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OPEN CALL: The Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography Offers an Enriching Honours Degree in Visual Communication

With a growing number of creative programmes in place for students to pursue in higher education institutions, SA youth is provided with various opportunities to explore their many talents. One of them being the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography. The academy recently opened applications for students to apply for their Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Communication academic programme.

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The Bachelor of Arts Honours in Visual Communication is a one-year full-time NQF 8 majoring in design, multimedia, applied illustration, photography and art direction. During the year of study, the students will be provided with the opportunity to build a self-directed creative body of work that develops a level of knowledge that matches theory and context. Additionally, the programme provides students with an exciting and enriching opportunity to participate in a cross border Creative Exchange which will expose them to Southern African visual culture and immersion in current debates.

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Under the supervision of dedicated individuals with industry and teaching experience, participating students will be exposed to advanced technical and conceptual development, critical thinking skills, an understanding of the power of visual communication as a tool for change, as well as being introduced to design thinking and design activism.

The degree comprises three subjects:

Contextual Studies – This involves understanding a range of contextual, conceptual and thematic design issues, transdisciplinary design approach, cities and space, design thinking and design activism, sustainable design challenges, introduction to sustainability, cross-disciplinarity, socio-political and philosophy context, technology and design, cultural and generational theory, political economics, finance and globalization, complexity and design, ethics and power.

Visual Studies – This subject tackles theoretically informed critique of visual communication, research, and writing skills, critically reading and responding to images. It focuses on multidisciplinary skills set that draws from philosophy, art history, cultural studies, and sociology. Writing a literature review, a mini-thesis, implementation of sound research design and methods are also included in the subject.

Creative Practice – A Practical portfolio, with reiterative creative cycles resulting in a portfolio, exhibition and process documentation, execution of innovative and original body of creative work, engagement with current trends, theories and creative concepts, advanced technical, conceptual and theoretical skills.

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Additional academic support provided:

  • Studio and workspace provided with Apple Mac desktop computers with relevant design packages
  • Access to equipment (photo studio, cameras and lenses, printing press and illustration studio, etc.)
  • Access to library and Ebscohost (online journals)
  • IT support
  • Workplace internship opportunities

Applications are open up until 10 January 2020. Applications can be sent to  info@stellenboschacademy.co.za.



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