Category Archives: Academy Work

IPL Student Packaging Design Competition

We just worked with IPL on a student packaging design competition and the work our students created was spot on. The project was led by Caylin van Der Walt from IPL with co-supervision by Cashandra Willemse from the Academy and we absolutely love the outcomes.

Our students’ challenge was to develop a unique and upmarket brand identity and packaging solution for the sex toy industry. An interesting subject to be sure!

Well done to Emma Fourie, Gemma Brown and Natalie Hoal who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively! Amazing work.

You can read more about the project and see the winning designs here.

Online Open Day – 16 May 2020

Welcome to our first ever online Open Day! We would like to make the process as easy as possible for you so please follow the guidelines below to see the structure.

Our online Open Day will run from 10.00 – 12.00.

We will start with our curriculum talk from 10.00 – 10.30.

From 10.30 – 11.30 we will have several links to lecturers available to answer any of your questions regarding our major subjects and courses. You can join any of the conversations at any time during the given time slot.

We’ll be using Jitsi as an online conferencing platform to protect your privacy, which is best used via Google Chrome/Firefox on your computer or you can use the Jitsi app on your mobile phone. The Jitsi link will be available from the home page of our website. 

Lastly we will have Louise, who will be live from 11.00 – 12.00 answering any of your questions related to our application process.

If you are hesitant to ask questions and be seen via your camera, you are more than welcome to listen in while keeping your camera off and ask any questions in a written format.

We look forward to having you online with us!

One Show – We are Winners!

To say that we are proud this morning is an understatement. We’ve just heard the news that our students have done incredibly well at this year’s One Show – an international advertising and creativity showcase that highlights some of the world’s best talents.

In the image above, you’ll see our socially distanced celebration on the night, with the team (students and lecturers) who created F I S S U R E all together on a Zoom call. It’s a pity we couldn’t all be together, but in our current circumstances we had a great time!

We won three awards on the night:

Simon Kotze won a Gold for his portfolio. Available here.

The team that created our short film, F I S S U R E, won a bronze cube. You can watch F I S S U R E on one of our previous posts here. And you can see their recognition on the One Show’s site here.

Simon Kotze also won a merit award for Lumen. Available here.

What an absolutely amazing outcome. We are so happy for all involved. To be recognised on the international stage like this shows just how much hard work our students and lecturers put into it day by day (and often night by night too!).

Well done everyone!

Stellenbosch Academy Honours Students Publish Reviews of the Stellenbosch Triennale on ArtThrob

What about some reading to see you through the isolation we all find ourselves in? We’re really proud that our honours students have been featured on ArtThrob, reviewing works from the Stellenbosch Triennale.

You can find pieces from Megan Vermaak, Tammy Manson, Nadine Wiese, Candice Williams, Brittney Moolman and Anke Geldenhuys here.

Well done everyone!

Open Day – 7 March

Our first Open Day for 2020 is just around the corner! We’ll be welcoming prospective students and their families to our campus on 7 March 2020.

The Open Day runs from 10:00 until 13:00 and there will be talks held at 10:30 and 12:00. What we’re doing a little differently this year is we’ll be holding a portfolio workshop on the day too (11:30 – 12:30), which means you can attend the workshop and come to our Open Day all in one visit!

If you’re interested, please RSVP to Louise here.

Emma Strydom wins SDAY 2019!

We’ve just heard that Academy alumnus Emma Strydom has won the overall award for the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY). She was named as one of 21 finalists in December and was recently named as the winner of it all!

She won for her work Sifunda, which covers interactive learning and early childhood development.

You can learn more about her achievement here.

Short Courses 2020

The Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography offers various short courses, that can help individuals and business employees expand their skills. 

A variety of short courses are on offer. Currently these include creative and marketing courses. Some of our most popular courses are things like:

  • Introduction to Basic Digital Photography
  • Cruiseship Photography
  • Digital Marketing
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign
  • Introduction to Graphic Design

This year, we’re adding some new exciting courses to meet the needs of creatives right now. These will include:

  • Introduction to Instagram
  • Bookbinding
  • Food Photography.

The calendar and course descriptions can be found on our website here.

Or you can mail Vanessa here for more info.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

Karlien de Villers featured in the Sunday Times

One of our lecturers, Karlien de Villiers, was just featured in the Sunday Times for her amazing art and illustration. We are so proud!

The article tracks her past and delves into her creative inspiration and thoughts on art and creativity. You can read it here.

To see more of Karlien’s awesome work (and yes we do say so ourselves!) you can visit her website here.

Stellenbosch Triennale 2020

We are so proud to be involved in the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020, which runs from 11 February to 30 April next year! It centres around the theme: Tomorrow there will be more of us and features multiple artists and exhibitions across Stellenbosch. We’ll be involved in a number of ways and we are very excited to tell you more as we get closer to the event.

For now, you can learn more about the Triennale at their website here, or their official release here.

Second Year Student Sandra Nagel featured on Bubblegum Club

Sandra Nagel, who is currently in second year at the Academy majoring in photography, has been featured on the Bubblegum Club website. This in-depth chat looks at her work and inspirations as well as her plans for the future.

We’ve included just one picture here so you have to visit the site to see more – because believe us… you want to see more!

You can read Sandra’s piece on Bubblegum Club here.

And you can follow her on Instagram here.