Namibia College of the Arts (COTA) Fashion Design

College of the Arts (COTA) – Fashion Design School in Namibia

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About the College of the Arts, Namibia

The College of the Arts (Cota) is an institution of arts education in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. It employs 39 lecturers full-time and 75 on part-time basis.

Cota was established by citizens of German heritage in 1971 as a Whites-only State Conservatory of Music. In the mid-80s drama and visual arts were added to the Conservatory’s programs, and in 1990 it was renamed College for the Arts.

The seven full-time degree programs currently offered are African Performing Arts, Product Development and Design, Fashion Design, Television Production, Radio Production, New Media Design, and Music and Sound Production. Tertiary programs are offered as three-year courses of studies. COTA’s leitmotiv is “Lifelong learning through the arts”.

College of the Arts (COTA) Courses Offered

Diploma in Performing Arts

 Diploma in Television Production

Diploma in Radio Production

Diploma in Visual Arts

Diploma in New Media Design

Diploma in Fashion Design

Diploma in Performing Arts

College of The Arts Entry Requirements

It is relatively easy to make it into the Cota fashion programme. Students should at least have 17 points in Grade 12 and show basic artistic potential, especially in drawing. 


Grade 12, 17 Points, D in English or  mature age entry 23 years + 3 years proven experience


Grade 12, 17 Points, C in English or mature age entry 23 years + 3 years proven experience


Grade 12, 17 Points, E in English or mature age entry 23 years + 3 years proven experience

College of The Arts Application Guide

How to apply for COTA Diploma courses:

  1. Download the PDF form
  2. Fill in the form by hand, scan and send together required documents to
  3. Alternatively send the documents to COTA, PoBox 2963, Windhoek
  4. Alternatively, hand in the form at either COTA Town Campus, or COTA Katutura Campus (KCAC)
  5. N$ 30 application fee payable

Download the application form here

COTA Contact Details

Use the contact information below for support;

Windhoek, Namibia

P.O. Box 2963

Tel: 264 61 374100

Fax: 264 61 229007