School of Arts

Digital Arts

Niran, Kimara Moodley, Durban Art Gallery
Animated Truth
Installation by Dr Yane Bakreski, Durban Art Gallery
Augmented Abstraction
Installation by Dr Stewart & Dr Bakreski, Durban Art Gallery
Big Man
Dennis Hurley Building, Jethro Settler
Projection
Claire Dongo, Durban Art Gallery
The Many Faces of Bob
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About Digital Arts

The discipline of Digital Arts was introduced at UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus in 2011. Based on the best practices in the world, it is designed to meet the needs of the new generation digital and new media artists, prepared to pursuit their individual interests in the academia, industry or as individual artists. Digital Arts is offered as an undergraduate major and postgraduate study (Honours, MA and PhD) within the Humanities and within the BA and SocSCi Degrees. Digital Arts at present at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels offers almost of the art forms that involve digital technology as a production tool, such as digital photography and video, graphic design and visual communication, digital drawing and painting, digital graphic novels and web comics, 3D modelling etc., as well as art forms that reflect on the digital technology as a medium (new media art), such as digital art installation, internet art, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality etc. The discipline also offers an extremely strong Animation strand, including traditional 2D animation, 3D animation, and experimental animation.

Staff

Dr. Yane Bakreski

Who am I?

Dr. Yane Bakreski (born Feb 06, 1982 in Ohrid, Macedonia) is visual artist and professor in visual arts. Currently he is lecturing in the Department of Digital Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, SA. He owns Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees from the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Yane is author of many one-man shows and various group art projects in Macedonia and abroad. His creative and teaching interests are interdisciplinary, equally oriented towards the traditional art disciplines, as well as the new digital media and art forms created with computer technology.

Dr. Michelle Stewart

Who am I?

Dr. Michelle Stewart is a lecturer in Digital Arts, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg. She holds a  Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Art History and a PhD in animation studies. Her research interests straddle both traditional and new media creative processes, in particular traditional painting and drawing media, experimental ‘fine art’ animation and installation. She has solo exhibitions and taken part in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa and abroad. Her experimental animated film “Big Man” has been screened on number of International film festivals (winning the the Best Animated Film Award at the Euro Kino Czech International Independent Film Festival)

Undergraduate Modules

The undergraduate major encompasses two areas of study: a theoretical component which is aimed at understanding of the nature of digital media and a creative component aimed at helping students develop the skills needed to exploit the multiple creative possibilities that have been unleashed by the digital revolution. The undergraduate programme consists of 8 modules, 2 taken in the 1st year of study, 2 in the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd. These modules are divided into 4 “theory” modules and 4 “practical” modules, although this is a very loose distinction, since the theory modules incorporate a certain amount of practical work and the practical components draw on and extend students’ theoretical understanding. A more detailed account of the structure of the major is presented below.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Postgraduate Modules

This program is comprised of 50% theory and 50% practice. The aim of this program is to introduce advanced level digital arts production and theory and to allow students to engage with a certain level of specialisation. The content for both the theoretical and practice-based components draw on and extend conceptual, aesthetic and technical processes and ideas introduced at the undergraduate level. The postgraduate honours programme consists of 4 modules; 2 studio-based modules and 2 theoretical modules. Students are required to take one studio-based and one theory-based module per semester. While, the studio-based modules focus on specialisation and independent research – these modules may include structured tuition depending on the digital processes that are taught. The theory-based modules include a critical to introduction academic writing and research and a long essay of 10-12000 words. The content builds on that taught in the undergraduate program and importantly relates to practice as well as theory.

Semester One

Semester Two

DIGA7RP: Research Paper

The aim of this module is for students to apply the research skills and knowledge acquired from DIGA710 in semester one. Students are required to

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News

Digital Arts Student Shortlisted in Yogi Sip Competition

Arts Student’s Animated Movie to Premier at International Festival

Digital Arts PhD student shortlisted for UN funded exhibition

Humanities Student awarded KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission bursary

Arts students showcase Digital Photographs at Exhibition

Digital Arts students display work at Jack Heath Gallery