Certificate of Competence Courses

1. Commercial Photography - 12 Weeks

The following are competency-based courses accredited by the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations (NABPTEX). These are courses designed for those want to develop competencies and creative portfolios for employment with businesses and industries and those who are looking for an alternative of being employee and aspire to meet the challenges of setting up as self-employed in a creative business.

1. Commercial Photography – 12 Weeks
In the commercial world, businesses rely heavily on powerful photographic images to communicate corporate and brand marketing messages. The services of professional photographers are in high demand everywhere. Are you looking to develop a career in commercial photography for employment with a company or setting up as self-employed in a photography business? Then this course is designed to help you achieve your dream.
The Commercial Photography course focuses on fashion, advertising and editorial photography. Learners will develop competencies in all of these specializations and will be required to produce creative works that prove evidence of conceptual skills, knowledge and technical skills in digital photography from operating a digital camera, composition, and lighting to post-production.

Learning Outcome
On completion of this course, the learner should be able to demonstrate sound understanding of commercial photography and the professional practices within the field.

Learning and Assessment
Learners will learn through a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including practical workshops, lectures, collaborative work and peer group critiques. Assessment is a submission of portfolio that proves competency in commercial photography. Portfolio must illustrate a spectrum of creative solutions and demonstrate excellence and professionalism as recognized by industry standards.

Entry Requirement
The applicant should be 18 years, at least and must have successfully completed Senior High School.

Equipment Required
All the learners will be required bring to class a professional digital camera and a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop programme installed.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC4,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD1,500

2. Motion Graphics Design - 4 Weeks

Talk about the CNN, Aljazeera, BBC, ITV, and even your local TV station, motion graphics play a very important role in ensuring screen quality and effective programme presentation. Motion Graphics or visual affects enhance productions for the screen-based media.
This course will equip learners with practical skills and professional awareness required in creating motion graphics for the commercial world.
In this course, learners will explore the techniques Adobe After Effects programme provides motion graphics artists in producing works for film and Television. It will equip learners for jobs in the production of advertising communication, corporate videos, music videos, and in broadcast industry for title sequence and programme content sequence creation.

Learning Objectives
The objective of this course is to equip learners with industry standard skills in motion graphics with the use of the Adobe After Effects programme.

Learning Outcome
Learners should be able to produce motion graphics that meet industry standards in the professional’s perspective.

Learning and Assessment
Learners will learn through a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including practical workshops, lectures, collaborative work and peer group critiques. Assessment is a submission of portfolio that proves proficiency in the in the subject. Portfolio must illustrate a spectrum of creative solutions and demonstrate excellence and professionalism as recognized by industry standards.

Equipment Required
All the learners must bring to class a Windows laptop or an Apple Macintosh Airport-equipped notebook computer with DVD-R and with the Adobe After Effects installed.

Entry Requirement / Pre-requisite:
The applicant should be 18 years at least and must have successfully completed Senior High School. Must demonstrate professional skills in a 2D or 3D design software through submission of a creative portfolio.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC4,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD2,000

3. 3D Design - 12 Weeks

Do you aspire to become a 3D Designer who can create innovative product designs, powerful advertising images, appealing film and video content for commercial purposes? This course will let you realize your dream.
This course equips learners with professional skills in product design, animation character design and digital sculpting. Learners will explore the techniques of the Autodesk Maya, The Foundry Modo and Pixologic ZBrush softwares.
In the product design specialization, learners will explore the techniques of The Foundry Modo software and will be required to produce professional 3D pieces that meet industry standards.
In the character design concentration, learners will learn to produce 3D characters for animation production using the Autodesk Maya programme.
With the digital sculpting unit, learners will learn to sculpt with the Pixologic ZBrush programme.

Learning and Assessment
Learners will learn through a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including practical workshops, lectures, collaborative work and peer group critiques. Assessment is a submission of portfolio that proves proficiency in the in the subject. Portfolio must illustrate a spectrum of creative solutions and demonstrate excellence and professionalism as recognized by industry standards.

Entry Requirement / Pre-requisite:
The applicant should be 18 years at least and must have successfully completed Senior High School. Must demonstrate professional skills in a 2D or 3D design software through submission of a creative portfolio.

Equipment Required
All the learners must bring to class a Windows laptop or an Apple Macintosh Airport-equipped notebook computer with DVD-R.

Softwares Required
All the students must bring to class a laptop computer with the following softwares installed:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Autodesk Maya and 3dsmax
  • The Foundry Modo
  • Pixologic ZBrush

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC7,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD2,500

4. Film Directing - 8 Weeks

The Role of a film director can be likened to that of a conductor of an orchestra. The director coordinates the roles played by production team members including actors to ensure that the vision of a production is achieved. He or she is responsible for every image and sound that appear on screen and therefore must demonstrate mastery of the production pipeline, from pre-production to post-production in order to succeed in his or her role.
This course equips learners with key skills of film directing. Learners will initially be introduced to storytelling, script writing, lighting, camera operation, casting and budgeting which is to give them thorough understanding of film production and to enhance their roles as directors in industry. Training will be mainly practical projects in the field. Learners will be assigned to direct for movie or documentary shoots as their creative and professional development projects.
Assessment is by submission of a portfolio which should showcase at least two productions the learner has directed either all movies or documentaries or a combination of both.
Comparatively, this course is the best of its kind in Africa in terms of competency areas and the training approach. If you aspire to become a film director or you want to improve your film directing skills then the School for the Creative Arts’ film directing course is the best for you.

Entry Requirement
The applicant should be at least 18 years at least and must have successfully completed senior high school.

Hardware Requirement
All the students must own and bring to class a professional camera which will be used throughout the course. The school will provide all other equipments.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC6,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD3,000

5. Video Editing - 4 Weeks

In this video editing course, learners will explore the techniques of the Adobe Premiere Pro programme. Learners will be introduced to the editing process from file organization and sub-clipping to editing audio, colour correction, grading, titles and credits, rendering, exporting and posting online.

Learning Outcome
At the end of training, learners will have a thorough understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere Pro.

Hardware and Software Requirement
All the students must bring to class a Windows laptop or an Apple Macintosh Airport-equipped notebook computer with DVD-R and with the Adobe Premiere Pro software installed.

Entry Requirement
The applicant should be at least 18 years old and must have successfully completed senior high school.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC3,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD1,500

6. 3D Architectural Modelling - 4 Weeks

In this course, learners will explore 3D modeling in 3dsmax software and will be able to model architectural landscapes, interiors and exteriors to a high level of realism.

Entry Requirement / Pre-requisite:
The applicant should be 18 years at least and must have successfully completed Senior High School The applicant must also demonstrate professional skills in a 2D or 3D design software through submission of a creative portfolio.

Hardware Requirement:
Al the students have a laptop computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop and 3dsMax softwares.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC4,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD2,000

7. 3D Architectural Visualization - 4 Weeks

Many clients do not understand floor plans and elevations. To the layman, these interpretations for houses and buildings are difficult to visualize. 2D and CAD drawings can come across as complicated without being able to convey the sense of space and volume a structure occupies. When the same information is presented in the form of a 3D architectural design or walkthrough, it becomes easy to comprehend.
In this course, learners will explore the techniques 3dsmax and V-Ray softwares provide artists to design and create realistic visualizations of buildings and interiors.

Entry Requirement / Pre-requisite:
The applicant should be 18 years at least and must have successfully completed Senior High School. The applicant must submit 3D Architectural modeling portfolio to prove 3D architectural modeling skills.

Hardware Requirement:
Al the students have a laptop computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop, 3dsMax and V-Ray softwares.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC6,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD2,500

8. 3D Architectural Animation - 4 Weeks

Architectural animation is considered to have a bright future ahead of it. This is because more and more architects and real estate developers are including computer animations in their marketing programs.
In this course, learners will be taught to create 3D architectural animations using 3dsmax and Maya. They will learn how to use 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering to successfully create walk-through videos or fly-throughs.

Learning Outcome
At the end of the course, the learner will be able to build a virtual environment in 3D and develop a walkthrough video of the complete design created. One can develop high end HD renders of exteriors and interiors.

Entry Requirement / Pre-requisite:
The applicant should be 18 years at least and must submit 3D Architectural modeling and Visualization portfolio to prove eligibility.

Hardware Requirement:
Al the students have a laptop computer loaded with Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk 3dsMax and Maya softwares.

Tuition Fee
Ghanaians: GHC6,000
Non-Ghanaians: USD2,500