Grad Showcase 2016

There’s a rumble in the Jungle, and you’re invited!

Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts – is pleased to invite you to our 2016 Graduate Showcase.

Discover the latest talents in Graphic Design, Web & Interactive Media and Game as you explore the portfolios and projects of our graduating students in their end of year exhibition.
It’s going to be Wild!

Thursday, 24th November 2016
5pm – late
Friends of Design Academy of Digital Art, 186 Bree Street, Cape Town


2015 Graduate Showcase


Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Art invites you to attend our 2015 Graduate Showcase. Discover the latest talent in Print, Web & Game Design, alongside innovative design works and technologies to match.

WHEN: Thursday, 26th November 2015
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Friends of Design Academy of Digital Art, 186 Bree Street, Cape Town

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Game Industry Day 2015

After the great success of the first Game Industry Day in December 2014, we will be hosting the next event on August the 15th 2015. The Game Industry Day is a chance to learn about and participate in the growing digital entertainment industry that is by now rated the third most important future market worldwide. The opportunities provided by Game Technology when it comes to expanding your business, creating jobs, improving the services you can offer to your clients and doing things differently are endless. Read more

First Thursdays – May 2015

Friends of Design Doodle Night



Thanks to everyone for coming through to our 1000 Drawings doodle session! Our campus was filled with good vibes and even better doodles.

Paper, pens, pencils and markers were used to create some amazing artworks. Which of course we don’t want to withhold from you.


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First Thursdays – March 2015

‘Greymatter’ – Photography Exhibition by Nicette dos Santos

With the rise of instant photography apps and its ‘quick-fix’ filter and effect counterpart, it’s often difficult to decipher the authenticity of an image. Instead of capturing the subject as it exists in its most ethereal form, we automatically re-colour, re-shape, and re-size – stripping the subject of its very essence. So much so, these filters and effects are often considered before the subject, as if it were a prerequisite to its final form.

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Game Industry Day


Digital Entertainment has been rated the 3rd most important future market, providing opportunities for new jobs as well as business opportunities for South African developers and media companies. Game Technology and Game Development is increasingly important for South Africa.

If you’d like to find out more about what’s happening in and around Cape Town in terms of Game Development, new technology application and where the industry is going, join us after the Creative Mornings event on the 12th of December, 2014.

You will get to meet South African game developers, media industry people and publishers who are interested in implementing Game Technology, as well as new talents looking for job opportunities. We will have speakers covering a variety of different topics, from the Game Industry’s situation, Augmented Reality over 3D Printing to creating Games for Brand Characters and more.

Listen to and mingle with people in the field, check out the exhibits, play with new technology and South African game projects, and learn exciting new things that might contribute to changing your business.

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First Thursdays – November 2014

Whether photography or oil on canvas, Friends of Design’s spotlight of this months’ First Thurdays exhibition is on humans.

There are few people in the world who don’t swim with the tide. The photographer Thom Pierce focused on humans that took a stand against compulsory military service for white males during apartheid. Although their actions were deemed illegal and carried a lengthy prison sentence, they refused to fight. Themed by the name “The Objectors”, Pierce portrayed them in order to tell their individual stories.

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ePub Breakfast


The digital publishing industry is fast recognising the value of the new web-based, open-source publishing format called ePub. Its ability to generate highly interactive, rich media layouts and digital books for digital distribution, across a variety of leading platforms (Blackberry, OS X, iOS, Kindle, Nook and Android), is an untapped technology with massive potential and which will soon become a necessity to integrate across all levels of business.

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HERO Custom Skate-Deck Exhibition


We’re talking custom skateboards, each customised and showcased at the HERO exhibition, all at Friends of Design on Thursday, 7th August 2014.

See your favourite comic heroes and/or fiends cast in stone, eerrrr, wood under the direction of professional illustrators at our previous HERO workshop, held last month.

Come and see what our comic aficionados, autodidact artists and promising comic enthusiasts created to leave an indelible mark on their skate decks in an array of materials. Drawing techniques on the skateboards promises to be nicely varied just like the personas of the comic genre.

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HERO Custom Skate-Deck Workshop


Create your own hero and showcase it at our expo

The world of comics is full of amazing superheroes, each with their own superpowers, strengths and weaknesses. From Batman and Spiderman, to the Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman and Banana Man, everyone has their favourite character, whether they are good, bad or somewhere in-between! Led by professional illustrators, this workshop will provide budding street, comic and illustration artists with the opportunity to create their own superhero or villain and improve their drawing technique on skate-decks.

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Blending imagination with technology


Evening courses in advanced 3D modeling technology

Friends of Design are offering potential students the opportunity to master the essentials needed to enter the dynamic world of 3D modeling. The evening classes will centre on modules focussing on modeling, sculpting and texturing.

No matter if you are intending to conjure high-end 3D models for video games, forming perfect architectural structures for clients, or even producing eye-catching animations for the web or models for 3D Printing; this is your first and best step to attain the necessary skills. Harness the power of advanced 3D design software, Blender, which is constantly updated in order to keep up with the industry’s growing need for individuals adept in 3D design.

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Graduation 2013


The graduation ceremony for Friends of Design’s crop of 2013 students was, as always, an amazing event filled with inspirational words, exaltation and of course, an overload of design excellence. Every year the college goes out of its way to celebrate their students’ achievements and this year was no exception. Watching these future design stars celebrate the beginning of their design careers is always a heart-warming experience, which makes you equally excited to see the work they will soon be creating for agencies across the world.

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