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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

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
Friends of Design

Friends of Design

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Friends Of Design -

Game Development and Digital Arts

Friends Of Design
Friends of Design (Academy of Digital Arts) was founded 2006 and has enjoyed much success as one of Cape Town’s leading digital training institutions.
Subjects Offered in Courses
  • Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Print Design & Publishing
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Web Publishing & Interactive Media
    (1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)
  • Evening Short Courses
  • Online Courses
Academy Showreel
Contact Details:
Where you can find us:

186 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

+27 (0)21 300 0298
Game Course manager:

Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment

(1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)

The interactive entertainment industry is the third most important future market by now. This course will prepare you for it. From Game Theory, interactive media production to 3D modelling for real-time 3D environments to game engine use and scripting this course sets you up for a career involving game technology.  Here, you use your creative skills and explore the realms of game technology for entertainment, educational, mobile, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality purposes. More details here.

Print Design & Publishing

(1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)

The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design School Year 3

Our version of a graphics design course with bonus content. As well as provide you with the technical software skills you’ll need to survive in the print design industry, this course is geared towards giving you a thorough, overall understanding of graphic design and visual aesthetics. Not only will you learn how to efficiently create awesome logos, brochures, book covers, adverts magazine layouts and more, but you’ll also learn how to work with the fundamental design principals and elements that permeate every creative profession. More details here.

Web Publishing & Interactive Media

(1 year full time, fully accredited, NQF Level 5)

The Centre for Fine Art Animation and Design School Year 4

Embrace the world of multimedia! This course brings your creative ideas and designs to life through practical training in web publishing, video production, visual effects and 2D animation. Learn how to work with the visually impressive side of these mediums, and walk away with technical, behind-the-scenes skills in everything from HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery to CMS, responsive design, motion graphics and editing. Everything you need to prepare yourself for a career in web and interactive media. More details here.

Evening Short Courses

Evening Short Courses

For those of you already working we offer evening short courses from Monday to Wednesday starting at 5.30pm. Those short course focus on specific topics or software packages like Adobe Photoshop, 3D modelling, HTML5, AfterEffects, e-Pub, etc. Take a look here.

Online Courses

You want to do short courses but cannot come to Cape Town? We also offer topic online courses, have a look here.