The Electronics & Gaming Expo (EGE) is coming to Cape Town again – and Friends of Design will be front and centre at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from the 27th to 29th of July 2018. 

Friends of Design is proud to continue our long collaboration with the EGE team and Johnny Malherbe from ImpactExpo on the event. 

EGE promises to showcase the latest and greatest in gaming and technology, of which Friends of Design has long been at the forefront.  

“New technology and electronics are changing not only entertainment but the way we do business, produce products and educate students,” says Friends of Design Game Department founder, Lars Espeter. 

“The 4th Industrial Revolution is changing the world at lightning speed and understanding this new environment is crucial to career starters and employers alike.” 

Indeed, the World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs’ report found that 65% of children entering primary school will end up with careers that don’t even exist yet – which is why Friends of Design is focused on the cutting-edge.  

“The new technological era is heralding change in every industry, from architecture to advertising, entertainment to education,” says Espeter. “Employees with the kind of skill sets our students gain during their studies are needed and highly sought after.” 

Friends of Design offers a variety of part-time, full-time, online and corporate courses to this end, specialising in skills to set students up for careers in everything from graphic design to film production, web design to desktop publishing. 

Those seeking a career in the world of interactive entertainment – or other areas that are part of the 4th Industrial Revolution – need look no further than Friends of Design’s popular Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Higher Certificate course.  

In this one-year course, students are introduced to the production of interactive apps and programs using relevant technologies like game engines, 3D modelling software and programming. They’ll experience production in team projects and specialise in a chosen field to make them industry-ready. 

For the more visually inclined, there’s the Higher Certificate in Concept Art Course, also a one-year programme. In this world-class course, students will take their drawing and digital painting skills to the next level using technology such as photo content and 3D to further enhance their work. They’ll create projects for the film and video game industries and standalone illustrations and storyboards, advancing their art skills to new levels of excellence. 

It’s through programmes like these, along with an array of short and online courses, that Friends of Design equips students to thrive in this fast-paced, digitally-led world.  

At EGE, Friends of Design will prove South African developers and designers are not only on par with their international counterparts, but also pushing boundaries that the latter have yet to explore, with our impressive array of new technologies and projects. 

Visit booth B3 at EGE to see Friends of Design students show off their skills with exciting student projects and portfolios. Interviews with Cape Town-based industry influencers and representatives of the Iziko Museum/Friends of Design Augmented Reality Project will also feature in our jam-packed programme. To top it off, we’ll be unveiling the name of our tribal mascot and debuting our brand-new app over the course of the weekend. If that’s still not enough, visit our stand to see what exciting project FreeLives are working on now!  

Tickets are available at Computicket at R110 for a day pass, and R230 for a full weekend pass. 

Friends of Design will be at booth B3 at the CTICC from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July. 

  • Find out more on our Game Graphics & Multimedia Entertainment Course here. 
  • Find out more about our Higher Certificate in Concept Art Course here. 
  • Friends of Design has more exciting courses on offer for both part and full-time students. Click here for a run-down of all our programmes. 
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