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Meet Dr Willie Bouwer, Head of STADIO School of Media and Design.

Dr. Willie Bouwer is the Head of School: Media and Design at STADIO with over 20 years of experience teaching students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. He has a Doctor of Technology: Motion Picture Production and a Master of Philosophy in Higher Education with a research topic on problem-centered curriculum implementation in the creative arts. Read what Dr Bouwer has to say about the STADIO School of Media and Design. 

STADIO’s School of Media and Design (Previously Prestige Academy) has a long and respected tradition of excellence in the arts; creative activity has been fundamental to its distinctive academic atmosphere and mission. The School of Media and Design acknowledges that the arts are specific forms of understanding that have a special and significant place in STADIO. The arts are historically rooted in academic departments as distinct fields of study that require students and faculty to develop high levels of disciplinary expertise.

However, student involvement, faculty scholarship and artistic vision at the School of Media and Design, make the arts an important presence in the curriculum and throughout the multiple campuses. In short, the arts are central to the focus of STADIO'S School of Media and Design on innovative critical inquiry into the most relevant problems facing humanity around the world. Our plan is to build on the extraordinarily strong connection between the arts across campuses and the distinctive approach to arts education by the School of Media and Design.

The creative arts at the School of Media and Design are grounded in five core departments: Visual Communication, 3D Animation, Photography, Web and Graphic Design.

As part of the curriculum at School of Media and Design, students are provided an opportunity to obtain accredited qualifications for the following job roles: Art or Creative Director, Game Designer, Graphic Designer, professional animator, Website designer, UI Designer, Professional Photographer and many more.

At the School of Media and Design, students are inspired to reimagine possibilities by developing critical visual literacy. The programmes emphasise innovative education in the multiple fields of the Arts with a focus on practical skills development. Interdisciplinary training within the programmes is on par with international trends and probes the pathways of culture through to an emerging future.

At the STADIO School of Media and Design, Students are supported, and their talents are cultivated by lecturers who are specialists in their industries. The School of Media and Design was the first school in South Africa to offer a dedicated accredited degree programme of study for 3D animation using industry-standard computer graphics software. Our state-of-the-art facilities will empower students to unlock their creative potential and become ‘work ready’, in this fast-paced, creative skills industry and economy.

Our Bellville campus is situated in beautiful Cape Town with an unappareled view on Table Mountain. It is a destination for art and culture, beyond its natural and incredible beauty, situated in a rare place of biodiversity and home to award-winning wine estates and top restaurants. Do not miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to study at STADIO School of Media and Design and reach your most creative potential.


DATE: April 2022 | DISCLAIMER: The content of this blog is accurate at the time of publication. STADIO reserves the right to change the content due to changes in legislation, as well as for market requirements and other reasons.