Category Archives: Academy Work

Stranger Things Illustration Exhibition – 8 October

Good news! Our annual illustration exhibition is just around the corner! We’re showing work from current students and alumni with the theme: Stranger Things.

The exhibition opens at 18:00 on 8 October at the Academy.

We’d love to see you there!

F I S S U R E – Our 3rd Year Multimedia Project

We are very proud to share our 3rd Year Multimedia Students’ short film project, entitled F I S S U R E. The official credits and release follow below:

FigJam Productions in association with The Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography presents:



A suspicious man follows an unknowing victim through his every day movements hoping to assume his identity and take control of his life.

Produced entirely by students from The Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography as part of their course work in fulfilment of the BA Visual Communications Degree – Specialising in Multimedia. 

2019 ©FigJam Productions and the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. All rights reserved.

We wish to thanks all our sponsors and contributors who made this production a reality:

– Oasis Water, Stellenbosch (

– Pleeko Print Studio (

– KWV Wines and Spirits (

– Printlab, Stellenbosch (

– Gordons Bay Security (

– MountWave Music (

– Abang Africa Travel (

– Acumen Capital (

– TasteLab (

– Vermont Vergin Alcohol – Free Gin (

– Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar, Stellenbosch (

– Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography (

Alumnus Cole Ndelu featured on the A3E programme

Cole Ndelu, who studied with us at the Academy, has recently been named as one of the artists to be selected for the 10and5 A3E (Artist Acceleration and Exposure) Programme. This is a really special achievement, being named amongst many other great artists.

You can see more about Cole on her profile here.

And you can read more about the A3E programme on the 10and5 website here.

Well done Cole!

Loeries 2019 – All our Winners!

What incredible news to share! We had a great return at this year’s Loerie Awards with the following students winning:

Estiene Etsebeth

Montana Ross

Kelsey Cloete

Katherine Blackmore

Meghan Kenmuir

Rebecca Langmead

Lene van Heerden

Simon Kotze

We are so proud of all of you. And while we all know that awards aren’t everything, it’s always great to have hard work recognised and to know that you’re on the right path. To all our students and lecturers who put in the hours and the effort – thank you so much; you’ve done the Academy proud!

Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Alena Gelen

Alena Gelen, one of our photography students, has earned another feather in her cap. She’s been named as a Top Talent in the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards!

You can see her full entry, Transgressing Blue Mood, here, which tells a story in cinematography and moving images.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Jean Claude Nsabimana

Great news! Our Honours photography student, Jean Claude Nsabimana has earned a spot in the first ever global class of Top Talent in the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

His work, Detritus Heroes, is about creating awareness about plastic pollution and illegal dumping.

To see more of it, please visit the official Adobe site here.