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Creative Short Courses

The Open Window believes in a culture of continuous learning, skills development and personal enrichment.

For this reason, we have developed a range of focused creative short courses that appeal to a much wider audience – from prospective students, as well as art and design enthusiasts who want to learn a new skill, to industry professionals who want to sharpen their knowledge base or are contemplating a career change.

Workshops and courses focus on further training in the various related fields of art and computer graphics and are presented in the evenings and on weekends.

Enquire about our creative short courses

Software TrAining

Adobe Photoshop

Create beautifully layered, composite print and web designs, or simply retouch and edit digital photographs with Adobe Photoshop, the world’s leading paint and graphic editing software application.

Who should attend?

Anyone who needs to: retouch digital photographs; refresh prior Photoshop knowledge and skills; and learn new application features and workflow.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Adobe INDESIGN

Design sophisticated print layouts and convert them into digital formats with Adobe InDesign, one of the world’s leading layout software applications.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in digital illustration or creating vector artwork.

Level:

Basic - Intermediate

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Adobe ILLUSTRATOR

Compose beautiful digital illustrations and vector artwork in an easy, intuitive manner with Adobe Illustrator, one of the world’s leading illustration software applications.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in digital illustration or creating vector artwork.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Adobe Aftereffects

Whether you are working in broadcast and film, doing online work or for mobile devices, Adobe After Effects CS5 software enables you to create ground-breaking motion graphics and blockbuster visual effects.

Who should attend?

Anyone working with or who intend to create motion graphics with After Effects.
The course is aimed at the novice with no prior After Effects experience.
It could also serve as a refresher course on the new features.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Adobe FIREWORKS

Adobe Fireworks CS6 software enables you to create expressive, highly optimised graphics for the web or virtually any device, from smartphones and kiosks, to embedded displays. This focused group shows you how to produce websites, user interfaces and rich prototypes that can be edited in both vector and bitmap modes.

Who should attend?

Anyone who intends to create graphics and animations for web pages or user interfaces.
The course is aimed at the novice with no prior Fireworks experience.
It could also serve as refresher course on the new features.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Adobe FLASH

Become proficient at the workflow and environment of Adobe Flash, while mastering the basics of animation.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning Flash, whatever his/her specific requirements may be. The Flash course is offered at a basic to intermediate level and focuses on the software application and workflow. Basic animation techniques will be covered during the course.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Dreamweaver

Create and manage professional websites using Adobe’s leading website design and development application, Dreamweaver. Learn all about a good workflow as you discover the large toolset offered by this industry leading software. The Dreamweaver course is software based, but offers great insight into the workflow and process of website creation and maintenance.

Who should attend?

Existing knowledge of website creation is essential. The course is intended for candidates who seek insight into using Dreamweaver, the software application, as a means to create and maintain websites. Please refer to our Website Design Basic course if you have no prior knowledge of website creation.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Basic MAC

This course provides the student with an introduction and orientation to the most popular of Apple’s desktop computers: The iMac. The course introduces the student to both the hardware and the software on the iMac, as well as providing instruction on basic operations of the iMac.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed for the absolute novice in mind. Any person who wishes to learn may attend.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Design Software Training

Adobe Photoshop

Create beautifully layered, composite print and web designs, or simply retouch and edit digital photographs with Adobe Photoshop, the worlds leading paint and graphic editing software application.

Who should attend?

Anyone who needs to: retouch digital photographs; refresh prior Photoshop knowledge and skills; and learn new application features and workflow.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Adobe INDESIGN

Design sophisticated print layouts and convert them into digital formats with Adobe InDesign, one of the worlds leading layout software applications.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in digital illustration or creating vector artwork.

Level:

Basic - Intermediate

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Adobe ILLUSTRATOR

Compose beautiful digital illustrations and vector artwork in an easy, intuitive manner with Adobe Illustrator, one of the worlds leading illustration software applications.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in digital illustration or creating vector artwork.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Photography

Camera Foundation

This course focuses on basic skills for users of digital single-lens reflex cameras. The atmosphere of this course is relaxed and personal attention is provided to the camera enthusiast in order to understand his or her own D-SLR camera.

Who should attend?

This course is developed specifically for the complete novice, new camera owner and camera enthusiast of ages 14 or older.

Level:

Beginner

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Photoshop for photographers

The Photoshop for Photographers advanced course broadens the student’s post-production skills to a higher level. This course will teach students how to edit and enhance their photographic images by using advanced.

Who should attend?

People aged 14+ can benefit from this course – provided that the learner is already familiar with the fundamentals of the Adobe platform. If not, we strongly advise that the applicant first do the Photoshop course. Using AdobePhotoshop and Adobe Bridg is ideal for any digital photographer (hobbyist or professional) who needs to go beyond the basics of Photoshop.

Level:

Intermediate

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Studio Photography (People)

The most popular reason for acquiring studio equipment is to photograph people. There are many approaches to lighting a portrait or people-based photoraphy depending on the context, for example, a fashion or beauty shot typically is approached differently from that of a character study or the portrait of a child.  This course is designed to teach the student how to effectively light portraiture both indoors and outdoors using studio lighting, as well as understanding the contexts of portrait types and how lighting and styling is approached.

Who should attend?

This is an advanced lighting course and students should be familiar with the technical aspects of either film or digital SLR cameras. If not, we strongly advise that students first complete the Camera Foundation course. Students also benefit greatly if they have completed the Creative Natural Light course, but it is not compulsory.

Level:

Intermediate - Advanced

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Studio Photography (PRODUCTS)

This course is designed to teach students the various lighting set-ups of different still life and product set-ups used for a variety of applications, whether they are commercial in nature, or for creative personal use.

Who should attend?

Any student who is interested in acquiring technical and specifically lighting skills for still life and product photography.

Level:

Intermediate - Advanced

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Creative Lighting

There is a common misconception that expensive lighting equipment must be used to create dramatically lit photographs. However, understanding the basic principles of light as well as developing an awareness of lighting, enables the photographer to render the most challenging lighting situations into logical and easy-to-execute lighting set-ups.

This course introduces the student to the effective use of any available light source, such as daylight, tungsten- or torch light, in order to create interesting photographic images. This course purposefully limits the student’s use of photographic lighting equipment, and it allows for more imaginative lighting solutions and an adequate understanding of the principles of light.  All light sources and materials used for this course are found in and around the house.

Who should attend?

People from ages 14 and older can benefit from this course – provided that the student is already familiar with the technical aspects of either a film or digital single-lens reflex camera  We recommend that the student completes the camera foundation course in  order to furnish the student with such technical aspects prior to attending the creative lighting course.

Level:

Intermediate

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FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

This course was developed to allow the student to understand the different flash equipment available on the market and how to use it optimally.

Who should attend?

This is an advanced lighting course and students should be familiar with the technical aspects of either film or digital single-lens reflex cameras. If not, it is strongly advised that the student first attend the Camera Foundation short course. Students may also benefit greatly if they have completed the Creative Natural Light short course prior to attending the Flash Photography short course, although it is not a prerequisite.

Level:

Intermediate - Advanced

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Graphic Design

Elements of Art & Principles of Design

This course is the first of three design basics courses offered to adults. It introduces the student to the language of visual communication. Our aim is to develop creative problem solving and conceptual skills through guided workshops, which introduce the student to good design elements and principles.

Who should attend?

People who have a keen interest in visual communication. - People who are not in the graphic design industry, but could benefit from gaining knowledge in basic graphic design skills, principles and ground rules.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Corporate Identity & Branding

This course introduces the student to the process of corporate identity development and branding, by exploring the elements and principles of good design and how these can be used to design a successful logo. We also aim to give the student the necessary knowledge to understand the world of brands.

Who should attend?

Individuals in the business sector interested in gaining more knowledge about corporate identity development. Individuals who are not in the graphic design industry, but could benefit from gaining knowledge in basic corporate identity design principles and ground rules.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Editorial Design

This course introduces students to the process of layout design, by exploring the elements and principles of good design and how these can be used to combine text and image effectively. Students will work in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop to create appealing magazine spreads for print, as well as improve and finalise a corporate newsletter.

Who should attend?

Individuals in the business sector interested in gaining more knowledge about editorial layout design.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Album Layout

This course covers everything you need to know about creating your own album. Whether you want to publish it digitally via social media, or in hard copy as a traditional album, this course will show you how.Learn how to make digital collages, computer wallpapers, customised Facebook and Google+ albums. Create Scrapbooks, Photo Albums, Calendars and much, much more!
Learn to do batch edits on your images, tag people automatically, use Geotagging to add locations to any of your images.Design your own album from the ground up. Using advanced features create calendars and even coffee table books.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed specifically with the average person in mind. Using software such as Picasa from Google that comes free with the course, anyone interested in making their own albums digitally or in print should attend.

Level:

Created to be as comprehensive as possible, the course starts with the very basics

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TYPOGRAPHY ( Coming Soon )

Typography is a specialized and delicate science with a history as old as language itsself. This course aims to give learners an understanding of how type can not only be applied through its content, but that graphic typography has a communicative, conceptual and decorative function.

Who should attend?

This course is dedicated to anyone interested in the secret language of letterforms. As typography forms an integral part of the design process, an understanding of its application will provide any learner with the ability to communicate better through the use of type. 

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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Web Design

Web Design: Visual Design

This course covers the visual design aspect and considerations of websites, and introduces the technology involved in creating and serving content on this platform. Learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver software to simplify the process. The course focuses on HTML5- / CSS-based websites.

Who should attend?

This course aims to introduce the novice to website design techniques that adheres to accessibility standards of the world wide web.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Web design: Implementation (building a website)

Use Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML5 and CSS to create sophisticated websites. Learn to plan, design and manage your website to accessibility standards. Optimise your website for search engine listing and understand online marketing. Gain an understanding of dynamic websites and server-side technologies.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for individuals skilled in visual design disciplines such as graphic/print design. The course builds on the web design: visual design course and focus on the technical aspects of website design.

Level:

Intermediate

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Server Side Scripting (PHP & MYSQL)

PHP is a popular general-purpose server-side scripting language, which can be embedded into HTML to create a wide variety of mini-applications, but can also be used to build large-scale complex Web applications. This course is intended to enable website designers to make their websites more dynamic, by writing basic scripts and understand how to implement more complex PHP scripts.

Who should attend?

Website designers who are familiar with the technologies involved in website creation (HTML, CSS). Client-side scripting knowledge is recommended. Designers who are familiar with other server-side technologies (ASP) will find this course useful.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Client side Scripting (JavaScript)

JavaScript is the language of choice for adding functionality to web pages, validating forms, detecting browsers, and much more. This course is intended to enable website designers to make their websites more dynamic, by writing basic scripts and understand how to implement more complex JavaScript libraries.

Who should attend?

Website designers who are familiar with the technologies involved in website creation and implimentation (HTML, CSS).

Level:

Intermediate

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JQUERY

Use jQuery – one of the most popular JavaScript libraries – to enhance front-end website behaviour and create a rich interactive web interface experience. This course is aimed at designers with prior HTML, CSS and JavaScript experience.

Who should attend?

Anyone with HTML, CSS and JavaScript experience who want to sharpen their expertise.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Dreamweaver

Create and manage professional websites using Adobe’s leading website design and development application, Dreamweaver. Learn all about a good workflow as you discover the large toolset offered by this industry leading software. The Dreamweaver course is software based, but offers great insight into the workflow and process of website creation and maintenance.

Who should attend?

Existing knowledge of website creation is essential. The course is intended for candidates who seek insight into using Dreamweaver, the software application, as a means to create and maintain websites. Please refer to our Website Design Basic course if you have no prior knowledge of website creation.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Joomla

Students use Joomla to build a web site from scratch—no programming required—and guides site designers through the process, from installation to launch. The course demonstrates how to create and organize content; add menus, sidebars, and other features; change the look with templates; install plug-ins and extensions; assign specific users to create and edit content; and much more. Students will also be shown how to evaluate the quality of third-party extensions and templates and how to download and install them, and emphasizes the importance of backups for your Joomla site, with details on creating and storing those backups.

Who should attend?

Attendees should have a basic – intermediate understanding of web design & implementation

Level:

Intermediate

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WordPress

The WordPress ourse shows students how to get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and web sites. It explains how to get a web host, set up a domain, and download, configure, and upload WordPress to your newly hosted site. The course then dives fully into WordPress tools, demonstrating how to set up your profile and create content to share with your web audience. The course includes everything from adding images, video, formatting, and links that make posts “pop”, to installing plug-ins, creating custom themes, and attracting readers with permalinks, social sharing, and more.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in blogging software or an easy to use Web CMS.

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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Social Media MAnAGEMENT

In this Social Media course, students will be shown dozens of ways to promote a company’s brand, increase sales, engage customers, and drive site traffic using Facebook and Twitter. The course covers not only the fundamentals of social media marketing, but also the basics of creating a top-level online presence. From building Facebook pages to authoring SEO-friendly Twitter bios, the course dives into the details of both services and discusses how to maximize the impact of social marketing with third-party add-ons.

Pinterest is a social media tool that allows you to bookmark content around the web in a visually pleasing arrangement. In this course, the basics of setting up and managing a Pinterest account and explore ideas for finding inspiration. Fill out your profile; add friends, and start pinning. Discover how to share activity on Facebook and Twitter, add your own image and video pins, and plan for activities like a wedding or vacation. The course also covers pinning on the go with the iOS and Android apps.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in using social media as a personal or marketing tool.

Level:

All may attend

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ANIMATION

AUTODESK 3D STUDIOMAX (Basic)

The course focuses on familiarising the student with the 3D interface and tools of Autodesk 3D Studio Max. The course content deals with architectural visualisations, simulations and motion design.

Who should attend?

People with a fair understanding of computer software and a technical inclination. Graphic designers or architects who want to extend their skills.
People who enjoy 3D design.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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AUTODESK 3D Studio Max / SOFTIMAGE (ADVANCED)

The course builds on the knowledge acquired during the basic course, and allows students to work in either 3D Studio Max or Softimage. Students will go through advanced animation pipeline processes focusing geared towards commercial and character animation.

Who should attend?

People interested in character or commercial animation.

Level:

Intermediate – Advanced

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GAME DESIGN

The course introduces the learner to the tools and techniques used to create the content for 3D games.

Who should attend?

Gamers and 3D artists. People with an interest in gaming

Level:

Intermediate - Advanced

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film

acting For SCREEN (BASIC)

Cinema requires a different discipline of performance to the stage. In this course, we investigate the essential differences between stage and screen and train individuals to recognise the elements of a successful screen performance be it for film or television. Over a series of three courses, students will be trained to deliver professional camera performances.

Who should attend?

Persons interested in performing for the camera.
Persons with training.

Level:

Beginner – Intermediate

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acting For SCREEN (INTERMEDIATE)

Cinema requires a different discipline of performance to the stage. In this course, we investigate the essential differences between stage and screen and train individuals to recognise the elements of a successful screen performance be it for film or television. Over a series of three courses, students will be trained to deliver professional camera performances.

Who should attend?

Persons interested in performing for the camera.
Persons with stage training who want to expand their performance repertoire.

Level:

Intermediate

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acting For SCREEN (ADVANCED)

Cinema requires a different discipline of performance to the stage. In this course we investigate the essential differences between stage and screen and train individuals to recognize the elements of a successful screen performance be it for film or television. Over a series of three courses, students will be trained to deliver professional performances for the camera.

Who should attend?

Persons interested in performing for the camera.
Persons with training in stage that want to expand their repertoire of performance.

Level:

Acting for Screen 2

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FILM EDITING SOFTWARE (BASIC)

Editing is what makes film making the art form that it is. Yet for many would-be editors the apparent complexities of editing systems and theories make this a daunting prospect.
This short introductory course teaches learners how to use Final Cut Pro effectively and also gives an introduction to editing theory. This allows learners to approach the post-production of a film with the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective and creative editor. Students will be introduced to key skills, such as importing and cutting footage. They will also be shown how to manipulate and edit sounds in Final Cut Pro. After completing of the course, students will know how to use of the various sound and visual effects that Final Cut Pro offers and will be ready to export their work to a DVD.

Who should attend?

Learners with an interest in editing who want to learn the necessary skills to use Final Cut Pro in the post-production of a filmic work.

Level:

Beginners and learners with limited exposure to editing and Final Cut Pro.

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FILM EDITING SOFTWARE (INTERMEDIATE)

Editing is a subtle art – the slightest addition of an effect here or there; the gentlest tweak of the colour; or a light sweetening of the sound and the entire production becomes more successful. This short course introduces students to the more advanced aspects of Final Cut Studio, whether the student is building on previous Editing On Final Cut Pro course, or already has some experience in using Final Cut Pro. Students will gain an advanced knowledge of the Final Cut Pro workflow. Their sound editing skills will be advanced through an introduction to the use of Soundtrack Pro. Using the Colour programme will improve the students’ understanding and use of colour grading. Finally, students will be shown how to create and master a DVD using DVD Studio Pro. After completing the course, students will be able to edit and present their audio-visual work at a professional level.

Who should attend?

Learners with an interest in editing who want to learn how to use Final Cut Pro in the post-production of a filmic work.

Level:

Learners with intermediate knowledge of Final Cut Pro, as well as those who are interested in Soundtrack Pro, Color and DVD Studio Pro.

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film Making (BASIC)

For many aspiring film makers producing a film is seen as a vastly complex and expensive process. This course will equip learners (who have not had any, or indeed limited, training) with the skills and knowledge to write, direct and edit their own independent films by using everyday resources. This short introductory course provides the building blocks for creating a film. Students will learn the foundations of how to write a compelling screenplay; take the first steps in becoming a director; start off with the essence of producing and initiate themselves into the art of editing.

Who should attend?

Learners with an interest in film making who wan to learn the basic skills required to write, direct or produce their own films.

Level:

Beginners as well as learners with limited exposure to film making.

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film making (Intermediate)

This course builds on the Film Production Skills (Introduction) Course, but can be taken by students who want to improve their writing, directing, producing and sound recording skills. Students will be guided through techniques to improve their writing on both an aesthetic and practical level. They will be instructed on techniques that are vital to being a creative producer. Afterwards, they will workshop with actors to improve their directing directors. Finally, they will be taught how to ensure effective on-set sound recording.

Who should attend?

Learners who:
know the basics of film making and who wish to improve their skills as writers or producers; and want to learn how to work with actors or record sound on set.

Level:

Intermediate film makers and learners with some film making experience.

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film making (Advanced)

This course builds on what was learned in the Intermediate Film Production Skills Course, but can be taken by students who want to improve their directing, producing and lighting skills. The course starts off by demonstrating the finer points of producing a film. This includes the contracts and releases required for actors and locations, as well as tips and tricks for smart fundraising. To improve students’ skills as directors, there will be a workshop to advance their skills with regard to working with actors. This will be complemented by a workshop on improving their efficiency on a set management level. To round off the course, there will be a workshop on lighting skills and techniques.

Who should attend?

Learners who already have a sound film making knowledge and who wish to improve their organisational skills as producers; the manner in which they work with actors and crew members; or skillful lighting to add even more value to their work.

Level:

Advanced filmmakers and learners who are experienced in film making.

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Sound

Sound (BASIC)

This 1st level course looks at the 9 phase processes involved in conceptualization, preproduction, arranging and producing numerous genres of sound designs and modern music. Emphasis is on wave based production and multi-track based arranging, sequencing and the basics in mixing and mastering your audio composition. Participants will learn the fundamentals of sound, sound waves, wave editing and the necessary tools for a home studio’s production setup.

Who should attend?

Individuals, Scholars / Students keen on producing Urban Song or Sound Design [House | Ambient | Acid Jazz |Experimental | Hip Hop | R&B | Kwaito | Dub Step | Pop Drum & Bass | Electro | Alternative | Metal | Instrumental | Rap | Classical] from home.
People interested in Composing, Producing Short Film Soundtracks, Audio Scores for Radio & 3D Animation, Audio-Scape Installations for Visual & Foley Artistes, Sound Art Designers, Web Media Sound Effects and Television-geared Commercial Break Jingles.

Level:

Level 1 is open to all. (Maximum 3-4 Students per class sitting)
Students must have basic computer operational skills.
Participants must be competently fluid in Level 1 aspects before moving onto the next level.

Sound (INTERMEDIATE)

This 2nd level course looks at the 9 phase processes involved in conceptualization, preproduction, arranging and producing numerous genres of sound designs and modern music. Emphasis is on wave based production and multi-track based arranging, sequencing and the mixing, mastering, sound-scaping / panning of your audio composition. Participants will get ear training lessons to teach discernment between hearing and listening to sound. Also to study audio wave energy patterns within a song and the various genres of music and creating industry standard recordings for television, internet, radio & the events & video gaming industries.

Who should attend?

Individuals, Scholars / Students keen on producing Urban Song or Sound Design [House | Ambient | Acid Jazz |Experimental | Hip Hop | R&B | Kwaito | Dub Step | Pop Drum & Bass | Electro | Alternative | Metal | Instrumental | Rap | Classical] from home.
People interested in Composing, Producing Short Film Soundtracks, Audio Scores for Radio & 3D Animation, Audio-Scape Installations for Visual & Foley Artistes, Sound Art Designers, Web Media Sound Effects and Television-geared Commercial Break Jingles.

Level:

Level 2 is open to all who completed Level 1. (Max 3 Students per class sitting)
Students must have basic computer operational skills.
Participants must have completed level 1 successfully before moving onto level 2.

Sound (ADVANCED)

This 3rd level course looks at the 9 phase processes involved in conceptualization, preproduction, arranging and producing numerous genres of sound designs and modern music. Emphasis is on wave manipulation and multi-track based arranging, sequencing and advanced mixing and mastering your audio artwork. Participants will learn the extremities to which sound, sound waves, wave editing can be propelled in creating a visual in the mind of their audience by assembling sound, layered and mixed to evoke the imagination and subconscience for art installations, multimedia presentations and avant-garde audio productions.

Who should attend?

Individuals, Scholars / Students keen on producing Urban Song or Sound Design [House | Ambient | Acid Jazz |Experimental | Hip Hop | R&B | Kwaito | Dub Step | Pop Drum & Bass | Electro | Alternative | Metal | Instrumental | Rap | Classical] from home. People interested in Composing, Producing Short Film Soundtracks, Audio Scores for Radio & 3D Animation, Audio-Scape Installations for Visual & Foley Artistes, Sound Art Designers, Web Media Sound Effects and Television-geared Commercial Break Jingles.

Level:

Level 3 is open to all. (Maximum 3 Students per Class Sitting)
Students must have basic computer operational skills.
Participants must have complete level 2 successfully before moving onto level 3.

 

fine arts

painting introduction

This course offers a thorough foundation for learners who have not had any, or limited formal training in painting. Through individual tuition, the learner will discover a personal vocabulary that is based on formal principles. This will develop into visual problem solving through the process of clear conceptual thought. Learners will also be assisted to expand their ability to experience and to convey their world in visual terms.

Who should attend?

Learners who are interested in acquiring general painting knowledge. This course will expose learners to various painting styles, painting techniques and genres.
An advanced painting course will be presented for students with previous experience in painting. Prospective students will be guided as to whether they should enroll for the advanced course. This course will focus on more advanced painting techniques, developing personal style and developing conceptual ideas and media exploration.

Level:

The course is suited for beginners, as well as learners with limited exposure to painting.

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Figure drawing

The purpose of this course is to help students obtain the basic skill of drawing the human figure from observation of a live model. The degree of representation will vary from correct renderings of the figure to loose and expressive sketches. Focus will be on the development of observational skills, measuring techniques, the understanding of human proportions and the development of general drawing technique with the emphasis on line quality, gesture, contour, and tonal modeling.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for interested amateurs, art students, art teachers and the practicing artists who want to broaden their understanding of the processes and potentialities of drawing. Being able to draw the human body from life requires strong observational and perceptual ability. Therefore, it is recommended that the learner should be familiar with basic drawing techniques.

Level:

The course is suited for learners with limited exposure to drawing from life, as well as learners with advanced figure drawing skills.

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Observational drawing (BASIC)

This course offers a thorough foundation to learners who have limited or no formal training in drawing. This course will assist beginner students to find their creative voice, expand their ability to experience and to state their world in visual terms. The observational drawing course will give learners an in-depth understanding of the elements of drawing; line, shape, tonal value, volume and texture, as well as the elements of perspective and composition.

Who should attend?

Learners who are interested in general drawing and who intend to develop their drawing skills and techniques.

Level:

The course is suited to beginners, as well as learners with limited exposure to drawing.

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Observational drawing (INTERMEDIATE)

This course is an extension of the Observational Basic course.
It further develops the student’s observational skills and expands their experience of various forms of media, materials and approaches to drawing. This course will teach learners to look more carefully and experiment with a broader sense of freedom. Focus will be on different drawing materials, methods, composition, and an introduction to drawing the human figure.

Who should attend?

Learners who are interested to develop their drawing skills and experiment with drawing techniques and material with a broader sense of freedom.

Level:

The course is suited to beginners, as well as learners with limited exposure to drawing.

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Traditional Illustration (BASic) (Coming Soon)

This course offers a thorough foundation for learners who have not had any experience in the field of illustration. Gouache, ink and other traditional drawing mediums will be used to experiment with in an illustrative manner. The course therefore aims to cover various approaches to traditional illustration by showing how various mediums can be combined to form a completed illustration.

Who should attend?

People with an interest in illustration, who want to familiarize themselves with vrious traditional illustration techniques.

Level:

Basic: Beginners drawing skills would be an advantage.

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Traditional Illustration (INTERMEDIATE) (Coming Soon)

This introduction to printmaking course will cover a few basic printing techniques for beginners. The formal principles and techniques of monotype, drypoint etching and marley tile/lino printing will be explored. Students will experiment with mediums and techniques in order to produce their own prints under the themes provided. 

Who should attend?

Learners who are interested in the printmaking process and who want to r.explore the different techniques in printmaking. This also includes people with drawing ability who want to take their drawing a step further.

Level:

Intermediate. The course is suited for people with a basic drawing foundation.

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comics

characterization and narrative

This is a short introductory course to the conception, creation and drawing of comics. Students are introduced to the medium by means of introductory PowerPoint presentations. Hereafter, they are guided through the entire creative process of creating their own individual character, story, and ultimately a one-page comic.

Who should attend?

Persons wishing to find out more about creating and conceptualizing a comic.

Level:

All may attend.

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Management

Project Management

In an ever-changing world, with resources becoming scarcer and economic pressure building on organizations to survive, the role of formal project management is becoming more and more important. This course forms the first step for any person or organization that wishes to implement a formal project management methodology in their work environment.

Level:

All may attend.

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Event Management Skills

The course covers the various items in event planning, from the development of a plan, creating checklists and understanding the personality types to building relationships with industry partners and marketing the event. The course also provides guidance in how to deal with the unforeseen and doing a post event evaluation.

Level:

All may attend.

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Social Media MAnAGEMENT

In Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter, students will be shown dozens of ways to promote a company’s brand, increase sales, engage customers, and drive site traffic using Facebook and Twitter. The course covers not only the fundamentals of social media marketing, but also the basics of creating a top-level online presence. From building Facebook pages to authoring SEO-friendly Twitter bios, the course dives into the details of both services and discusses how to maximize the impact of social marketing with third-party add-ons.

Who should attend?

Anyone

Level:

Basic – Intermediate

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