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Open Window

Open Window

The Open Window

The Open Window

Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences

Who We Are

During 2018, The Open Window will be celebrating its 25th year of contributing to the educational sector and creative industries of South Africa. In 1993 The Open Window Art Academy offered art classes in a renovated garage for a handful of students. From these humble beginnings, The Open Window’s consistent quest for excellence resulted in launching the School for Visual Communication which soon became the leader and trendsetter within the field. Now, as The Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences, we are poised to venture into the future with our mission to continuously adapt to change and to always remain relevant for industry. Therefore, The Open Window will continue to make critical breakthroughs in curricula and methodologies that will equip our students for the demands of the information age, to ensure the highest possible employability rating.

3D Animation Courses

3D Animation:
If you are drawn to the idea of putting a soul into a character you have created and then making it
move with cutting edge technology, it could indicate that you are ready for a career in 3D Animation.
Whereas 2D Animation is closely related to disciplines such as fine arts and design, 3D Animation
has more in common with sculpting and puppetry. It is the mixture of these principles operating in the
ever-evolving digital domain that makes 3D Animation such a truly diverse form of art. The course
follows the latest industry trends and provides the necessary skills to participate in the rapidly
expanding digital entertainment industry. Students receive hands-on training in the production of high-
end 3D content for narrative, visualisation and interactive applications.

Careers Include:
+ 3D Compositor
+ 3D Artist
+ 3D Concept Artist
+ 3D Animator

Game Design Courses

Game Design:
If you can challenge the laws of reason and imagine worlds and experiences where anything and
everything is possible, then you could be a game designer. The purpose of the game designer is to
create a series of visual elements that guide the player through a world of intricate decisions, laws,
obstacles and perils, and to turn all that into a thrilling immersive experience. This course uses the
latest tools and technologies to explore creative possibilities in this rapidly expanding digital
entertainment phenomenon. Students dissect popular games, identify core mechanics and design
intricate logic systems for various development platforms such as mobile, desktop, console and Virtual Reality.

Careers Include:
+ Game Designer
+ Game Animator
+ Game Artist
+ Game Developer

Contact Details:

Physical Address 
John Vorster Drive Ext. East, Southdowns, Irene
Postal Address
PO Box 68371, Highveld, 0169

Contact Details
Tel:  012 648 9200
Fax: 012 665 0253
www.openwindow.co.za
Email: 
info@openwindow.co.za

1st Year

  • Film & Television
  • Screen Acting
  • Production Design
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound Design
  • 3D Animation
  • Game Design
  • Motion Design

2nd Year

The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design School Year 3

2 nd Year:
Term 1

  • 3D Character design
  • Concept art for gamesMotion design techniques
  • Workflow & production essentials
  • Storyboarding
  • Introduction to pro tools
  • Screenplay structure
  • Screen versus stage performance

Term 2

  • 3D Character setup for animation & games
  • Real-time animation and physics
  • Digital Compositing
  • Lighting for film
  • Production design software
  • Audio post production
  • Writing for ads & corporates
  • Screenplay from the actor’s POV

Term 3

  • Digital environment rendering
  • Real-time rendering techniques
  • 2D Character animation
  • Traditional documentary cinematography
  • Production design visualisation
  • Location sound recording
  • Writing for interactive media
  • Genre acting

Term 4

  • 3D Special effects & compositing
  • Sound for games
  • Visual effects
  • Alternative documentary cinematography
  • Costume, hair and make-up for film
  • Sound for dialogue
  • Writing for short animations
  • The actor & the camera

3rd Year

The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design School Year 4

Term 1

  • Visual development for CGI
  • Game prototype development
  • Projection mapping
  • Excursions into essential cinema
  • Thematic spatial design
  • Acoustics
  • Writing characters & dialogue
  • Voice over technique

Term 2

  • 3D Pre-visualisation
  • Game enhancement technologies
  • Information visualisation
  • Conceptual filmmaking
  • Visual metaphor in film
  • Sound perception
  • Television series screenplay
  • Screen rehearsals

Term 3

  • Performance animation
  • Game art and UI design
  • 3D for motion design
  • Finishing techniques for film
  • Psychology of colour in film
  • Audio finishing techniques
  • Outlining & developing feature films
  • Commercial & corporate acting
Learn 3D Computer Animation School

Learn 3D Computer Animation School

Learn 3D Computer Animation School

Learn 3D Computer Animation School

3D Computer Animation Training Centre

Learn 3D
Learn 3D is a training centre for the Media & Entertainment industry based in Johannesburg, with international accreditation from several heavy-weight companies in the industry such as Toonboom, Autodesk and Chaos Group. We offer full-time and part-time courses in 3D animation, visual effects and game development using Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Harmony, Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya and Mudbox, Chaos Group V-Ray, Adobe After-effects and Unity 3D.

Contact Details
Johannesburg Campus
11 Conrad Drive
Blairgowrie, Randburg

Tel: (011) 326 1520
Email: info@learn3d.co.za

Courses:

2D Concept Design and Animation
Basic to intermediate Illustration Techniques

  • Colour Theory
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Concept Art
  • Matte Painting
  • Character Development
  • Storyboarding with Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
  • Background & prop design
  • Principles of Animation
  • Animation in Toon Boom Harmony
3D Animation and Visual Effects & 3D Architecture/Design Visualization
  • Modelling & Sculpting
  • Texturing
  • Advanced Lighting with V-Ray and mental ray
  • Rigging & Motion capture
  • Dynamics & Simulation
  • Animation
  • Compositing
1 Year Certificate in Games Development
  • Learning to code from scratch (no previous experience necessary)
  • Fundamentals of game programming, such as AI, physics, etc
  • Importing and optimization of game assets/animations
  • Basic mathematics principles, including geometry
  • Storytelling techniques in games
  • Game design in terms of good and bad practices
  • Game Development including the Oculus VR standards

Prestige Academy

Prestige Academy

Prestige Academy

Prestige Academy

Prestige Academy

Prestige Academy is a Private Higher Education Institution situated in Bellville, Cape Town and Centurion.   The Bellville campus offer a 2 year Diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation as well as a 3 year  Bachelor of Applied Arts (3D Animation).

Courses

Diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation and Bachelor of Applied Arts (3D Animation)

Admission Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DIPLOMA IN 3D DESIGNA ND DIGITAL ANIMATION

The minimum admission requirements is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30 – 39% in the language of learning and teaching of the institution (in our case it is English) coupled with an achievement rating of 3, 40-49% or better in four recognised subjects.

**Students will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence when enrolling for the Diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR 3 YEAR BACHELOF OF APPLIED ARTS (3D ANIMATION)

The minimum admission requirements is a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 30 – 39% in the language of learning and teaching of the institution (in our case it is English) coupled with an achievement rating of 4, 50-59% or better in four designated subjects.

**Students will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence when enrolling for the Bachelor of Applied Arts (3D Animation)

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Contact Details

Bellville Town Campus:

Bellville Business park
D J Wood Way

Tel: 021-9495036/7

Centurion Campus:

1023 Bank Avenue
Centurion

Tel: (012) 683 9942

Email:

Email Contact Form on Prestige Academy.

Year 1

  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Foundations of Design
  • Applied 3D Computer Graphics
  • Foundations of Animations
  • Basic Compositing
  • Modeling and Modifiers

Year 2

Entrepreneurship Digital Character Animation Applied Rigging and Enveloping Non-Linear Animation Rendering and Texturing Applied post Production Work-Based Learning

City Varsity

City Varsity

City Varsity

City Varsity

Animation School

City Varsity

City Varsity is a Cape Town and Johannesburg based school which offers the courses and classes in Animation and Advanced animation on a diploma level.

 

Courses Offered
  • 1 Year in Diploma in Animation / Advanced Diploma in Animation and New Media
  • 2 Years in Diploma in Animation / Advanced Diploma in Animation and New Media
  • 3 Years in Diploma in Animation / Advanced Diploma in Animation and New Media
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Contact Details

Cape Town:

Tel: +27 (0)21 466 6800

Email: info@cityvarsity.co.za

Johannesburg:

Tel: +27 (0)11 634 9840

Email: info@cityvarsity.co.za

Year 1

Subjects include:

  • Animation Pre-Production 1
  • Animation 1
  • Digital 1
  • Animated Titles 1
  • Contextual Studies 1 – Film Appreciation, Art History and Visual Literacy

Year 2

Subjects include:

  • Animation Pre-Production 2
  • Animation 2
  • Digital  2
  • Editing
  • Compositing 2
  • Contextual Studies 2 – Visual Literacy 2, Art History 2

Year 3

Subjects throughout the year are:

  • Professional Development
  • Animation 3
  • Digital  3
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Compositing 3