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Adobe Creative Jam

Some of our students recently had the chance to take part in the Adobe Creative Jam in the Naspers building in Cape Town, it was a great inspiring day for all with a lot of laughs and learning.

Have a read of the release below:

Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography students and lecturers got a chance to show off their creativity and learn from top industry talent at the Adobe Creative Jam on Tuesday, September 25th.  The event was hosted by Media 24/Spree on the Nasdak floor of the Naspers Building in Cape Town.

The Creative Jam live event coordinated between Cape Town, South Africa and San Francisco, USA was inspired by South African Adobe Ambassador Ryk Benade.

The event kicked off at 3 p.m. with teams divided in groups from local industry creative, designers from spree.co.za, RLabs, Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, Cape Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology, and other organizations.

Jam-goers got the chance to learn from the best in the industry and speakers included the founder of R Labs and Jim Taylor speaking directly from the USA live via Adobe as well as the latest Adobe XD Tutorial given by Carla Ralph from Adobe South Africa.

Teams of handpicked industry designers along with Stellenbosch Academy students squared off in a mobile app development challenge with a social impact theme announced just hours earlier. The Adobe representatives from the USA judged the final ideas that had to be conceptualized and created within 2 hours.

Stellenbosch Academy students, Jonathan De Goede, Sarchen Gainsford and lecturer – Keenan Jooste – showed off their skills, competing against 8 other teams made up of students, scholars, industry creatives and developers. They were placed first at the event, prototyping an app that helped the victim when reporting sexual abuse.

We would like to thank Spree’s team, Ryk and Esther for the invitation to the Creative Jam as well as Adobe USA and Adobe South Africa for this amazing opportunity.


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.

Katherine Glenday Ceramics – Visit

Recently, our Second and Third Year students were invited to visit the celebrated ceramicist, Katherine Glenday, at her studio in Kalk Bay. Glenday specialises in porcelain; creating fragile, beautiful vessels that resonate with a quiet stillness. She went on to explain how she uses moulds to make her vessels as well as working on the wheel – creating objects which are so fine they are almost translucent in appearance. She went on to explain how different glazing techniques work and how important play and experimentation are to her creative process.

This was followed by a trip to the Kalk Bay Modern gallery, which sells her incredible work, amongst other gorgeous pieces.

Check out the pics from our visit below!

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.