Cape Town Creative Academy

Introduction

OUR MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

It is the mission of the CTCA to develop and sustain a student-centred learning environment as a direct pathway to professional excellence. With a progressive, transdisciplinary vision, the CTCA is dedicated to the development and support of a community of practice that encourages innovation and co-creation. The CTCA aims to develop and sustain an Afrocentric institutional culture and approach to teaching that ensures authenticity and a meaningful impact on the African continent. The CTCA embraces an ethos that cultivates young, creative professionals to uphold and protect the integrity and sustainability of the creative industry.

CODE OF ETHICS

The CTCA is committed to a code of ethics that is based on accountability and responsibility, respect and the principles of equality and non-discrimination, and therefore does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or HIV/Aids status in the administration of its educational or employment policies.

The CTCA prepares learners to become leaders in the creative industry – both locally and abroad – in a wide spectrum of creative careers.

LEGAL STATUS & ACCREDITATION

The Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned company (Company Registration No: 2011/119961/07).

All three-year degree programmes offered by the Cape Town Creative Academy (Pty) Ltd are accredited by the Council on Higher Education and registered on the National Qualifications Framework on level 7 by the South African Qualifications Authority. The Cape Town Creative Academy is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training: Certificate No 2014/HE07/009.

AN INDUSTRY-GUIDED APPROACH

The CTCA’s team of highly experienced educators and design practitioners continually work in close collaboration with industry connections to ensure that our programmes reflect and respond to the latest developments in the Creative Industries. Our programme outcomes are measured in relation to international standards of competence and the constantly changing needs of the job market. A high employment figure for graduates is a priority for the CTCA.

The CTCA delivers transdisciplinary design education, by training students in the creation and production of traditional as well as contemporary media. Close collaboration with the design industry ensures that the CTCA focuses on advanced professional and technological opportunities.

Globally the culture and creativity industries have become an increasing driving force in the international market place. Trading in ideas and innovation, the creative economy straddles economic, political, social, cultural and technological issues, not only making a significant impact on society but the economy as a whole. [The Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA). Nov 2014]

The CTCA’s approach includes:

  • Master designers training and mentoring students.
  • Structured and closely-managed internships.
  • Appropriate teaching methodologies in transdisciplinary design to deliver innovative graduates.
  • Incorporating Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • A design education model based on industry involvement.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Bachelor of Arts in Audiovisual Studies

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

This degree integrates both theoretical and practical components in order to equip students with creative thinking strategies, understanding of the principles of narratology and technical knowledge necessary to deliver professional audiovisual outcomes within a time-based medium. [+]

This degree integrates both theoretical and practical components in order to equip students with creative thinking strategies, understanding of the principles of narratology and technical knowledge necessary to deliver professional audiovisual outcomes within a time-based medium. The programme is grounded in the foundation of audiovisual storytelling and motion graphics, which includes an understanding of the relevant software and tools of the trade. Students are introduced to basic camera techniques, and practice the careful integration of different media, including images, footage, typography and sound towards a well-defined outcome. They are also introduced to the principles and workflow of 3D animation. Students are expected to use a process of research, conceptualisation, creative problem solving and critical thinking, to develop their own screenplays for either film or animation. Students are also trained in the principles of business practice and conduct, within a creative environment. Students who complete this programme should be able to find employment in the following sectors: Corporate and Commercial Videography 3D Animation for Film and Television Motion Graphics Special Effects for Film and Television Architectural and Virtual Simulation [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

This programme is largely based on a critical approach to integrated marketing communications that will assist students in the production of functional communicative outcomes aimed at specific target audiences. In the programme, students will be expected to investigate the economic, ecological and socio-cultural climate within which they conduct their communication. [+]

This programme is largely based on a critical approach to integrated marketing communications that will assist students in the production of functional communicative outcomes aimed at specific target audiences. In the programme, students will be expected to investigate the economic, ecological and socio-cultural climate within which they conduct their communication. The aim of the programme includes developing an attitude of responsibility and a focus on sustainability within the practice of communication design. This programme helps students develop a personal design philosophy and creative voice. It also provides students with proficient design management strategies, in order to ensure that they develop the capability to function optimally in the design profession. Students are equipped with the necessary entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to ensure that they are able to function as self-sufficient professionals that answer to the needs of the industry, as well as of the national economy. Students are provided with the relevant knowledge of intellectual property management and law, in order to ensure the successful control of their creative outputs. Students who complete this programme should be able to find employment in the following sectors: Graphic Design Publication and Editorial Design Corporate Identity Design and Brand Management Advertising [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

Contemporary art practitioners, such as artists and curators, play a central role in the creation and critique of culture – thereby often shaping our future in significant ways. It is from this awareness that the Cape Town Creative Academy developed – with input from practising artists, curators, gallerists and educators – our new offering: a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art. [+]

Contemporary art practitioners, such as artists and curators, play a central role in the creation and critique of culture – thereby often shaping our future in significant ways. It is from this awareness that the Cape Town Creative Academy developed – with input from practising artists, curators, gallerists and educators – our new offering: a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art. This unique degree is the first Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art programme in South Africa, and was developed in direct response to the evolving needs and demands of the regional, national and international art world and its many diverse sectors. This three-year programme comprises a balance of practice-based learning, theoretical inquiry, technical development, innovative experimentation, critical reflexivity and business acumen. Students are exposed to a wide range of conceptual frameworks and various modes of meaning-making in order to develop independent ideas and practices that respond to the social, political, economic and technological contexts that frame the art world in the twenty first century. THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF ART AND ARTISTS Art serves to connect. Through the reflexivity of art-making, artists are able to develop an ongoing conversation with, and greater awareness of, self and others. Through the criticality of the practice, art helps to foster important and difficult dialogues by bringing shared concerns into shared spaces. Artists make acute observations in order to document, comment on and reflect history as it happens. Artists connect diverse groups of people in ways that enhance community engagement. Artists ask questions that spur new ways of seeing and thinking. This ability to observe, connect and question make artists valuable contributors to the cultural industry. These unique attributes processed by art school graduates are currently opening up more doors than ever before with the need for conceptual thinking and creative problem solving being widely recognised by the creative, and corporate sector alike. The Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Art is: An expert-led programme, formulated and presented by prominent practising artists, curators and thought leaders. A fluid programme that caters to the changing and evolving character of the contemporary art world, as well as to the personal interests, needs and ambitions of its students. A critical programme that connects students to contemporary local and global conversations and the active production of culture. A progressive programme that measures artistic success as a process of sustained discovery: an agile state of critical awareness coupled with a continual flow of experimentation. A diverse programme that equips students with transferable skills, appropriate for engagement and employment in multiple sectors of the creative industries. A transdisciplinary programme that facilitates collaboration and co-creation beyond the boundaries that traditionally segregate professions and practices. Some of the career paths that graduates can explore within the art sector include: Practising artist Curator Gallerist Art critic or journalist Art consultant or buyer Art valuator or restorer Stylist Prop-maker [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Interaction Design

Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 South Africa Cape Town

This degree prepares students for a career in the design and implementation of media for various platforms such as web, mobile, tablet and touch-screen. Students are presented with the various applications, workflow methodologies and coding languages that are necessary to successfully develop media for on-screen communication. [+]

This degree prepares students for a career in the design and implementation of media for various platforms such as web, mobile, tablet and touch-screen. Students are presented with the various applications, workflow methodologies and coding languages that are necessary to successfully develop media for on-screen communication. This programme focuses primarily on human-computer interactive interfaces for both web-based platforms, as well as mobile and small-screen applications. Students are expected to critically investigate the strategic bases of interaction design. Critical thinking is encouraged through the investigation of consumer behaviour and integrated marketing communications, in order to ensure that students master the capability to deliver critical, market-related interactive solutions. Interaction design explores a wide range of digital environments, as well as the relevant design challenges that accompany them. The core components include the principles of digital brand presence and management, design for broadcast and touch-screen technologies, as well as database management. The theoretical framework of this programme is located within the principles of User Experience Design, which serves as a fundamental foundation for all practical projects. Students are also trained in the principles of business practice and conduct, within a creative environment. Students who complete this programme should be able to find employment in the following sectors: Web Design and Development Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Application Development User Experience Design [-]

Contact

Cape Town Creative Academy

Address Albert Road 375
7915 Cape Town, South Africa
Website http://www.ctca.co.za/
Phone +27 21 201 1150