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Universiteit Stellenbosch University

Published: 06.08.2016
Universiteit Stellenbosch University.
Management:
Carine Terreblanche & Nanette Veldsman
.

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About the Department of Visual Arts

The milieu of Stellenbosch offers a unique perspective to Visual Arts students: the intimate and supportive environment of the historical university town of Stellenbosch is offset by the international, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse environment of central Cape Town, only a 45 minutes’ drive away.
The Department of Visual Arts occupies a historic, fully renovated building in oak-lined Victoria Street. The Department offers custom-designed studio and workshop spaces for study streams in Fine Arts, Visual Communication Design and Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques, including a new media computer lab of the highest industry standards. In keeping with developments in contemporary art and design, the Department's ethos is multidisciplinary, supporting students working in all aspects of new media, including video and digital arts, as well as offering a solid foundation in traditional visual and applied arts practices.

In addition to the expertise provided by full-time staff members, students are continually exposed to industry professionals, either through visiting artists and specialists in their specific area of specialization, or field trips to and participation in major exhibitions, events and industry fairs.

In all study streams emphasis is placed on the production and critical evaluation of visual culture, rooted in addressing and reflecting all aspects of contemporary South African culture. The Department also offers postgraduate study in Visual Arts, Illustration, Visual Studies and Art Education.

About the Jewellery Design Division

The Jewellery Division of the Visual Arts Department was founded in 1968 and is the oldest jewellery school in South Africa. The Division focuses on the development and innovation of contemporary and conceptual jewellery, as well as engendering critical academic discourse. Within this framework, design is understood as sensitive to both new contemporary trends and the historic roots of jewellery manufacture. Age-old techniques are continuously re-interpreted in the light of new concepts, thereby feeding into the ever-evolving realm of contemporary jewellery so as to provoke, critique, record, and transmit, as well as to generate meanings, qualities, and ideas.

Teachers

Full-time staff members – Jewellery Division
Carine Terreblanche; MA (FA) Stellenbosch University, Head of Jewellery Division
Nanette Veldsman; MA (VA) Cum Laude, Stellenbosch University, lecturer in Jewellery Division
Jacomien Labuschagne; BA (VA) (Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques) Stellenbosch University, Gemmology lecturer
Verna Jooste, H.Nat.Dip, Natal Technikon now Durban University of Technology, lecturer in Jewellery Division

Part-time staff members – Jewellery Division
Angela Tölken; MA (FA) Stellenbosch University, Administration
Erica Du Plessis; BA (FA) (Hons) Cum Laude, Jewellery Design, Stellenbosch University,Metal Techniques (setting)
Chantal Curtis, BA (FA) Applied Graphics, Stellenbosch University & National Diploma: Jewellery Design and Manufacture, Cape Technikon now (CPUT) Cape Town University of Technology, Additional Techniques (CAD)
Liz Loubser , BA (FA) Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques, Stellenbosch University, Platinum
Eric Loubser; BA (VA) (Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques, Stellenbosch University, Platinum

Selection of national and international visiting artists and lecturers
Estella Saez Vilanova (Netherlands), Johanna Dahm (Switzerland), Lauren Kalman (USA), Daniel Kruger (Germany), Karin Seufert (Germany), Geraldine Fenn (South Africa)

Artists in Residence
Lauren Kalman

Courses

Undergraduate Course

BA Visual Arts (Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques)

The four-year degree course in Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Techniques combines theory with rigorous technical and conceptual training, and equips graduates with the necessary production and design skills to contribute to the establishment and promotion of an innovative, leading and unique South African jewellery design culture. On completion of the course, students should be able to gather information so as to subsequently analyze, organize and evaluate it critically.

Design, drawing and the production of jewellery
In the Jewellery Design Course students are expected to conceptualize ideas, master two- and three-dimensional design processes, and become fluent in various design methods, including drawing and three-dimensional model making. Innovative, experimental thinking and originality of design are paramount.

The drawing component of the course consists of object- and perspective drawing in different mediums, especially in first and second year. In the third and fourth year, drawing comprises of an in-depth course in Computer Aided Design (CAD) where various CAD modules teach students to design on computers, using Rhino 3, Flamingo and Techgems 4 programmes in conjunction with a Roland JWX-30 rapid prototyping wax carver.

In the production of jewellery pieces, students are encouraged to find new and original solutions when two-dimensional designs are interpreted into three-dimensional models and manufactured jewellery. When traditional techniques have been mastered, experiments with self-found adaptations of these techniques are encouraged so as to broaden solution-finding skills.

Whereas first-year students are introduced to the basic jewellery production techniques, second-year students are introduced to and become acquainted with fly press forming, cold joint utilization, chasing and repoussé, tool making, texture rolling and printing, etching, hollow form construction, smithing, inlay and onlay, mokumé gane and resin casting. Third-year students master enameling, wax carving, lost wax casting (both with traditional vacuum equipment and the state-of-the-art, locally engineered and produced Hot Platinum ICON CS3 induction-centrifugal casting machine), lead press die forming, smithing, granulation, fusing, patination and oxidization, image transfer onto metal and fold forming.

Fourth-year students are introduced to the manipulation of Platinum in the Division’s highly specialized Platinum Studio with the aim of fostering adequate technical skills and bench work techniques in the design and manufacture of innovative platinum jewellery.

Once students have mastered the basic and more advanced workshop techniques in the first three years, they work on their own ideas and accordingly interpret the learned techniques in their fourth/final year. Final-year students are expected to submit a self-motivated, independent and visually and conceptually coherent body of work for the final practical examination.

Gemmology
The extensively equipped Gemmology laboratory was spearheaded by Prof Otto Schröder, then the Head of the Department of Visual Arts, and was established in 1971 from funding donated to the University by De Beers. Since then, the laboratory and Gemmology module have been hosted by the Geology Department which offered the module to the Jewellery Design students of the Department of Visual Arts. In 2011 the Visual Arts Department took over the Gemmology module and the Gemmology laboratory, which is currently situated in the roof of the Visual Arts department.

The Gemmology laboratory is fully equipped to host a maximum of 15 people. It is the only laboratory in South Africa that is equipped for teaching a course similar to the FGA Diploma and has always acted as an examination unit for the Gem-A and GIA correspondence courses. For the second-year Jewellery Design students, Gemmology is a year-long compulsory course, similar in standard to the FGA Diploma (Great Britain). 

Postgraduate Courses

MA Visual Arts
The MA programme in Visual Arts offers an opportunity for an independent, specialized and advanced research project that makes a creative contribution to the broader discipline of Visual Arts. The course as a whole consists of an integrated study of practice-led and theoretical research and aims to encourage and promote independent creative and innovative practical work combined with theoretical research in the broader areas of:


Visual Communication or Graphic Design. Illustration, Jewellery Design, Fine Art

The unique nature of the integrated study approach is based on the coherence and interdependence of the study of the creative process as well as the theoretical dimensions of the elected area of focus, which leads to a contribution of knowledge and insight into the Visual Arts. The MA programme in Visual Arts is strictly a research programme with no prescribed coursework, translating into an open-ended project which is framed and delineated in an initial research proposal.

See our website for more details on admission requirements: www.sun.ac.za/visualarts 

International Students 

Exchange students
Student and lecturer exchange programmes have begun to play a significant role within the Department of Visual Arts, and more specifically in the Jewellery Design Division. In the interest of training students to participate in the global arena of contemporary jewellers, one of the Division’s primary goals is to continue fostering ties with reputable jewellery design institutions abroad. Some contacts have already led to collaborations that, in the long run, will contribute to the Division’s growing reputation as a leading international jewellery design school. The Pforzheim Fachhochschule in Germany, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule in Halle, Germany, and the Richmond Creative Academy in Italy have hosted some of the Division’s students and alumni over the past six years. 

International Students (IPSU) Course: lntroduction to Jewellery Design
Whilst the temporary hosting of jewellery students from all over the world is key to the Division, it also offers a course lntroduction to Jewellery Design in conjunction with the IPSU programme (International Programmes Stellenbosch University) to interested international students, without any prior knowledge of jewellery techniques. These classes are presented on a weekly basis for an entire semester. For more information see: www0.sun.ac.za/international/come-to-su-whats-on-offer/study-abroad-on-exchange/433-courses

Holiday courses and short courses

Evening Classes
The Jewellery Division offers a course per semester in the form of weekly evening classes. In this course an individual approach to design and manufacturing of jewellery is combined with an introduction to basic jewellery making skills.

Holiday School
The Jewellery Division offers two weeklong courses in jewellery design and production during the academic year. The first course is offered during the June/July winter break. The second course is offered during the weeklong September recess of the University of Stellenbosch, when the Visual Arts Department hosts a series of short courses in conjunction with the CCIBA (Centre for Comic, Illustration and Book Art, more info available at: http://www.cciba.sun.ac.za). These courses include book-binding, illustration, comics and the graphic novel, botanical illustration, children's book illustration, silver jewellery design and manufacture, figure drawing, elementary digital photography as well as the post production of digital photography. 

Contact Carine Terreblanche, ct@sun.ac.za for more information on short courses. 

Gemmology Short Courses
Short courses in Gemmology will be offered in conjunction with the winter and spring schools. The Beginners Course stretches over two days and introduces participants to some of the well-known gemstones, their origins, properties and enhancements, as well as some basic gemological instrumentation. During the Intermediate Course, which takes three days to complete, students gain insight into the crystallography of gemstones as well as their synthesis. The course also allows participants to identify selected gemstones.

Contact Jacomien Labuschagne at jacomien@sun.ac.za for more information on Gemmology

Contact

Carine Terreblanche - ct@sun.ac.za
Nanette Veldsman - nanette@sun.ac.za

University of Stellenbosch
Visual Arts Department
Victoria Street
Stellenbosch
7600

Tel: 27 (0)21 808 3052
Fax: 27 (0)21 808 3044

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2016:
Exhibition  26 Aug 2016 - 30 Aug 2016  Universiteit Stellenbosch University. Graduation Degree Show 2016.
2014:
Exhibition  28 Nov 2014 - 10 Dec 2014  Gradex ' 14.
Chelsea Borrow. Head Piece: Untitled, 2014. Platinum, pearls, wood. Winner PlatAfrica 2014. Chelsea Borrow
Head Piece: Untitled, 2014
Platinum, pearls, wood
Winner PlatAfrica 2014
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Lise von Wielliegh. Earrings: Untitled, 2014. Platinum. Merit Award PlatAfrica 2014. Lise von Wielliegh
Earrings: Untitled, 2014
Platinum
Merit Award PlatAfrica 2014
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Uté Francke. Pendant: Untitled, 2014. Platinum, Silk thread. Uté Francke
Pendant: Untitled, 2014
Platinum, Silk thread
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Tracey van Schelt. Pendant: Untitled, 2014. Platinum, string. Tracey van Schelt
Pendant: Untitled, 2014
Platinum, string
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Madri van Zyl. Earrings: Untitled, 2014. Platinum. Madri van Zyl
Earrings: Untitled, 2014
Platinum
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Gabi Kaplan. Pendant: Untitled, 2014. Platinum, Silk thread. Gabi Kaplan
Pendant: Untitled, 2014
Platinum, Silk thread
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De Villiers Venter. Pendant: Untitled. Silver, Enamel. De Villiers Venter
Pendant: Untitled
Silver, Enamel
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Jacomien Labuschagne. Pendant: Untitled. Silver, cotton. Jacomien Labuschagne
Pendant: Untitled
Silver, cotton
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Eric Loubser. Brooch: Untitled. Silver, Brass, Steel, Enamel. Eric Loubser
Brooch: Untitled
Silver, Brass, Steel, Enamel
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Eric Loubser. Brooch: Untitled. Silver, glass, artificial grass, found object. Eric Loubser
Brooch: Untitled
Silver, glass, artificial grass, found object
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Idané Burger. Hair Pin: Untitled. Silver, Brass, coral, tigers eye. Idané Burger
Hair Pin: Untitled
Silver, Brass, coral, tigers eye
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Marnell Kirsten. Pendant: Untitled. Silver, Brass, Copper, Enamel, found objects. Marnell Kirsten
Pendant: Untitled
Silver, Brass, Copper, Enamel, found objects
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Thérèse de Villiers. Brooch: Untitled. Silver. Thérèse de Villiers
Brooch: Untitled
Silver
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Thérèse de Villiers. Ring: Untitled. Silver. Thérèse de Villiers
Ring: Untitled
Silver
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Cindy Kaiser. Brooch: Untitled. Silver, Enamel, Copper. Cindy Kaiser
Brooch: Untitled
Silver, Enamel, Copper
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Gussie van der Merwe. Brooch: Untitled. Stockings, found objects, steel wire, stuffing. Gussie van der Merwe
Brooch: Untitled
Stockings, found objects, steel wire, stuffing
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Gussie van der Merwe. Brooch: Untitled. Stockings, steel wire, stuffing. Gussie van der Merwe
Brooch: Untitled
Stockings, steel wire, stuffing
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Gussie van der Merwe. Brooch: Untitled. Stockings, found object, steel, silver wire, stuffing. Gussie van der Merwe
Brooch: Untitled
Stockings, found object, steel, silver wire, stuffing
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Hilda le Roux. Brooch: Untitled. Silver. Hilda le Roux
Brooch: Untitled
Silver
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Hilda le Roux. Brooch: Untitled. Silver, Enamel. Hilda le Roux
Brooch: Untitled
Silver, Enamel
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Hilda le Roux. Ring: Untitled. Silver. Hilda le Roux
Ring: Untitled
Silver
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Hilda le Roux. Ring: Untitled. Silver. Hilda le Roux
Ring: Untitled
Silver
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Martelize du Pree. Brooch: Untitled. Silver. Martelize du Pree
Brooch: Untitled
Silver
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Maeve Roseveare. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Silicone breast implant, sterling silver. Maeve Roseveare
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Silicone breast implant, sterling silver
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Anna Pennazza. Ring: Untitled, 2010. Silk worm cocoons, eggs, glass, sterling silver, gold. Anna Pennazza
Ring: Untitled, 2010
Silk worm cocoons, eggs, glass, sterling silver, gold
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Marleen van Wyk. Necklace: Untitled, 2011. Hairdye samples, sterling silver. Marleen van Wyk
Necklace: Untitled, 2011
Hairdye samples, sterling silver
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Stacey Webb. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Kombucha, sterling silver. Stacey Webb
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Kombucha, sterling silver
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Wilma Greyling. Necklace: Untitled, 2011. Cow Intestine, resin, sterling silver. Wilma Greyling
Necklace: Untitled, 2011
Cow Intestine, resin, sterling silver
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Entrance Hall of Visual Arts Department.
Entrance Hall of Visual Arts Department

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Student Workshop I.
Student Workshop I

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Student Workshop II.
Student Workshop II

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Student Workshop III.
Student Workshop III

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Postgraduate Studio.
Postgraduate Studio

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Platinum Studio.
Platinum Studio

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Enamel Room.
Enamel Room

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Casting Room.
Casting Room

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Smithing workshop.
Smithing workshop

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Smithing workshop.
Smithing workshop

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Gemology Laboratory.
Gemology Laboratory

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Design Room.
Design Room

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Courtyard of Visual Arts Department.
Courtyard of Visual Arts Department

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