skills Programmes / Short Courses are open to everybody and are conducted throughout the year.
Skills Programmes are NQF registered and carry credits towards a qualification.
Short Courses are not registered on the NQF and do not carry any credits. At VSS these are mainly up-skilling courses.
Distance Learning: The VSS Diploma, both national qualifications as well as certain skills programmes can be done through distance learning. Distance Learning offers an affordable and accessible option, where students study in their own time and at their own pace.
Masterclasses are arranged in different locations in South Africa and are conducted by Hein Waschefort, well-known expert photographer and recipient of numerous medals and awards nationally and internationally.
School Camps are arranged during school holidays to offer Grade Eleven and Twelve learners the opportunity to explore visual arts as a future career. Daily instruction is combined with practical experiments focusing on creativity and fun. There is constant supervision to ensure everyone’s safety.