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Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) was founded in 2001 and is a contemporary music college with campuses in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban). Our courses are taught by trained facilitators who are also music industry specialists and professional musicians, which gives our students one of the most rounded and intensive practical programmes currently available anywhere in the world.

COPA offers full-time courses in: Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals and Sound Technology (including Music Production/Sound Engineering) and Music Business. Students are not only trained in their chosen instrument, but also in modules such as Music Business and Stage Craft to ensure that they are well prepared for a successful career in the music industry.

Each campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities with a recording studio, a technology centre, a performance venue and practice facilities for use by its students.All courses offered by our unique institution are accredited locally and articulate using RPL into qualifications offered internationally.

COPA is registered locally by the Department of Education as a private HET institution. Full accreditation by the CATHSSeta also allows COPA to train previously disadvantaged individuals in Learnerships (as and when Government SETA Funding permits), with courses found on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Please note: Campus of Performing Arts (Pty) Ltd is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2016 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate No.2011/HE07/004. Internationally, COPA has signed a franchise agreement with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in the UK (see right), which means that COPA also offers a full complement of ACM courses which are internationally accredited using RPL at the FET level. This allows COPA learners to transfer to any of ACM’s international partners to continue or further their studies (conditions apply). To supplement our local Higher Education programmes COPA has an agreement with the University of Chichester in the UK through RLP for students to obtain recognition internationally.