Johnathan Andrews Academy

The Johnathan Andrews Academy has a history that spans more than a decade.

We are committed to offering world class training to produce world class results through all our courses.

All our training programmes are hand-crafted and combine theoretical with practical training as fundamental approach.




The Johnathan Andrews Academy has a history that spans more than a decade.

During 2007 Johnathan was invited by one of the departments of the University of South Africa to compile a photography course for beginners in digital photography to present as in-house training for lecturers. This course was received very well and soon it was made available to the public, which lead to the establishment of the Johnathan Andrews School of Photography. During the following years Johnathan developed a range of photography courses of the highest standard.

An exciting development in 2011 was the launch of phase one of a course in cinematography! As a pilot for the course, Johnathan teamed with UNISA to make available a first version of the course under their A Chance To Advance initiative. The course, in its final format, was soon integrated into the school's curriculum.

During 2013 the idea of an Academy was conceived. The core of the idea was to provide training options to students in various fields which would equip them with skills and experience to excel in today's competitive marketplace. Areas of particular focus included website development as an additional skill that can be acquired which can either be used as a key to an entrepreneur or a skill set that can be used as an asset in the work place.

In addition, as a result of the amount of work and opportunities that students create for make-up artists and models, the Academy training scope was broadened to include courses in professional make-up.

The Johnathan Andrews Academy was deployed systematically in 2014 with the following departments:

- Digital Photography
- Video Production
- Photo & Video Editing
- Professional Make-up

During March 2017 The Academy took a huge step and relocated to 79b in Germiston. 79b is a 5500m² space located in a semi-industrial area which is systematically being refurbished and developed to offer students more than what any establishment is able to.

Johnathan Andrews

jaJohnathan Andrews is a versatile photographer, documentary film producer, founder of the Johnathan Andrews School of Photography (later changed to Johnathan Andrews Academy) and freelance journalist. His passion for photography developed long before 1997 when he created his first image of the Acropolis in Athens and his work has since evolved into a complex operation which now also includes cinematography. Johnathan Andrews work has over the years been transformed into 9 publications of the journal entitled Voyage of the Planet as well as numerous documentary films shot in various countries including Israel, Jordan, West Bank/Palestine, Egypt and Uganda.

During 2010 he published a book in the USA entitled A Collection of Photographic Works. In 2012 Johnathan published the book Creating a Photography Portfolio, which received the first prize in the International Book Awards in Los Angeles.

The Johnathan Andrews School of Photography (JASP) was established in 2008 after he received an invitation from a department of the University of South Africa to compile a course in Digital Photography for internal training. To date he has presented training to more than 400 individuals through JASP and in 2011 he presented his first course on invitation, Introduction to Cinematography, at UNISA under the university's Chance to Advance programme.

He was awarded the Licentiateship Distinction (2010) and the Associateship Distinction (2013) by the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain for photographic work.

As a frequent guest on radio talk shows Johnathan shares his passion for photography and is often a speaker at events on the topic.

Johnathan is immersed in the continuous process of evolving his photography and creative imagery, and challenges himself with the constant quest of "capturing the essence" and "telling the deepest story".

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Bianca Cilliers

Bianca Cilliers
Bianca Cilliers

Bianca Cilliers is a professional make-up artist.

She studied Fashion, Theatre and Media Make-up at Face to Face Make-up School and obtained a SETA (Skills Education Training Authority) Certification in 2011. Obtained an international diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make-up accredited by ITEC ( in 2011. Studied Airbrush Make-up at Perth College of Beauty Therapy, Western Australia in 2012.

Facilitator: Professional Make-Up

Animation Department

Brandon Mhlanga is a Johannesburg bred Animator, Graphics and Visual Effects Production Specialist employed by the renowned Johnathan Andrews Photography and Video studio. Brandon is a 22 year old single male, who graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with Honours, Digital Animation from the University of Witwatersrand in 2015. He has worked on major projects that have elevated his Animation skills and in addition has worked as Director and Producer. Some of Brandon’s skill include but are not exhaustive  are -  multiple 3D – Modelling, Rendering, Rigging, Maya Dynamics, Photoshop,  image editing, video editing, composing software packages,  and Computer Programming, . Brandon also knows about Photography, Video Editing and Drawing. Brandon’s ambition is to have an impact from one end of the pipeline to the other and understands that all it takes is dedication, a good attitude and a smile to produce top quality industry standard, competitive and marketable material, with a pleasant demeanor the sky is the limit for Brandon.

Yokim Pillay is a professional photographer, graphic designer and visual effects artist from Johannesburg. He graduated from Vega School of Brand Leadership in 2013 and has been hard at work as a freelance artist. His wide-array of skills include studio and location photography, photo retouching, compositing for photo and video, video editing, sound engineering, and graphic design. His hard working persona has resulted in an accumulation of self-taught skills sets; Yokim specializes in concert and event photography, with a predominant background in the music industry. He loves passing his knowledge on through teaching others to be as open to learning as he has become. Yokim plays the guitar in a band and enjoys spending his time at home with his pet rats whilst he plays video games. As virile and active as he may pass himself off to be, Yokim does not partake in anything that does not involve him being in a sedentary position.

Facilitators: 2D Animation Courses