Internationally renowned fashion designer, Gert Johan Coetzee, is affording one aspiring designer with a 3-year bursary to study BA Fashion Design at the North West School of Design- Gert Johan Coetzee`s fashion school of choice.
The bursary is open to current Grade 12 learners as well as people who have graduated high school.
The value of the bursary is R104 000.00 which includes tuition fees, study material, an internship at Gert Johan Coetzee’s Studio and most importantly, the mentorship of Gert Johan Coetzee (which involves help and guidance from him throughout the 3 years of study as well as accompanying Gert Johan Coetzee to various fashion events, networking events, social events and through this networking with celebrities and thus creating possible job opportunities).
Applicants need to submit the following documents:
• A certified copy of their Identification Document
• A short CV or resume
• Latest statement of results
• A one- page essay motivating why he/she should be the recipient of the bursary.
• Four sketches- two eveningwear (couture) and two ready-to-wear (pret-a-porter). The theme is “Me, myself and I.”
• Via Registered Post: Gert Johan Coetzee,
P.O. Box 10457
• Via Hand Delivery: Gert Johan Coetzee
Suite 3,4,5 Oudorp Pharmacy Complex
1B Joe Slovo Road
The top 7 applicants, who are chosen purely based on the quality of work submitted, as age, race, gender and birthplace are removed, will undergo an interview process with Gert Johan Coetzee and his publicist and will have to write an application test on the morning of the NWSD Graduation Fashion Show (10 November 2012). On the evening of the fashion show Gert Johan Coetzee will announce the winner of the Gert Johan Coetzee Bursary.
The closing date for applications is 8 October 2012 and the date of the fashion show is 10 November 2012. This auspicious event will be held at the Klerksdorp City Hall.
Ultimately, the goal of this bursary is not just affording someone their life’s dream but allowing positive growth in the fashion community of South Africa. Objectively, the Gert Johan Coetzee Bursary will become a household name.
Gert Johan Coetzee studied fashion at the North West School of Design and qualified as Designer of the year in 2005. For the past four years, he has served on the institution’s advisory board and said that what he studied in 2004 & 2005 is very different from what is being taught there today. Due to the constant changing of the fashion industry, the courses as well as the course material used, is continuously being updated with the latest input from top designers and industry leaders, locally and internationally. Also, having local as well as international lecturers, it was easy for Gert Johan Coetzee to decide on North West School of Design as the best school for the bursary.
(Gert Johan Coetzee and 2011 bursery winner, John Wayne Keyser)