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Art and Design: Introductory Studies

During the Art & Design Introductory Course you will be registered for Drawing, Theory of Art, Communication, 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional Studies. You are required to pass all these subjects in order to progress to second year. The lecturers are all specialists in their fields and have years of teaching experience, so it is in your best interests to avail yourself of their expertise. During the course of the year you will be introduced to basic art principles including composition, structure, shape, tone, texture, perspective, stylization, the use of a variety of mediums and colour through a number of interesting and stimulating projects.


Introductory Studies subjects include:

  • Drawing I
  • Art Theory I
  • Communication I
  • Two-dimensional Studies I
  • Three-dimensional Studies I


Observational drawings done in a range of different media and combinations thereof will form the basis for most of the projects in the beginning of the year. As the year progresses, projects become increasingly experimental and conceptual in order to prepare you for second year drawing.

Print by Clanelle Burger 2007



2-Dimensional Studies consists of the following subsection:

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Studio Arts



Design projects set for the year will introduce you to the principles of design as well as the demands of basic layout through a series of practical exercises. Creative problem solving, idea generation and aesthetic appreciation are at the core of all these activities.

At the beginning of the year you will be given basic design exercises dealing with compositions, positive and negative space, underlying grid structures in graphic design, typography and layouts. As the year progresses you will learn how to design packaging for a variety of products, do a number of projects relating to Logo Design and idea generation exercises aimed at inventive problem solving.


Towards the end of the Introductory Course design exercises dealing with different aspects of Corporate Identity will be set during which you will have to produce different items according to client specification, using information/ material you have gathered independently. The projects set in the second semester are particularly important if you are considering applying for Graphic Design in your second year as they can make or break the impression you make on the interview panel of lecturers.

Graphic Design project by Michelle Hoch 2007


At the beginning of the year you are introduced to basic black and white photographic principles. Building on this you will be given projects that involve both colour and black and white subjects in the directions of landscape, architecture, still life and portrait photography. The majority of the assignments are done with digital cameras in both studio and outdoor locations, while all post production is done on modern Macintosh computers in the school. If you decide to major in photography from second year then you will need to buy a fairly sophisticated single lens reflex camera, however before you make this purchase discuss the options available with the lecturer.

Photograph by Russell Kana

Studio Arts

When doing projects for Studio Arts you will complete a series of paintings ranging from still life arrangements, to more experimental works. You will be shown how to use acrylic, oil and watercolour paints in the traditional way.

Painting by Amy Keevy



Three Dimensional Studies consists of sculpture, design and ceramic projects. Assignments include polystyrene sculptures, resin masks as well as plasticine figurines that are then photographed and completed as a short animated sequence.

Ceramic Design by Nastassia DaCosta 2007



Admission into second year Major directions

After successfully completing and passing all subjects in the Introductory Studies course, you will be interviewed for placement in one of the second year major directions. You will have a placement interview with the relevant subject lecturers at which you will show a portfolio of your first year projects. During the interview you will be advised about the discipline that the lecturers consider most suited to your abilities and will then be offered a place in the most suitable course.

Lecturer Thys Celliers with a student at mid-year evaluation

The different Departments reserve the right to accept only those students who display the appropriate aptitude for their intended field of study. Entrance to all courses is conditional until the date that the Examination Department publishes the official first year results.