Perhaps you’re in the middle of a gap year that’s not panning out the way you’d hoped or maybe you missed the boat when beginning-of-year applications were due. Or, it could simply be that you’re wanting to add some new skills to your repertoire. The Open Window Institute offers a wide range of short courses and one-year programmes that will upgrade your creative toolkit without the intense commitment and output that long-term studies require. The short courses run throughout the year and there’s a combo special on at the moment where if you pay for three or more courses at the same time, you’ll get the cheapest one for free. As for the one-year programmes, Open Window is currently accepting applications for their July intake. Read about the various courses below and scroll down to see some beautiful work by past students.
Presented by expert lecturers, there are over fifty short courses on offer from a comprehensive introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 to a practical class in acting. The graphic design course covers the principles of design, colour theory and typography while the photography course will take you from a foundational camera module to a closer look a specific genres within the medium like product and architectural photography. Other short courses at Open Window include web development, motion graphics, film production, screenwriting, project management and game design.
For something more in-depth, Open Window’s one-year programmes are skills-based and introduce the essential aspects of the chosen course in an applied approach. At the end of the graphic design course students will have the ability to combine imagery and text to create compositions while maintaining a firm grasp of the processes involved. The photography course aims to develop your technical proficiency in understanding the anatomy of the camera, exposure control, lighting, post-production with Adobe CS6 and more. The film production course provides a solid foundation for independent filmmakers looking to initiate their own projects or work on a professional set in the industry. Finally, the year-long course in 3D animation and game design will set you on the path to becoming a competent 3D animator or visual effects artist from animating characters to storyboarding scripts.
Visit www.openwindow.co.za for more information.
Below, see a selection of work by Open Window graduates.
Karabo Moletsane | Illustrator and designer
Drawn to all that makes South Africa so full of zest, culture and innovation, much of Karabo Moletsane’s work is dedicated to the cultural preservation of what she calls “the South African aesthetic”. We regularly show Karabo’s work on 10and5, but we can’t seem to get enough of her intriguing way of drawing people. See more of her work on Behance.
Louis Minnaar | Designer, animator, illustrator, director and ‘general picture-maker’
Louis Minnaar wears many hats. Working as a designer, animator, illustrator, director, artist, filmmaker and sometimes even musician, he’s possibly the most multi-talented person we know of. Watch his showreel below and you’ll see what we mean. More at louisminnaar.com.
Inus Pretorius | Illustrator and graphic designer
Whether he’s creating work for the South African Letterpress Artist’s Almanac 2015 or narrative illustrations based on poetry, Inus Pretorius’ work has a surreal element to it with floating figures, curvy shapes and striking colours. See more of his work on Behance and read our interview here.
Olivia Mortimer | Photographer
Olivia Mortimer’s photography is dreamy and playful. After finishing her studies she teamed up with five other Open Window Institute graduates for ‘Tok Tokkie‘, a cross country road trip. Their plan is to meet new and interesting people from small town areas, telling their stories through photographs and short films. See more Olivia’s work on her blog. Find out more about ‘Tok Tokkie‘
Willem van den Heever | Filmmaker, writer, director, producer and editor
Pretoria-based filmmaker Willem van den Heever is a self-described perfectionist, which is why he likes to oversee every stage of production himself. His recent works ‘Dropping In‘, ‘Coffee‘ and ‘A Man Made of More‘ have screened at festivals around the world. He is currently raising funds to film ‘Daniel Munro’, a comedy-drama short film about a mysterious, wealthy young man from the city who ends up at a road stall in the middle of the barren Tankwa Karoo after his car broke down. Watch more of Willem’s work on Vimeo and stay up to date with him on Twitter. Read more about ‘Daniel Munro’ and donate at gogetfunding.com/daniel-munro.
Amber Smith | Illustrator and designer
Creating soft yet striking images with a hand-made feel has become something of a signature for Amber Smith. She enjoys experimenting with traditional mediums and then layering them to create intricate illustrations with a touch of humour. She exhibited a body of work titled ‘Back to the Future‘ at Wolves towards the end of last year. See more on Behance and read our interview here.