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If you are thinking about pursuing a creative career or, may be looking to progress in your existing one the Atelier Fifty Five Academy Creative Careers Directory offers a list of institutions, organisations, universities and colleges and more to help you get started and get the advice you need. The Directory will be updated on an ongoing basis. Note: The Atelier Fifty Five Academy is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information on external websites, nor affiliated with any of the institutions, organisations, universities, and colleges linked to unless stated otherwise.

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ARCHITECTURE

ART

CULINARY ARTS + EVENTS

DESIGN + COMMUNICATION + ADVERTISING

DRAMA + MUSIC

FASHION

PHOTOGRAPHY + FILM

PRODUCT + INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

WRITING

ART AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

PUBLICATIONS


ARCHITECTURE

Colleges and Universities

Makerere University, Uganda
The African Design Center | MASS Design Group, Kigali, Rwanda
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

AWARDS

Africa Architecture Awards

The Africa Architecture Awards seek to celebrate design excellence and promote an increased awareness of the role and importance of architecture across Africa.


ART

SCHOOLS

ÀSÌKÒ
The National Gallery School of Visual Art and Design, Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe

GALLERIES

COTE D’IVOIRE
Eureka Galerie
 
EGYPT
Zamalek Art Gallery
 
KENYA
Banana Hill Art Gallery

ETHIOPIA
Zoma Contemporary Art Centre
 
MOROCCO
Matisse Art Gallery

NIGERIA
Nike Centre For Art and Culture
Omenka
Rele
 
TUNISIA
Elmarsa Gallery

UGANDA
Afriart Gallery
 
SOUTH AFRICA
Gallery Momo
Goodman Gallery
Southern Guild
WHATIFTHEWORLD

ZIMBABWE
First Floor Gallery
National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Gallery Delta

UK
50 Golborne Road
Gallery of African Art
Tiwani Contemporary


CULINARY ARTS + EVENTS


DESIGN, COMMUNICATION, ADVERTISING

SCHOOLS

School of the Arts and Design (StAD) – University of Nairobi, Kenya
Department of Fine Arts & Design – University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Cape Town Creative Academy – South Africa
Stellenbosch Academy – South Africa
Vega School – South Africa

 

UK
School of Communication Arts
University of the Arts London
 
US
Parsons School of Design, New York, US


DRAMA + MUSIC


FASHION

SCHOOLS

COLLEGES
Fashion Academy Network (FAN), Johannesburg, South Africa
Ejiro Amos Tafiri School of Design, Lagos, Nigeria
Radford University College Ghana
Mcensal School of Fashion Design, Kenya
Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design, Ghana
 
UNIVERSITIES
Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria South Africa

BELGIUM
Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp

FRANCE
Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale – Paris, France
Esmod – Paris France

ITALY
Instituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy with campuses in London and Paris
Polimoda, Italy

UK
University of the Arts London
Conde Nast College of Art and Design

US
Parsons School of Design, New York
Fashion Institute of Technology – New York
Rhode Island School of Design
Pratt – Brooklyn, New York


PHOTOGRAPHY + FILM

AWARDS

My Africa – Mo Ibrahim Foundation

An opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages to capture their vision of Africa through their own lenses.


PRODUCT + INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

FRANCE
L’ENSCI – Les Ateliers

AWARDS

Africa Design Awards

A pioneering initiative designed to enhance and value design in Africa.


WRITING + DRAMA

AWARDS

Caine Prize for African Writing

An annual literature prize awarded to a writer of an African short story.


ART AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS

African Artists Foundation, Lagos Nigeria

Foundation aims to encourage the highest standard of art in Africa. African Artists’ Foundation serves a significant role in art and academic communities through organizing art exhibitions, festivals, competitions, residencies, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent, creating societal awareness, and providing a platform to express creativity.

Art Base Africa

A virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art.

 
Arterial Network

Pan-African, civil-society network of artists, cultural activists, entrepreneurs, enterprises, NGOs, institutions, and donors active in Africa’s creative and cultural sectors.

Centre For Contemporary Art Lagos, Nigeria

Non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture.

RAW Material Company Dakar, Senegal

A centre for art, knowledge, and society. It is an initiative involved with curatorial practice, artistic education, residencies, knowledge production, and archiving of theory and criticism on art.

Kuona Trust, Centre for Visual Arts, Nairobi, Kenya

dedicated to the generation, presentation, and promotion of innovative contemporary visual arts practice in Kenya. Its artists’ studios, library, programme of exhibitions, artists’ talks, training & mentoring, education and international exchange, aims to provide opportunities for artists to develop new and experimental contemporary artwork.

Henry Tayali Arts Centre/Visual Arts Council Lusaka, Zambia

Houses the offices of the Visual Arts Council as well as the Henry Tayali Art Gallery, photography lab, documentation center, also arranges art seminars and workshops for both artists and the public.

The Royal African Society

Membership society promoting Africa’s cause.

Film Africa

Annual London film festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent and diaspora by the Royal African Society.

Africa Writes

An annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora by the Royal African Society.

Local Based International Organisations can be a good source of information, funding, scholarships and cultural exchanges

British Council

UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Alliance Française

France’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Goethe Institute

France’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.


PUBLICATIONS

Contemporary &
IAM Intense Art Magazine
Design Indaba
iFashion International

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