Category Archives: Academy Work

Stellenbosch Academy Graduate named Finalist in Sony World Photography Awards

Cole Ndelu, a recent graduate of the Stellenbosch Academy has been named as a finalist at the Sony World Photography Awards! She is one of just three South Africans who have been named finalists in the competition, with the other two photographers appearing in the Open category. This makes Cole the only student from SA with a finalist placing!

Cole’s submission, Pride of the Panther, was created to meet the competition’s brief: Memories. This makes her one of just ten finalists in the student category from across the entire planet. To give you a further idea of the scope of this competition and put Cole’s achievement into perspective, the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 across all categories saw 227 596 images submitted from 183 countries. No mean feat!

As part of her placement as a finalist, Cole will be flown to London for the final judging where she stands a chance to win 30 000 Euros worth of photography equipment. Cole – we’ll be holding thumbs!

Good luck!

Stellenbosch Academy Short Courses

Interested in doing a short course through the Academy? We’ve got loads on offer which you can have a look at here.

And if you want to stay more up to date with all our goings-on with our short courses, you can also give our Facebook page a like over here.

If you’re interested in an info pack or want to know more about any of our short courses, send a mail to

See you soon!


Stellenbosch Academy secures 3 finalists in the Cape Town International Animation Festival

We’re starting the year off with a bang!

We’ve just heard that three of our students have been named as finalists in the Cape Town International Animation Festival. What makes this especially impressive is that all our finalists come from second year, pitting themselves against final year students from a number of other institutions! What an achievement.

Well done Coerine Hattingh, Jeroen Slee and Geena Prior – we are so proud!

Winners will be announced on 4 March, so stay tuned.

Alistair King’s Speech to the Academy in 2016

Alistair King needs no introduction. But if you aren’t aware of who he is, he is truly one of the heroes of South African advertising and creativity. He started the agency King James, which has consistently been at the top of the SA advertising game, remaining independent all the while.

When Alistair King talks – you listen. That means we were so excited to have him speak to us at the Academy about ‘The Fine Line Between Success and Failure’, it was so incredibly inspiring. The good news for the rest of us is he shared his talk online, for everyone to look at.

You can find the transcript here. Enjoy!

Next Open Day – 25 February!

Come join us at our next open day to see what it is we do at the Academy. If you want to know what we’re all about and are interested in applying to study in future – come have a look, we’d love to show you around.

If you’re interested, please RSVP to There will be curriculum talks at 10:00 and 11:30.

We hope to see you there!