OW Academic Staff


Michael Angelopulo
B Arch
Maaike Bakker
MTech (Fine Arts)
Anette Barnard
PhD (Visual Studies)
Loraine Beaton
MA (Dramatic Art)
Talya Bekker
BA Hons (Interaction Design)
Carli Bester
BA Hons (Strategic Brand Communication)
Elani Botha
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Jorina Botha
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Marinda Botha
MA (English)
Theunis Botma
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Jared Brandjes
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Lientjie Broodryk
BA (Visual Communication)
Stephan Calitz
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Ilana Cilliers
MA (Drama)
Lala Crafford
MA (Digital Interactive Media)
Jayne Crawshay-Hall Robertson
PhD (Art History)
Christiaan de Jager
BA Hons (Visual Communication – Game Design)
Dawid de Villiers
M.Phil (Music Technology)
Maggie de Vos
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Suzette du Plooy
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Candice Edwards
BA Hons (Information Design), PGDip (Higher Education)
Dr. Janine Engelbrecht
PhD (Visual Studies)
Louwrens Ferreira
MA (Audiovisual Communication)
Garreth Fradgley
BA Hons (Motion Picture Medium)
Andrew Gould
BIS (Information Science) & BTech (Film & Television Production)
Stavros Halvatzis
PhD (Narrative Theory & Practice)
Nina Honiball
PhD (Family Medicine)
Neil Human
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Tsungai Katsuro
Bachelor of Science Honours – Computer Science
Mark Kirby-Hirst
PhD (Classics)
Carmen Koetje
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Carlo Kuyper
BA (Interaction Design)
(Enrolled Hons. Degree)
Leo Kuyper
BA (Interaction Design)
(Enrolled Hons. Degree)

Allen Laing
MTech (Fine Art)
Anzél Larkins
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Jozua Loots
MMus (Music Technology)
Christiaan Lourens
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Amy Maphagela
MA (Fundamental Communication)
Gabriel Marchand
MA (Drama Therapy)
Gontse Mathabathe
MA (History of Art)
Dalene Meyer
BA (Fine Arts)
Welmarie Momberg
BA (Fine Arts)
Magalela Mtshali
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Grant Nelson
BA in Dramatic Art/Film
Christopher Pinto

BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Philip Purchase
BA Hons (Visual Communication – 3D Animation)
Armand Pretorius
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Inus Pretorius
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Jan Pretorius
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Dan Roberts
Enrolled for MA (Film)
Chanel Slabbert
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Esteé Steyn
MA (Graphic Design)
Nina Torr
MTech (Fine Arts)
Jaco van der Merwe
MA (Audiovisual Communication)
Marcha van der Merwe
MA in Design (Industrial Design)
Jan van der Walt
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Karl van Heerden
MVA (Master of Visual Arts)
Rikus van Niekerk
BA Hons (Visual Communication – Animation & Game Design)
Miranthe van Staden
B.Tech (Fine Arts)
Morné Venter
MA (Information Design)
Paulo Vilela
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Sean Viljoen
BA Hons (Visual Communication)
Nielmari Wilson
BA (Information Design)
Hougaard Winterbach

M.Tech (Fine Arts)
Zinhle Zulu
MA (Design)

Academic Calendar


Calendar 2023

Important Dates:

Honours Exhibition | 22 November
Final Year Exhibition | 28 November
Pangolin Awards | 30 November - 01 December
Closes 2023 | 8 December
Open 2024 | TBC

Academic Terms:

Term 4 | (Classes end: 28 October) 18 September - 1 December

Student Holidays:

Term 4 | (Classes end: 03 November) 08 December - TBC

Public Holidays:

21 March = Human Rights Day
22 March = School holiday
29 March = Good Friday
1 April = Family Day
27 April = Freedom Day
2 May = Workers' Day
16 June = Youth Day
17 June = Public Holiday
9 August = Women's Day
23 Sept = School holiday
24 Sept = Reconciliation Day

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Calendar 2024

Important Dates:

Open 2024 | 10-Jan
Classes start for Current Students | 08 Feb
Classes start for Honours Students | 08 Feb
Classes start for New Degree and C+ Students | 08 Feb
Open Day Stellenbosch | 20 Jan
Open Day Centurion | 27 Jan
Open Day Centurion | 11 May
Graduation Ceremony class of 2023 | 5-10 Jun (TBC)
Closed for Staff & Students | 24-30 Jun
Open Day Centurion | 07 Sep
OW Year End Function | 23 Nov
Closes 2024 | 6 December
Open 2025 | 09 Jan 25

All Students Registration Dates:

Registration closes for current & PostGrad students | 31-Jan
Registration closes for new degree students | 06-Feb
Late registration degree (Penalty fee) | 09-Feb
Registration closes for new certificate students | 22-Feb

New Students - Important Dates:

Orientation week: Degree & Certificate programme | 29 Jan - 2 Feb
Orientation day: Post Graduate programme | 09-Feb
Orientation: Evening Certificate Programme | 17-Feb
New students and parents welcoming | 01-Feb

Academic Semesters:

Semester 1 (Term 1 & 2) | 8 Feb - 14 June
Semester 2 (Term 3 & 4) | 8 July - 6 Dec

Student Holidays:

Semester 1 Break | 9 - 21 April
Mid-Year Break | 17 June - 5 July
Semester 2 Break | 2 - 15 Sept
End of Year break | 6 Dec - TBC

Public Holidays:

Human Rights Day | 21 March
Good Friday | 07 April
Family Day | 10 April
Freedom Day | 27 April
Workers' Day | 2 May
Youth Day | 16 June
Women's Day | 9 August
Reconciliation Day | 24 September

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The Open Window Job Board helps to facilitate placements of third-year students by creating a platform where career opportunities can be listed. The Job Board manager receives numerous requests on a daily basis from industry clients who specifically request Open Window graduates; positions and opportunities are published daily for job seeking and freelance artists.

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The Library at Open Window (OW) facilitates a culture of continuous learning by offering a collection of books, periodicals and DVD’s to meet the study needs of our students. In addition, it offers access to electronic resources for the broadening of knowledge and academic research to students and faculty members alike.

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EDS brings together the Library’s print holdings and electronic collections in a single interphase, giving you access to thousands of credible books, e-books, articles, peer-reviewed journals and a variety of other useful resources for your research needs. Here you will be able to reserve books from the Southdowns Campus Library as well as access key readings and electronic resources. Your Google account will be required to access this platform. Alternatively, you can access EDS via Canvas or Google Apps when logged into your Gmail account. You can also download the EDS Mobile App using the QR Code below.

For further assistance, contact the OW Librarian, Gontse Mathabathe at library@openwindow.co.za

Journal and Magazine Collection

3D World is the best-selling international magazine for 3D artists, covering the fields of animation, VFX, games, illustration and architecture. Print magazines are available in the Library.

3D World

Creative Review is a bi-monthly print magazine focused on design, advertising, photography, branding, digital products, film, and gaming. Login required. Print & Online. Print magazines are available in the Library.

Creative Review

The Creativity Research Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers research into all aspects of creativity. Print & Online. Available on Taylor & Francis. Print magazines are available in the Library.

The Creative Research Journal

Design Journal is the leading international peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of design and its interdisciplinary practices. Online. Available on Taylor & Francis.

Design Journal & Design for Health

Frieze is the resource for contemporary art and culture, offering reviews, essays, interviews, videos and podcasts from around the world. Login required. Print & Online. Print magazines are available in the Library.


ImagineFX is a digital art magazine that features workshops and interviews with artists from the science fiction, fantasy, manga, anime, game and comic disciplines. Print magazines available in the Library.

The Creative Research Journal

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities and social sciences. Part Access/Login is required.


Mousse is a contemporary art magazine that traces the currents of contemporary culture through articles, interviews, and conversations. Print Magazines available in the Library.


Taylor & Francis publishes high-quality academic journals and books spanning multiple disciplines, including humanities and social sciences. Part access/Login required.

Taylor & Francis

Wired is a monthly American magazine that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. Print Magazines available in the Library.


Other Open Access: Journals

Academic Journals accelerates the dissemination of knowledge.

Academic Journals

The Peer-reviewed Open Access Online Journal for Animation History and Theory.

Animation Studies

A journal collection of various software history and theory journals.

Computational Culture

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


The Fashion and Race Database provides an accessible, academic treatment to one of fashion’s most critical topics facing us today.

Fashion and Race

The Fibreculture Journal is a peer-reviewed international journal, exploring issues and ideas within the Fibreculture network.

Fibreculture Journal

The international journal of computer game research.

Game Studies

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine.

Google Scholar

Rhizomes is an independent online journal (ISSN 1555-9998) published twice yearly.


Sabinet ensures easy access to credible, accurate and updated information.
Part access.


Subscription and open access journals from SAGE Publishing.
Part access.

Sage Journals

Senses of Cinema is a quarterly online film magazine founded in 1999 by filmmaker Bill Mousoulis.

Senses of Cinema

Transformations peer-reviewed journal addressing the transformative processes of new technologies and mediating practices.


Open Access: Books

Library Hours

During Academic terms

Mon – Thurs: 08h00 – 18h00
Fri : 08h00 – 15h00
Weekends: Not open
Student Holidays:
Mon – Fri : 08h00 – 15h00

For any library-related enquiries please feel free to contact Gontse Mathabathe at library@openwindow.co.za

Did you know?

The OW Librarian will help with information sources you cannot find or access.
We are part of the Inter-Library Loans (ILL) system in South Africa. Free service for honours students only.
Printing facilities are available in the library. Arrange payment via our Finance office.
All you need to do for assistance is to ASK the Librarian.




Graduates, doing us proud

The golden thread that has always resonated throughout The Open Window’s existence is its ability to attract top calibre individuals – we are proud of our experienced, qualified and passionate lecturers, our unique, ambitious and versatile students and we salute our line of alumni that contribute tremendously to the industry.

Savanah Xanthides

Matthew Tager

Stephanie de Beer

Lize-Marie Dreyer

Annike Pienaar

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