Category Archives: Academy Work

3rd Year Short Film – Abide

Each year, our 3rd year multimedia students create and produce their own short film. This year, our Multimedia class of 2018 worked together to create ‘Abide’.

“Deep convictions, innocent suffering, in memory lies pain.”


Abide was shot on location in Eden Forest, Theewaterskloof Dam and Bettys Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa.


Joshua Stadler, Cinzia Cioffi, Jordan Isaacs, Aphiwe Mwezeni, Marco Da Silva, Elize Goosen, Tegan Oldknow, Dru Sin, Clinton Wing and Rob Olivier.

Produced by Shooting Blanks Productions.

Shooting Blanks is a student-driven short-film production company. Thank you for joining us on our journey to conceptualise, produce and launch our first ever independent movie short as part of our multimedia design degree at Stellenbosch Academy of Photography & Design.

Without any further ado we present: Abide.


Student Gold Pack Awards

We’ve just heard that two of our students were named as finalists for the Student Gold Pack Awards 2018. What a great way to start the week!




Itchy Lice Treatment Kit

Daryl Surtees, a 3rd year Graphic Design student, created the packaging for a Hair Grooming Kit that treats the undesired lice on children’s heads. She made a concerted effort to create a kit with natural ingredients opposed to chemical ingredients. This more holistic approach was spurred by an article in which a mother sprayed insect repellent onto a child’s head and consequently the child succumbed from repellent poisoning.

Daryl also identified that the comprehensive treatment process would include having to use multiple products and to make this process hassle free she combined all the products into one convenient easy-to-use innovative pack.



Bloom Infused Sparkling Water

Taskeen Osman, a 2nd year Graphic Design student, designed a new approach to bottled water. Taskeen’s approach was to use water infused with edible herbs and plants containing the health benefits of each plant. The name BLOOM was chosen while she was looking for a synonym for “refresh”. Bloom captured her attention as it can be defined as more than just “a state of flowering”. The word as a verb, means to come into or be in full beauty or health; to flourish. Bio-degradable plastic as material was used for the bottle, this is recyclable, reusable and also compostable. The bottle cap is manufactured from PET plastic, as it is PVC-free and can therefore be recycled.


To learn more about the Student Gold Pack Awards, you can visit their website here.

Good luck Daryl and Taskeen!

Car Shoot with our Students

Recently, Sarel van Staden and Maryna Cotton, professional photographers based in Pretoria, visited the academy to show our students how they shoot cars. Their car photography workshop was attended by our students in the Higher Certificate in Commercial Photography as well as the photographer students from the BA programme. What is so incredible about Sarel and Maryna is not just their love for the craft and creative process of photography but also their unique FDL lighting technique, which elevates automotive photography into fine art.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Donford BMW in Stellenbosch for the use of their gorgeous car for the day.

And to learn more about Sarel and Maryna, please do visit their website here.

We Won Six Loeries!

What an amazing weekend for the Academy! It’s always special to be rewarded for the hard work you do throughout the year and having it recognised on such a big stage is always so gratifying.

To all of our students who entered: Well done!

To all of those who were finalists: Well done!

And to our winners: Well done again!

Emma Haines, Katherine Joubert, Traver Prinsloo, Kim Turton, Jana Pellissier and Jessica James – we are so proud of you!

To see their work, check out our previous blog post highlighting all our finalists here.

Alena Gelen Wins an Adobe Design Achievement Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to Alena Gelen who has won the Adobe Design Achievement Award in the Fine Art Photography Category for her image ‘Afro Indy Dandy’

This is one of the most prestigious awards a photographer can win and we are so proud of her achievement!

Alena is also the only winner from South Africa!

Afro Indi Dandy is a creative collaboration with fashion designer Hunter Blue telling the story about romantic love and gentle masculinity. Genderfluid beings that express themselves as wearable art, allowing their emotions to flow like music through their dress. It draws inspiration from poetry, flowers, and the joining of countries via textiles, African and Indian fabrics.
Afro Indy Dandy:

“When I saw you, I fell in love, And you smiled Because you knew”

– William Shakespeare

16 Loerie Finalists for 2018

We’ve just heard the incredible news that we’ve received 16 finalists for this year’s Loerie Awards. We’ve got all the work to share with you below and as soon as the awards are handed out we’ll let you know how we did.

Wish us luck!

Out of Home:

Kim Turton – Now You See Me

Kim Roos Now You See Me OOH

Kim Turton – Now You See Me

Kim Roos OOH Now You See Me

Monet Lacock – The Longer You Leave It

Monet La Cock OOH The Longer You Leave It


Logos and Identity Programmes:

Alexandra Hanson – The Golden Triplicity

Alexandra Hanson Logos and Identity Programmes - The Golden Triplicity

Jana Pellissier – The Serial Perfectionist

Jana Pellissier - Logos and Identity Programmes - The Serial Perfectionist


Package Design:

Emma Haines – Learning With Ouma

Emma Haines - Learning With Ouma - Packaging


Print and Design Crafts – Photography

Jessica James – Be Bold

Jessica James - Be Bold - Print and Design Crafts Photography


Collateral Design:

Emma Haines – Pimp My Kitchen – Eat Kayamandi

Emma Haines - Pimp My Kitchen - Collateral Design


Indoor Posters:

Traver Prinsloo – Rethink Mental Health

Traver Prinsloo - Indoor Posters - Rethink Mental Health

Traver Prinsloo – Rethink Mental Health



Newspaper and Magazine Advertising:

Chante Olivier – Mac Nudes

Chante Olivier - Mac Nudes - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Katherine Joubert – Spotlight

Katherine Joubert - Spotlight - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Katherine Joubert – Spotlight

Kimberley Joubert - Spotlight - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Monique Bonthuys – Beer Pressure

Monique Bonthuys - Beer Pressure - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Monique Bonthuys – Beer Pressure

Monique Bonthuys - Beer Pressure - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

Traver Prinsloo – If You’re New To Coffee

Traver Prinsloo - If you're new to coffee - Newspaper and Magazine Advertising

SPAN Corporate Identity

Recently, the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust changed their name and thus were looking for a new corporate identity. They approached our Graphic Design department at the Academy for help with rebranding. With a new name: The Stellenbosch Public Art Network (SPAN), our Graphic Design 3rd year students were given the task of defining their new corporate ID.

In the end, Lauren Riley’s work was chosen. Her work can be applied well to all of the different outputs and platforms in which which SPAN operates. This rollout did not just include the logo though, students also had to design a new front end for the website as well as an app which could be used by SPAN to guide the public through their exhibitions. The final part of the task was to design a wayfinding system for SPAN’s public art exhibitions, making the design not only decorative but highly functional too.

Well done Lauren – we are so proud of your work!

Check out more below.