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Visual Arts


The Graphic Design course begins with the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year.
Click here for more information about the First Year.
 

The Bachelor of Visual Arts Graphic Design programme stimulates your creativity and ideas into a portfolio that is suitable for a design business. Curiosity, imagination and human relationships are a vital part of design. With award-winning graduates, the course gives you the best balance between essential technological skills, conceptual ideas and sound theoretical understanding through teaching, research and reflection. We are a guide to placing design into both professional design spaces and a socio-cultural context, developing your personal talent into the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing society.

The course is delivered in a studio-like environment, which is very similar to what you would experience in the design and advertising industry. With opportunities for interdisciplinary projects, we seek to develop your unique sense of authorship into design that has meaning and impact. Attracting students from both local and international backgrounds, the programme is a lively opportunity to develop strong friendships and a team spirit.

The Graphic Design programme will expose you to the following areas of design:

  • Creative thinking
  • Corporate Identity (logos and logo systems)
  • Publications (typography and book/magazine layout)
  • Promotion and Packaging
  • Branding
  • Social design
  • Advertising
  • Digital Media

Graphic Design Studio by Sivuyisiwe Guzana ©

Our educational goals focus on:

Skills development
The development of design communication, conceptual and design layout skills, drawing and illustration skills, visual techniques, design software skills (Adobe Creative Suite), academic research skills, knowledge of processes and business skills.

Creative development
The development of conceptual creative thinking and aesthetic understanding, including experimentation, problem identification and solving, grounded in practical application and theoretical knowledge.

Entrepreneurial development 
The development of professional business ethics relevant to a chosen career in the visual and tactile arts, including the economics of business, finance, marketing, advertising and self-promotion.

Personal development
Each student’s concerns, talents and authentic responses to the world are interwoven into the demands of the design industry. We provide you with new tools, new areas of expertise and a broader set of design and research skills. 

Enrol in our dynamic Bachelor of Visual Arts programme and enjoy a great university experience that you will remember forever.

Career opportunities

Graphic Designers aim to develop visual communication for a product, service, organisation or idea. With potential to become art directors, their services are valuable whenever design concept and layout is required for advertisements, books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, leaflets, brochures, posters, web design, package designs, signage or logos.

Alumni

Tim Jones, Art director https://www.behance.net/Tim-Jones

Luzuko Witbooi, Art director https://www.behance.net/Luzuko

Simon Kuhn, Publication specialist http://sssimon.co.uk/

Pola Maneli, Graphic designer/illustrator https://www.behance.net/polamaneli

Jedd McNeilage, Art director https://www.behance.net/jeddluke

Design agency established http://www.simonsays.co.za

Design agency established https://www.crackerjack.co.za

Keith Vlahakis, Graphic designer/typographer https://www.behance.net/MrKeith

Jonathan Jones, Graphic designer/illustrator https://www.behance.net/hellojonjones

Stuart Miller, Art director https://www.behance.net/stunicmil78ea

Travys Owen, Graphic designer/photographer http://oneleague.co.za/talent/travys-owen/

Magdalena Van Wyk, Graphic designer/illustrator https://www.mariamagdalena.co.za/

 

Contact information
Mr Mike Swanepoel
Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Studies & Lecturer: Graphic Design
Tel: 27 41 5043317
mike@mandela.ac.za

Inge Economou
Programme coordinator: Graphic Design & Lecturer: Visual Arts
Tel: 27 41 504 3065
inge@mandela.ac.za

Ms Margot Muir
Lecturer: Visual Studies
Tel: 27 41 504 9931
margot.muir@mandela.ac.za